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THE FRATELLIS Announce New Album... US Tour... Song Premiere on Billboard!
New Album Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied Set For
Release August 21st Billboard Premieres Track 'Me and
US Fall Tour Announced!
They say that vertigo is not the fear of falling but
the fear of wanting to jump. But Jon Fratelli knows
no fear. With Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied (Cooking
Vinyl; release date: August 21, 2015), the new album by THE
FRATELLIS, he and the band have jumped from the precipitous
heights that three albums (two Top Fives), a Brit Award,
four sold-out nights at Brixton Academy and countless sell-out shows
around the world took them to. Exuding Zen-like calm, Jon has embraced
the free-fall, abandoned the baggage and has never got on better
with his band mates or enjoyed playing live as much as he does now.
And boy, does it show.
Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied is the sound of
freedom. It is the sound of a band at the peak of their powers.
An exhilarating trip; it's as much flying as it is falling with
style. Listening to it; from the rush of album opener 'Me
And The Devil' to the elegant landing of closing track
'Moonshine', it is obvious that The Fratellis
are the embodiment of the maxim, "leap and the net
will appear". This is an album that oozes confidence and verve.
After the release of 2013's We Need Medicine, the Glaswegian
trio, completed by Barry Fratelli (bass)
and Mince Fratelli (drums) spent a year
touring the world. At the tail end of 2014, they decamped to LA
to work on album number four with Tony Hoffer (M83,
Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian), who also produced their
first album smash, Costello Music
Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied by
The Fratellis out Friday, August 21, 2015
via Cooking Vinyl
With Hoffer at the helm, they were released. The pure enjoyment
of 'playing for the fun of it' was back. The band had initially
thought they'd produce the record themselves, but with Tony as 'director'
all but two of the songs were thrown to the wind and in just four
short weeks, the album was written and recorded with The
Fratellis relishing instrumentation and possibilities they
wouldn’t have even thought about without the direction of
That unique, bright clarity of California sunshine seems to permeate
the record and the band channeled it to create an album that represents
what they do best. At the heart of Eyes Wide, Tongue
Tied, there's a fun, energetic soul reminiscent of
their 2006 debut. It's wonderfully vibrant, playful and the stories
and characters it projects embody the spirit of LA (the first place
Jon Fratelli ever went to outside Scotland). With recognizable nods
to 70s Cali-rock, rockabilly and glorious hints of Americana and
country layered high, it's a glorious homecoming with roots in both
Scotland and LA.
Littered with standout tracks; The foot stamping 'Baby
Don’t You Lie To Me!', the spiralling riffs of 'Getting
Surreal' and 'Thief' - all big choruses
and live crowd pleasers. 'Dogtown' parades along
with its strident brass section and funk-driven bassline, it's early
70s Stevie Wonder covering The Beatles''Come Together', while the
delicate, drifting layers of 'Moonshine' bring
us to a reflective, poised ending.
Open your mind… take a leap with The Fratellis Eyes
Wide, Tongue Tied and the net will catch you.