We like The Fray — who hasn’t listened to “Over My Head (Cable Car)” on repeat for an entire day? Oh, we’re the only ones who do that? Never mind.
Anyway, The Fray was asked to perform the National Anthem at last night’s NCAA championship basketball game between Kentucky and Kansas. It seemed a little odd: The band isn’t exactly known for their booming voices. Still, we wanted to give them a chance.
The verdict? It was different — a little too different for the typical basketball crowd that prefers “Who Let The Dogs Out” to simple love songs. The web quickly pounced on the band’s take on the U.S.’s theme song with remarks that The Fray performed “a version that made you want to curl up in the corner and drunk text an ex,” according to the Washington Post.
The Houston Chronicle called it “dreadful.” Other fans commented that it was a huge letdown.
“Unbelievably disappointing! Did you not practice? Could you not hear yourself!! The third chord was right in the intro and horribly wrong every time after that!” fan Michael Rafferty commented on a Facebook post.
The Fray isn’t above responding to their detractors, though.
“Upon thinking about it, doing the National Anthem is a bit like choosing between Jif and Skippy. You just can’t please everyone,” bandmate Dave Welsh tweeted afterward. Guitarist Joe King took the blame for the band’s poor performance.
“I’m going to ride home on the KU bus today,” he tweeted. “My fingers froze last night. If anyone wants to join me I’ll be at the loser bar tonight.”
Watch The Fray perform… if you dare