"....There's no resisting this stuff unless you're a tone-deaf, stone-hearted, know nothing... Judging on tonight's showing, here are the most underrated band on these shores, and the real hope for 2007. Blissed out, loved-up and goddamn down and out funky, Fred we love you..." -NME - January 2007
...If Fred was an individual, hed be the life and soul of the party, the kind of guy whod put fun in a funeral. As it transpires, Fred is five such individuals, bringing all manner of subversive mirth to the show. Fred are as gallant and gifted a band of warriors as has ever defended the spirit of rocknroll-your-own -Hotpress
...Fred tear up the indie-angst rule-book to create a distinctive, original sound......Tight arrangement, sweet harmonies and a rhythm section that doesnt know when to quit are all strings to Freds bow, but it is their lyrics, taking an intelligent, left-of-centre look at the world, that make them a breath of fresh air. -The Irish Examiner
Dont wait dont even finish reading this. Get this album. -Evening Echo
Premier indie-funk-rock-soul-train Fred have been on an upward journey for some time now, having two acclaimed albums under their belt. A sterling live reputation, a work ethic that would put most bands to shame and some influencial Fred-Heads in high places, it looks like this five piece are about to surpass their cult status in their home country, with a long overdue buzz beginning in both the UK and America.
Theyre Irelands best kept secret but it seems their now doing their level best to change all that. -The Limerick Event Guide
There is no doubt they are one of the top five bands in Ireland today and what they are producing is utterly contemporary. Fred are a breath of fresh air from the oh-so-serious world of Irish music at present. Their live shows combine their instantly catchy songs, their magnificent musicianship and their wicked sense of humor to great effect.
College rock heroes from Cork up the ante and stake a claim for the title of happiest band in the world. Just don't mention the word 'quirky'. -Cluas.com
...Cork five piece Fred have already carved out an impressive, if understated, niche as a bumbling, breezy outfit with a cheerful head and a punk heart.
Anyone who has seen them play live will testify to the fun to be had at a Fred gig, Their musical performances verge on comedic, and their energy is infectious.
FRED are the most exciting band to come out of Ireland in along time.
The 5 piece from Cork City have exploded onto the Irish music scene and
now look set to launch their unique brand of high-energy odd-rock on
the rest of the planet.
Like Sly & The Family Stone in a swordfight with the Flaming Lips,
refereed by Brian Wilson according to national newspaper The Irish
Post, FRED take everything that is good about music and put it in one
giant sexy-ass package. Imagine your favourite song, now imagine your
favourite song cooking you dinner. Thats how good FRED are.
Releasing their magnificently glorious album Making Music So You Dont
Have To, to a sold out Opera House, the record has since brought
feelings of tenderness and unbridled joy to all that have heard it,
with some fans going so far as to say that their souls burst on
listening. How can one band make so many feel this way? By bulldozing
all musical boundaries that lay in their path.
From being mere cult heroes in their native city one year ago, they
have gone on to appear on every radio station, TV channel and stage in
the country. From being used as theme music on national radio and TV
shows (and beyond to the world famous BBC studios) enlisting droves in
the FRED army everywhere they go..
In the last year alone, they played to over 20,000 people at their own
shows, excluding major festival appearances. This is the beginning of
The national press have delivered their verdict:
Musical Mavericks Hot Press
Best Album Of The Year The Village
Fecund and Feckless The Irish Times
Unbelievably Brilliant The Irish Examiner