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The Fratellis

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Fratelli, noun, abstract: Scottish-Italian for “to push on, and improve, with unstoppable enthusiasm, to ever greater heights”, viz: “That’s a totally Fratelli way of doing things…”

Playful, punchy and purposefully relaxed, The Fratellis are back. Jon (vocals/guitar/piano), Barry (bass) and Mince Fratelli (drums) are roaring into their second decade with a fifth album that plays to their strengths while also pushing their sound in vivid new directions. Mantric Indian rock, anyone? A bit of sampledelic funkateering? In Your Own Sweet Time is the sound of a band finding a brand new sweet spot, aided by repeat collaborator Tony Hoffer (OK Go, Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian) in his Los Angeles studio.

Before they began recording the new album, The Fratellis had some past glories to revisit. At the end of 2016, they undertook a 16-date UK tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Costello Music. It was the debut album that roared: 83 weeks in the charts, begetter of a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act, home of the deathless, dauntless ‘Chelsea Dagger’.

It’s not really in my nature to be nostalgic,” admits this writer forever with his eye on the next song, but he admits he couldn’t help but enjoy the experience once he was in the thick of it. The idea was to perform the album from start to finish, “but we quickly realised that if you do that, the two most popular songs – if you do it in the right order – come right at the start of the gig. So you start to get a bit more creative. But I figured that as long as we played all those 13 songs on the same night, people would be OK with that.

In Your Own Sweet Time became available via cooking vinyl on 16 March 2018.