The Fratellis are back in business and back on the road. The Glaswegian three-piece may have been behind one of the last decade’s catchiest tracks, Chelsea Dagger, but while riding a wave of success they announced a surprise hiatus.
Fast forward three years and they’ve returned with a new album, set to be released later this year, under their belts.
Lead singer and guitarist Jon Fratelli, born Jon Lawler, says fans needn’t worry too much about the sound which helped them to scoop Best British Breakthrough Gong at the 2007 Brit Awards changing too much.
“We’ve not changed in any way that is going to challenge people too much and you can’t really expect people to buy into what you are doing and then completely change it. You do enough to keep them motivated and interested,” he explained.
Throughout this month the band will be performing a seven-date tour which sees them playing Newcastle’s O2 Academy on April 16. Jon says he and fellow band members, Baz and Mince, can’t wait.
“I can think of worse ways of spending my days than playing guitar with your friends. We really enjoy playing live, it’s that instant feedback you get from people. You can’t fool people when you’re playing in front of them.
“You can tell by the looks on their faces if they think it’s good or not.”
He added: “The further north you go, the slightly louder the crowd. Maybe it’s because it’s cold up there and it’s a way to keep yourself warm.”
The Fratellis formed in March of 2005 and went on to sell over a million copies of debut album, Costello Music, in the UK alone.
A whirlwind two years followed in which they where labelled “The Best New Band In Britain” by The NME.
Costello Music gave birth to the thunderous Creepin Up The Backstairs, the heartfelt Whistle For The Choir and the epic Chelsea Dagger before The Fratellis announced a break from the music scene in 2010.
Now they are fresh from completing their new album after announcing they were reforming last September. Jon says the band got back together because “we woke up one morning and felt like it. We don’t like to over-think things.”
He added: “We’ve finished the album now and we want to play enough of the new material to satisfy people, but not too much so that it will p**s them off. There is that thread running through the new stuff that sounds like us, it’s impossible for it not to, really.
“The first album came out in 2006 and of course we have moved on and evolved since then, but not too much that it will confuse people.”
After the tour, they’ll be hitting more stages later in the year.
“We’ve got a bunch of festivals to play,” Jon said. “We always think we’re pushing our luck and that one day that luck will run out, but we’ll play wherever anyone wants us to.
“We try not to have too many hopes past what we’re doing. Being able to play to audiences is reward enough.
“Not everyone is in that position for one reason or another. We’re lucky that we have an audience we can play to and can feed off that.”
l The Fratellis play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on April 16. For details, visit www.thefratellis.com