Unsubscribing to the ordinary, Fred have been one of Cork's most prolific bands for over 10 years. After a series of fitful stops, starts and misadventures FRED launched themselves in earnest with the release of their debut album 'Can't Stop I'm Being Timed' (2002). Released independently with no proper distribution or coordinated PR push, FRED were overwhelmed by the response to it. Their hard work and reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in the country helped them to sell over 2000 copies.
Their string of achievements based on this first tentative step was remarkable by any standards. The press response was glowing. They received airplay on all the national Radio stations (highlights being performing live on both Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds and The John Creedon Show on Radio 1). They also made their first appearances on TV (RTE 2's ID, TG4's Cula 4). The record was described in the print media as 'Wonderful' 'Amazing' and 'Superb'.
Their reputation on the live performance scene also went from strength to strength after the release of their first record, with the highlights including two successful tours of Central Europe, as well as filling the Witnness Rising tent to heaving point at the Witnness Festival in the Summer of 2003.
Different commitments forced a line-up change in summer 2003. So as Emmett and Liam departed, Jamin O'Donovan from Limerick was drafted in. One man to replace two is an onerous task indeed, but O'Donovan rose to the challenge admirably and FRED have become the tight knit five piece they are today.