Fratelli, noun, abstract: Scottish-Italian for “to push on, and improve, with unstoppable enthusiasm, to ever greater heights”, viz: “That’s a totally Fratelli way of doing things…”

Eleven years on from the release of debut album Costello Music… ten years on from winning the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act… Seven years on from Costello Music finally exiting the Top 100 after 83 weeks in the charts… Nine years on from recording second album Here We Stand in their own freshly-purchased Glasgow studio… Five years on from returning after a break, and then releasing their third album We Need Medicine… two years since their latest album Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied and Zero years on from the last time ‘Chelsea Dagger’ was lustily sung by the crowd at a sports event somewhere in the world (as global event-sized anthems go, only The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ rivals the ongoing ubiquity of the The Fratellis’ deathless 2006 Top Ten single)… after all that, the trio spent the majority of the past few years gigging internationally. The momentum, again, still, was with Jon (vocals/guitar/piano), Barry (bass) and Mince Fratelli (drums).

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