Rock is more than a four-letter word, it is a message, a statement to which many bands attest to doing, but only a handful of them succeed. The Frauds are one of them. Yes, their name might suggest that they're a group of fakes, but they are not. They claim to bring the rock, and boy, do they ever.

Their self-titled debut, originally self-released in 2004, was a homage to their influences: Superdrag, The Who, Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, you name it. Where one song might sound like DIY indie rock, the next can have the appeal of arena rock proportions. With their new album, Hiding Out Loud, the band continues the ethos brought forth on their debut, while branching out and exploring new horizons once untouched.

Where the band concoct the same formula as their debut on the lead-off track "Nothing To Say" or the deep cut "I Can See The Light," they branch out and expand with the Beach Boys-esque laden harmonies of "Palm Tree Baby." Grand scales of piano and mellotron give you comfort in "Asphalt Dunegon," and the acoustic guitars wash all the pain away in "Roundtown Rose," while also balancing Loud's ferocious at times demeanor. And lest we forget the bass grooves and barking vocal that make up "Strawberry Soul", a melody that will be trapped in your mind for days.

Louder. Softer. However you want them. The Frauds are back.

The Frauds are based out of Baltimore, MD, home of Frank Zappa and
David Hasselhoff (their two biggest influences). Rick Bowman (guitar, piano, vocals) teams up with brothers Emerson: Eric (bass, vocals) and Ernie Jr. (drums, wrenches) and new addition Jonny Watkins (guitar) to carve out their space among the new legion of DIY indie rockers in the digital age.


Pastepunk Review
The slick looking cover art to THE FRAUDS new full-length, Hiding Out Loud snagged my attention, and the Baltimore-based band's "rock it like you own it," style, held it strong for the next 45 minutes. Featuring a tasty blend of rock that's part SUPERDRAG, part THE VINES, and not without a little bit of BEACH BOYS flavoring, THE FRAUDS do some pretty impressive stuff with their guitars and vocal harmonies.

Amplifier Magazine Review
Oh, I get it - the name's meant to be ironic. Or is it? A rock band that focuses on riffs, power chords and driving rhythms can surely only be described as the real thing, right?

In true punk D-I-Y fashion, the sleeve notes announces that The Frauds was "recorded in our apartments, by ourselves." C'mon, the authenticity is bleeding out of these fellows' noses. What more could you want? Really, what more? Can you tell the difference anymore between the real McCoy and a fraud nowadays? Is there even a discernible difference? And does it matter? Maybe that's the message behind The Fraud's nom de plume.

No hidden agenda, certainly, in the painfully honest, earthy and straightforward sixteen songs that you will discover on this worthy platter. Just good tunes that, you know, rock! I suppose if you really needed a handle on The Frauds, the garage revival comes into the equation somewhat but really there's a touch of Weezer power pop that surfaces here and there, not to mention plain ol' 70s classic rock.

The Frauds mix it up nicely so they never get boring; and so, uneasy geeky power ballads like "Stare" get thrown together with traditional rock fare like "The Church of Seduction & The Republic of Business," "Radio Waves" and "Believe What I've Found" and so on. In the meantime, tracks like the jangly "She'll Never Tell" and the acoustic "Tattoo You" provide the useful breaks in the pace that keeps things on an even keel throughout. Recommended. – Kevin Mathews

Jersey Beat Review:

THE FRAUDS – The Frauds
Fraud (noun) A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. The Frauds (noun) An indie quartet from Baltimore, Maryland whose sound is characterized by driving melodic guitars, three part vocal harmony, and balls to the wall rock. The Frauds debut album is a great slice of indie rock served with a side of power pop. This band really delivers the goods on this fantastic record, the goods being some really fantastic and melodic guitar work that is reminiscent of New Pornographers and Superdrag.

But not every song is sweet and sugary, a perfect mix so you don’t spoil your dinner. The opening track, “The Church of Seduction & The Republic of Business” doesn’t wait around to get the show going. After a quick sound bite convicting the listener of “Assholeism,” the track blasts forward with a chugging guitar line. The chorus of the song utilizes a fantastic cascading guitar line that leaps out at the listener like a surprise birthday party. This track helps setup the shape of the album and allows the listener to experience the colors that The Frauds are painting with. Another standout track is the very power pop oriented track “Fade Away.” The album was produced by Rick Bowman and EJ Emerson, two members of the group.

The production allows the group to come alive on the album. Each track is recorded with just the right mix allowing the vocal harmonies, guitar lines, bass riffs, and drum tracks to be heard clear as day. Fans of Superdrag, New Pornographers, Early Weezer, The Shins, and good music in general, will want to run to their local music store and demand a copy ofThe Frauds. – Andrew Haines


BabySue Online
The Frauds - The Frauds (CD, High Wire Music / Fontana / Orange, Rock)

As soon as we heard Divine's unmistakable voice proclaim "You stand convicted of ASSHOLISM!" at the beginning of this album, we knew the guys in this Baltimore quartet had their hearts in the right place. Rather than being the least bit fraudulent, the guys in this band play straightforward melodic rock with plenty of honest punchy hooks and infectious enthusiasm.

Unlike many rock bands who play with such force that the songs get lost, these gentlemen have the good sense to keep things under control so that they can get their point across. And get their point across they do during the course of this intensely satisfying sixteen track album. To put it simply...we don't often come across debuts this good. Purely entertaining tracks include "The Church of Seduction & The Republic of Business," "American To Pass Away," "Two Pasadena," "Stare," and "I Don't Wanna Know." Great music from a great new band. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Not Lame Review:
2007 release from a band whose self-titled debut was one of our more favorite records of 2005. Now, with “Hiding Out Loud” comes the follow up. This has a bit more edge and rock ‘n roll spirit than the debut but they don’t lose the melodies or hooks and that is more than A-OK to these ears. Stacks of refreshing, slippery hooks, sugary subversive melodies inside the rocking guitar lines all over the place, all wrapped up in a `could be huge playing in arenas in that alternate musical universe so many of us rhasodize over-a-few-beers.` Brimming with great, memorable song after song. These `frauds` are the real deal and about as authentic as it gets.

Solid, meaty, no-frills songs with mucho pompy pop with rock attitude, big guitar lines and riffs, gritty vocals and melodies up the gazoo! Not merely the sum of their influences but authentic slab of real rock ‘n roll with a pop center. This the real deal when comes to combining the ‘power’ and ‘pop’ in ‘power pop’. Yes, it’s one of those ‘unavoidable’ Extremely Highly Recommended releases!