"We lean towards the surreal and absurd, but with the odd grain of truth thrown in..." - hmv.com talks to The Fratellis
Best known for their 2006 mega-hit 'Chelsea Dagger', Scottish trio return today (August 21st( with their fifth studio album Eyes Wide, Tongued Tied (you can preview and purchase the album on the right-hand side of the page) and we sat down with frontman Jon Fratelli to find out all about it...
When did you start working on Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied?
"Mostly it was written and recorded from May to October last year."
Has the way you write songs changed during your years as a band? Do things take longer now?
"It feels much the same to me, songs arrive and you're just lucky if you're awake enough to catch them."
You recorded the album with Tony Hoffer, what was he like and what does he give you as a producer?
"As always he's one step ahead of the game, always buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas, in that respect he's the perfect producer."
How did you want the album to move on from We Need Medicine?
"The songs dictated that it had moved on, you have to let that happen, I get bored very easily so that might come into play."
What kind of album is this lyrically?
"I haven't actually given that any thought.... lyrically I lean towards the surreal and sometimes the absurd but with the odd grain of truth thrown in for good measure."
Where did the title come from?
"It was a line from a song called 'Medusa In Chains', which didn't make the album, I liked the feel of it."
What are your plans to take the record out on tour?
"Just to keep going out there and playing wherever there's an audience and hopefully connecting with them."
You’re coming up to 10 years as a band, are you planning any special celebrations?
"Having lasted this long is celebration enough!"