“WE GOT back together to see if anybody cared.”
Those were the words of Fratellis frontman Jon Fratelli ahead of their upcoming tour.
Speaking to the Mail he said the Glasgow band have rediscovered their love for playing live after reforming following a split.
“The shows we put on made us realise that we should make another record,’ said Jon ‘It’s nice to be able to be back playing to people.”
With new album We Need Medicine out now and a tour - including dates throughout the UK - coming up this month the band are keen to get back to where they belong, performing to a ever appreciative audience.
“We just lost somewhere that joy of going and playing music, said Jon, ‘For some reason we forgot that all we wanted to do was go and play to an audience and to keep things as simple as that.”
It was this that led them to get back in the studio to record We Need Medicine. The first single Seven Nights, Seven Days is a top track that proves The Fratellis are back at their best.
“It’s been nice to re-discover the simple pleasure of playing shows’, said Jon, ‘It’s the only thing we have control over if all else fails.”
When the three-piece band first found success - the most notorious hit being Chelsea Dagger - they felt there came a point where too much emphasis was placed on whether their singles were played on the radio. This time round it’s different - it’s all about the music.
‘There’s a thread that connects the first record to this one,’ said Jon, ‘but at the same time things are different now.”
“I love recording but playing to real people is a great measure to gauge reaction and becomes quite addictive.
‘One gig in Spain was one of a bunch of gigs but was really special. When we came off none of us could talk - we all had stupid big grins on our faces, it was so overwhelming, it felt like being in the Rolling Stones for the night. “You just don’t know when that’s going to happen.”
The Fratellis will play at Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on November 26.