The Fray performs at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach...

The Fray performs at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (Aug. 21, 2012) Credit: Agaton Strom

Long Islanders will be among the first in the world to hear new music from The Fray, as the "How to Save a Life" rockers have chosen the area to unveil songs from their anticipated upcoming album here.

Though their most recent area appearance was as headliners at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, they will play two special, intimate concerts at The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 23 and 24. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

"We're excited to play these smaller shows," said Fray guitarist Joe King. "Just coming from the studio, there's a nervous energy that's almost tangible -- not in an awkward way, but because this is the freshest expression of what we've been working on."

King said the band has completed recording their follow-up to last year's "Scars & Stories," which hit No. 4 on the album charts. This time out, the band has teamed up with producer Stuart Price, best known for his work with Madonna and The Killers. "We're not making a club record or a dance record," King said. "We're doing what we do best. We're writing songs that capture emotions."

King said he is looking forward to sharing the music with Long Island fans of the band. "A fan that is first to jump on a smaller show like this really knows us, knows more than just our singles," he said. "But one thing we learned from U2 is that you always have to pull out the hits. You have to give people what they want, too."

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