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Published on May 16th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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The Fratellis’ Jon Fratelli On The New “Half Drunk Under A Full Moon” Album, P.P. Arnold & More

A Glasgow, Scotland-based trio formed in 2005, The Fratellis found worldwide success with 2006’s Costello Music. The group’s debut full-length yielded internationally-charting singles via “Chelsea Dagger,” “Flathead,” “Henrietta,” “Baby Fratelli” and “Whistle For The Choir.” The hits would keep coming for The Fratellis and all the followup albums to Costello Music have also charted internationally.

The Fratellis — consisting of frontman and multi-instrumentalist Jon Fratelli, bassist Barry (Baz) Fratelli and drummer Mince Fratelli — have been keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic in preparation of the forthcoming studio album Half Drunk Under A Full Moon. The trio also recently collaborated remotely with legendary soul singer P.P. Arnold on a very special new version of a track from Half Drunk Under A Full Moon. That song is called “Strangers In The Street,” and The Fratellis will be donating 100 percent of their income from this track to the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Project and other charities supporting those on the frontline. The album itself was recorded in Los Angeles with producer and long-time collaborator Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix, Supergrass, OK Go).

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Fratelli via Zoom on May 15, 2020 about Half Drunk Under A Full Moon, recording “Strangers In The Street” with P.P. Arnold, the recent Goonies cast reunion, favorite Scottish bands, what he’s been doing while quarantined and plenty more. The full interview is embedded below, while more on The Fratellis can be found online at www.thefratellis.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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