The Fratellis are back with their fifth album In Your Own Sweet Time and once again they team up with six-time Grammy and Mercury nominated American producer Tony Hoffer. The album, which is released on the 16th March, will be a pre-emptive strike of music for Liverpool fans of the band, as they are also going to be in the city as they perform at The Olympia on March 22nd
Hoffer previously collaborated on smash-hit Costello Music, an album that lasted 83 weeks in the charts, won The Fratellis a Brit Award in 2007 for “Best Emerging Artists”, and launched The Fratellis to stratospheric critical and commercial heights. Four albums and innumerable world tours later, and The Fratellis still sell-out shows from China (where the band played this summer) to Russia (a hotspot on the tour prior to 2015’s Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied) through to heartland America.
However, The Fratellis are a band that refuse to rest on their laurels, and In Your Own Sweet Time marks a development into a thrillingly chameleonic new phase, identified by a daring new sound that is bigger, bolder, and yet still shot through with a whip-smart, pitch-black sense of humour we have come to expect from the irrepressible Glaswegian trio. Listeners got their first tantalising taste of what was in store with first single Stand Up Tragedy which was released on the 1st December. Showcasing vibrant lyrical dexterity and foot-tapping, spine-tingling rhythms, both tracks tease the glittering, adrenaline charged vibes coursing through In Your Own Sweet Time.
In Your Own Sweet Time certainly delivers on its own promise of ecstatic, almost absurdist fun. Offered as an instant gratification track with pre-orders of the album, The Next Time We Wed is a hyperactive slice of mischief matching the Fratellis’ characteristic impish theatricality and wit with ricocheting Prince like guitar riffs. “It feels like a good representation of the record,” observes Jon, and you can hear the Prince influence in particular as a new-found falsetto bleeds into the Fratelli’s bag of tricks, firing through Told You So, and the entertaining bathos of Romeo & Juliet riff Star-crossed Losers. A steadfast determination to have fun runs through the core of the album, from the intricate word-play and rhyme we’ve come to expect from The Fratellis, through to more unexpected surprises like a rude saxophone elbowing its way into Indestructible.
In these dark and uncertain times, sometimes all you need is to lose yourself in the moment, In Your Own Sweet Time demands you stop trying to make sense, take off your shoes, and dance. Boasting all the sweaty, joyful energy of 1970s American pop, combined with the testosterone-fuelled virtuosity of the best British rock, In Your Own Sweet Time is a shot of pure, uninhibited, pleasure. Let Jon Fratelli (vox, guitar), Barry Fratelli (Bass), and Mince Fratelli (drums) hold your hand, and guide you through the chaos.
The Fratellis release In Your Own Sweet Time on the Cooking Vinyl label on the 16th March and will be performing at The Olympia in Liverpool on March 22nd. Tickets are available to purchase from The Olympia Box office.