The Fratellis talk about the new album and U.S. support tour
Jon Fratelli is admittedly having a love affair with Los Angeles and the United States as a whole, but he stops short of completely revealing his feelings. It's almost as if the other tour locales are lovers on the side.
"I have to be careful because we also travel to lots of other places that we play," The Fratellis frontman said during a recent phone interview with SoundSpike while he was in Scotland.
Los Angeles served as Fratelli's first place visit as an adult outside of Glasgow. The experience had such an impact, that each time he schedules a U.S. tour, he's thrilled.
"It's the part of the job we look forward to," said Fratelli. "There's something slightly romantic about the American tour. I bet it has to do with guys like us reading rock biographies, and those American tours always looking like the most fun. I remember reading a Led Zeppelin biography and saying, 'I think I want to do that. That sounds quite good.' I think it's a combination of my visit to L.A. and the romanticism of it."
Fratelli and the rest of his band are about to fall in love all over again as on a North American tour in support of a new collection titled "Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied."
The band's fourth album hit stores Aug. 21 and boasts the epic single "Me and the Devil," which kicks off the record.
"We didn't choose the running order," said Fratelli, after being told the song is the perfect start to the album. "We had Tony (Hoffer), our producer, pick a running order and that's what he came back with. It was similar to how we approached the whole record."
"Tony didn't make the record, but he certainly was the driving force behind a lot of the song choices. The production was his. We thought he may as well just choose the running order."
Fratelli believes there's no comparing "Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied" to the band's previous efforts.
"I get the feeling it's quite different," he explained. "I guess we made that first record almost nine years ago. We should be different by now, shouldn't we? I've never felt the great need to continually recreate something. I wouldn't get much joy out of that."
"I certainly don't feel even capable of writing the kind of songs we wrote when we first started. I don't know how to do that. It disappears almost as soon as you've done it. Almost all of the songs on our first record were written in a short space of time. I lost any need to do that again."
The Fratellis will begin the U.S. itinerary Sept. 16 in Toronto and finish up Oct. 8 in Los Angeles.
16 - Toronto, Ontario - The Danforth Music Hall
18 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
19 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
21 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
22 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
24 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
25 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Theater
30 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
1 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
4 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
6 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern