I can remember listening to Cuntry Boys & City Girls when I was about ten. I had absolutely no idea what I was singing about at the time, I just knew it was catchy and I liked it! Now when I listen to The Fratellis, I have a far more in-depth appreciation for them; it’s still catchy as hell, but now I understand the lyrics and the wicked music behind it all. Being a big fan, when we had the chance of talking to their bass-guitarist, I was thrilled. So take a look at this interview with Barry Fratelli!
AMBY: I have to say, The Fratellis have been playing amazing indie-rock music for a long time, so how do you think your sound has evolved over the years?
BF: We evolved in the sense that we introduced more keyboards and rock n’roll type piano onto the second record but that was just a natural progression born from a desire not to just recreate Costello Music and to keep things fresh and exciting for us and the fans. Although you have to be careful not to lose that thing that made the fans like your music in the first place.
AMBY: Your band is loved and enjoyed by many, many people. If you weren’t in The Fratellis though, what would you be doing?
BF: I’d like get into film scoring and composing at some point in a serious way. Combining my 2 favourite things, movies and music! Although I’m not quite finished playing in a rock n’ roll band yet. I’d miss the buzz of playing live.
AMBY: Who are the three last artists/bands you’ve listened to?
BF: Phoenix, Death in Vegas, Doves.
AMBY: Where in the world would you like to play that you haven’t yet? There are tons of people who want to see you in Canada again!
BF: We always had great shows in Canada, looking forward to coming back! I’d like to play in South America, I’ve been out there to DJ but not with the band. Brazil in particular, the indie rock scene is still very underground over there and the people are just mad about good guitar music.
AMBY: On the topic of playing live, what’s the craziest experience you’ve had on stage?
BF: Playing The Seeker with Pete Townshend at SXSW in Texas and just thinking… “you’re in The Who!” The Who are the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place so to have jammed with that man was a dream come true for me.
AMBY: If you had to choose one song, which would you love to cover?
BF: We’ve covered a few great tracks for various things over the years but I’d love to do Lola by the Kinks.
AMBY: What does the future hold for you, and also the band?
BF: I’ve been working on a few side projects over the past couple of years that I’d like to release at some stage, and I’ll keep on DJ’ing, it’s a completely different vibe to playing with the band that I love..
Band wise, we are just happy enough to see where it takes us. We’re making rough plans at the moment but ultimately we want to put out a new record and get back out to playing to as many people in as many different places as we can. It’s been too long.
AMBY: And lastly, who do you wish would just go away?
BF: “the ghost of every drinker who’s ever done wrong”
Not a Fratellis fan? Then that means you haven’t heard them yet! So please get on it, listen to Mistress Mabel off their last album Here We Stand. Also follow The Fratellis on Twitter here, Barry on Twitter here, and take a look at their Facebook page! Lastly, thank you Barry so much, for giving me your answers!