Magnolia Park guitarists Freddie Criales and Tristan Torres have formed a new anti-pop project, FRED, and released their debut single “U Want Me Dead” via Epitaph Records.
Inspired by a new wave of artists in the alt and anti-pop scenes, FRED are a multimedia endeavor created with simple goals in mind—to make music for people who feel like they’re outsiders and to create great art.
“U Want Me Dead” pairs despondent vocals and painfully honest lyrics with a bouncy rhythm and vibrant synths. The catchy hook explodes with angsty power chords inspired by pop-punk and alt-rock acts as Freddie confronts his anxiety-ridden introversion as a person with whom he is having a conversation. Equating his anxiety to the daily battles of enduring a toxic relationship, Criales categorizes the song as “the ultimate anthem for anybody struggling in a relationship.”
Check out “U Want Me Dead” below.
Images courtesy of FRED. Featured image credit: Jessica Griffith.