Unashamedly influenced by pop/rock’s old guard Elvis, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Stones, The Police and soul classics such as Prince, Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye, Fruean intends the listener to be moved.
“Emotionally and Spiritually… I want them to make that investment, and I want the songs to pay them back”
Over the last ten years Andrew has proved himself as one of Wellington’s musical collaborators and singer/songwriters. Balancing a music career and a shirt-and-tie career hasn’t always been easy. With the duality comes a sense of not belonging entirely to either world.
“I always felt that I wanted to express myself creatively and artistically through music but I allowed the fear of failure and public scrutiny get the better of me at times…”
Now Andrew’s excellent new album ‘DREW’ has been released, traversing personal themes of discovery, loss, heartache, and self awareness; of life and family; of transition:
“Embracing that point where the past meets the uncertain future.”
With the help of producer Nic McGowan (Good Laika, Ghostplane and Paselode) Andrew has finally arrived, with a beautifully crafted album. A collection of songs with infectious melodies and heart!
The songs were captured live at Wellington’s Island Bay Studios and co-produced with McGowan and performed by Fruean and his friends. Fruean plays guitar, mandolin and lead vocal on the album. His collaborators include celebrated Wellington musicians Darren Mathiassen (Trinity Roots, Rhombus and Hollie Smith Band) on drums and Paul Mouncey (OdESSA) on bass guitar. Together they form an impressive rhythm section joined by Tim Solly on keyboards and Andre Paris on saxophone & clarinet.