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The Fratellis presented by Vuse
The Fratellis presented by Vuse
Exclusive: Vuse sat down with The Fratellis

to discuss their forthcoming album, making a mess until it made them happy, and working with PP Arnold on this version of “Strangers in the Street.”

Tell us about your creative process. How do you come up with new ideas? How do you turn the best ideas into hits? Has this creative process evolved over the years?

To me, it's a mixture of luck and patience. Luck in the sense that really if an idea is gonna come, then it's gonna come. You can sit back, relax and wait until it’s your turn to catch a melody. Patience in the sense that it takes a lot of practice to get to the point where you feel that you’ve learned enough over the years that when you get lucky and an idea comes, you have the tools to play with it… to fashion it into something that works.

You’ve mentioned that you tried out a lot of new ideas in your last album—like what? What made you want to “broaden your sound”? What was that experience like?

We didn’t do anything with any real purpose. We never have. To have a sense of purpose, you have to be quite focused and organized and I’m really not a focused or organized guy… quite the opposite. We just found ourselves being pulled in a particular direction. When I was writing the songs that made up the album, I was definitely hearing a particular sound that began to shape things in a really specific way. I think when people talk about “broadening their sound,” what they’re getting at is just a desire not to repeat themselves and i feel like that applies to us but more than that, I think my increasingly short attention span comes into play too.

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You've got a new album coming out soon: Half Drunk Under A Full Moon. How have you incorporated that new sound into this album?

Well the sound WAS the album. We call things albums, movies and novels after the fact. When you’re in the middle of the process of making these things, a lot of the time you’re just playing around with the tools you have at your disposal, making a mess trying to create something that makes you happy. I could hear a particular sound, but didn’t always know how to go about bringing that to life. We spent a lot more time making this record than we’ve ever done before and I think that's because we were chasing down this faint idea that we were hearing… like when there’s a word or name on the tip of your tongue…

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What else about this album should excite the fans?

To be honest, I’ve never been one to expect any particular reaction from fans of ours, as it feels a bit presumptuous. All I can really say is that having spent the best part of a year making it and obsessing over it in the kind of minute detail that is really unhealthy, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

Tell us about Strangers in the Street. What’s it about? What was your inspiration for the song? How does it fit in with the rest of the songs in the album and how is it unique? How does this reworking of the song with PP Arnold re-imagine what this song offers?

I woke one morning at about 4am with this song playing, I lay there for a while just enjoying it and then realized that this wasn’t something I’d heard before… i.e. it wasn’t someone else's song. So I got up, sat at the piano and played it before it disappeared. Lyrically, the song speaks for itself. It's probably the most unambiguous thing I’ve ever written. I really enjoyed working with PP Arnold on this alternate version as it meant I got to hear the song delivered from the opposite perspective. It hit me in a completely unexpected way… her voice and character really grabs your attention. She has a voice that you could never mistake for anyone else and that’s a rare thing. It was a real joy to work on this version with her.

The Fratellis

What else about this album should excite the fans?

To be honest, I’ve never been one to expect any particular reaction from fans of ours, as it feels a bit presumptuous. All I can really say is that having spent the best part of a year making it and obsessing over it in the kind of minute detail that is really unhealthy, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

Tell us about Strangers in the Street. What’s it about? What was your inspiration for the song? How does it fit in with the rest of the songs in the album and how is it unique? How does this reworking of the song with PP Arnold re-imagine what this song offers?

I woke one morning at about 4am with this song playing, I lay there for a while just enjoying it and then realized that this wasn’t something I’d heard before… i.e. it wasn’t someone else's song. So I got up, sat at the piano and played it before it disappeared. Lyrically, the song speaks for itself. It's probably the most unambiguous thing I’ve ever written. I really enjoyed working with PP Arnold on this alternate version as it meant I got to hear the song delivered from the opposite perspective. It hit me in a completely unexpected way… her voice and character really grabs your attention. She has a voice that you could never mistake for anyone else and that’s a rare thing. It was a real joy to work on this version with her.

The Fratellis

How does Vuse play a role in your music? Your lives?

The hardest thing about writing is trying to get rid of yourself and let the ideas flow, and for me, I find Vuse is perfect for that. Getting rid of yourself for even just a moment is the most pleasant experience there is.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

I've been asked this hundreds of times and my advice is always the same… work and work and work and then work some more. The luck part is taken care of, so you don’t need to worry about that. If you do the work, then when your luck is in, those two points will meet in perfect unison.

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