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The Fratellis are a Scottish indie rock band, from Glasgow. The lineup of the band is: Jon Lawler (vocals and guitar), Barry Wallace (bass guitar), and Gordon 'Mince' McRory on drums and backing vocals. All of the band use the stage surname Fratelli, as The Ramones did in the 1970s.
The Fratellis: The Early Years
The Fratellis' debut gig was in O'Henry's bar in Glasgow in March 2005. That same year, they received their first bout of radio airplay on XFM Scotland, though it was still named Beat 106 at the time.
Fallout records signed The Fratellis and released their self-titled debut EP. The track listing was 'Creepin' Up The Backstairs', 'Stacie Anne' and 'The Gutterati.' The NME music paper hailed The Fratellis as the best new band in Britain.
In June 2006, the Fratellis released their debut single, 'Henrietta', which peaked at number 19 in the UK Singles Chart.
The Fratellis: The Breakthrough
The Fratellis' debut album, Costello Music was released in September 2006. The album charted at number two in the UK album charts and stayed there for a further two weeks. The band won a BRIT Award for 'Best British Breakthrough Act' in 2007. The award was voted for by the listeners of BBC Radio One.
In 2007, the Fratellis embarked on their first major headline tour, and also played at a number of major summer festivals, including Glastonbury and T in the Park. The band was also chosen to support the Police on their reunion tour.
The Fratellis' song 'Solid Gold Easy Action' was included on the soundtrack for Hot Fuzz, the film starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The band released their first official DVD, entitled Edgy In Brixton, which was recorded live at London's Brixton Academy.
The Fratellis' second studio album was released in June 2008. The band had added a guitarist, Robin and keyboard player, Will Foster, to the lineup but Robin's stay in the band was brief. Foster now plays keyboard and guitar when the band perform live. The album was entitled Here We Stand, with the first single being 'Mistress Mabel'. The follow up to this release was 'Look Out Sunshine!', the proceeds of which were donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Written by Contactmusic.com
23rd June 2008 -
Read our album review of The Fratellis second album Here We Stand released through Island Records. Propelled by the terrace-anthem success of 'Chelsea Dagger', Scotland's The Fratellis have returned with the follow-up to the million-selling...
13th June 2007 -
The FratellisOle Black'n'Blue EyesSingle ReviewOne of the success stories of the last 12 months, Scottish trio The Fratellis are set to clock up the air miles over the next few months. As well as festival...
4th October 2006 -
The FratellisChelsea DaggerSingle Review The Fratellis have what can only be described as a typical drunken happy go Larry sing a long. Oh yes, Chelsea Dagger, is just that and it is what is getting...
21st September 2006 -
The FratellisChelsea DaggerSingle ReviewThe Fratellis have already shown their range with previous single Henrietta and EP, but now on the eve of the release of their full album Costello Music the lads release the rousing...
15th June 2006 -
The FratellisHenriettaSingle ReviewThe Scots are invading again, but for the good of music! The Fratellis have released single "Henrietta" to an unsuspecting audience who are now begging for more. These three lads from Glasgow have...
20th March 2006 -
The FratellisEPNomadicReleased: 13th MarchReviewHailing from Glasgow you would expect The Fratellis to be dab hands with a blade and a bottle of buckfast. They also know how to write a decent tune or two, as...
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