I fell in love with the Frightnrs’ music last year when they released their EP Inna Lovers Quarrel. I couldn’t believe a modern-day reggae band was making such classic-sounding roots music. I listened to the EP nonstop, and told everyone I knew about them.
Earlier this year, I reached out to the Frightnrs to see if they were available to perform on a bill with myself and Matisyahu at The Capitol Theatre for his Youth 10th anniversary show in March. They responded via email and let me know they had stopped performing indefinitely due to health issues. Turns out their frontman Dan Klein was diagnosed with ALS and had become very sick.
He died a month ago.
Last week, The New York Times published an article about the Frightnrs and the tragedy surrounding the band. Not only did Dan pass away, two other members of the band (who are brothers) recently lost their father in a crazy auto accident. But through it all, the Frightnrs’ debut is still set to be released later this year on Daptone Records, and the Times story broke down the sad but inspiring details of how they rallied together to get the album done and make sure Klein left behind a beautiful legacy. The write-up also featured the band’s new single which shares the same title as their upcoming debut, Nothing More To Say.
Listen above (song is gorgeous), and read below.
With Wounded Spirits, the Frightnrs Rally Around Their Frontman
RIP Dan Klein. Thank you for everything you gave to us. Your spirit will always live on.