Video: The Fray ruins the National Anthem

The Fray National Anthem Video

A lot of so-called cool kids hesitate to admit they like listening to The Fray. To be honest, I like some of their songs, but what happened at the NCAA championship game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats on Monday night was borderline atrocious.

Isaac Slade, the lead vocalist, didn’t forget the lyrics. He didn’t sing off key. But the Grammy-nominated band from Denver, Colorado did give one of the worst renditions of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” in recent memory.

It was dark, acoustic (with tambourine), and the Washington Post’s Cindy Boren called it “a version that made you want to curl up in the corner and drunk text an ex.” However, The Fray’s lead guitarist Dave Welsh seemed to take the criticism in good spirit. “Upon thinking about it, doing the National Anthem is a bit like choosing between Jif and Skippy. You just can’t please everyone,” he wrote on Twitter.

Here’s a video of The Fray performing “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Oh, and by the way, the Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks 67-59 to win the school’s eighth NCAA championship.