Critics have referred to Fraud as "exotic", "thrilling" and "intrepid". Combining the dynamics of rock with the techniques of jazz, compositions are nipped and tucked with the wizardry of electronics. The music is both wildly unpredictable and disturbingly unexpected. Like a stream of consciousness narrative, their compositions leave the listener disorientated yet gripped. With the ground constantly shifting, no audience can feel complacent in the company of Fraud.
"...It's what the phrase cutting edge was invented for, and a
very impressive debut." **** -- John Fordham - The Guardian, May 2007
"...a raspy ear-shredding sax wails over glitchy electronic
percussion, wobbly synth splurges and "baritone guitar". It's rather good"
*** -- John Lewis, Uncut magazine, June 2007
"...this young Hackney quintet are currently setting the agenda
for the future of British Jazz. Their clattering eponymous debut Fraud
(Babel) doesn't disappoint..." -- Robert Shore, Metro, May 2007
"Each time I listen to Fraud I hear something new...an intrepid
and intensely contemporary sound. Music this spontaneous, focused and
robust is extremely hard to find." -- Pete Wareham, Acoustic Ladyland
"Welcome to the new century of improvised music" -- Jazzwise, Feb 2007