Jon Fratelli flies solo for Gran­ite City fans

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FOR­MER Fratel­lis singer Jon Fratelli may have gone solo – but he has re­fused to cut all ties with the past. His new band boasts for­mer Fratel­lis high en­ergy drum­mer Mince. The re­main­der of the mu­si­cians help­ing out Jon, who plays The Tun­nels on Satur­day, are from his re­cent out­fit Codeine Vel­vet Club. Jon, who is play­ing Aberdeen to pro­mote new re­lease The Magic Hour, said: “I am lucky to still be play­ing with these peo­ple. I like that there is a thread with Mince and the Codeine band. “Mince never got enough credit as a drum­mer as he is a su­perb mu­si­cian. “It leaves a warm glow know­ing I can play with these peo­ple. The gigs will show it’s a spec­tac­u­lar band. “We also play live with two drum­mers which is very ex­cit­ing. “Maybe that is us bit­ing off more than we can chew but when it works, the sound is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.” The last few years have been one of un­rest for the singer. At the height of the Fratel­lis’ fame, the band split, with Jon walk­ing away to form Codeine Vel­vet Club. A rad­i­cal de­par­ture, their sound was lounge lizard smooth, but they in turn split. “Hope­fully I will stick at this for a long time now,” Jon said of his solo ca­reer. “Af­ter all you can­not split from your­self. “I have this rest­less­ness about me when it comes to mu­sic which means I al­ways have to be look­ing for new things.” The Fratel­lis ex­ploded from a vi­brant Glas­gow mu­sic scene

“The sound is amaz­ing”

to score huge chart hits like Chelsea Dag­ger. With front­man Jon’s Marc Bolan looks, the high-en­ergy three-piece be­came one of the big­gest bands in Bri­tain. Then they dis­in­te­grated. “I’m not sure if I’m a band kind of per­son,” Jon ad­mit­ted. “I like play­ing mu­sic with peo­ple, but am prob­a­bly not suited to the per­son­al­i­ties and the pol­i­tics that go into be­ing in an of­fi­cial band. “I’m a great be­liever that life has to keep on mov­ing and that ev­ery­thing has its par­tic­u­lar time. “We were in that band for four or five years to­gether and that seems like enough to me.” The singer-song­writer re­leases de­but al­bum Psy­cho Juke­box later this year. An am­bi­tious slice of pop rock, it ex­pands The Fratel­lis sound, bring­ing more emo­tional depth to his lyrics. And Jon in­sisted it over­shad­ows the work he

did with his first band. “That record is by far the best thing I’ve ever been in­volved in,” he said. “If I was to go back to be­ing in a band like The Fratel­lis, I would not be able to play those solo songs. “I find that al­most im­pos­si­ble to even con­tem­plate. “My solo ma­te­rial will make sense to any­body that liked The Fratel­lis. “But it also seems to be mu­si­cally quite dif­fer­ent, which is im­por­tant.” Fans of The Fratel­lis’ hop­ing to hear some of the band’s clas­sic hits should not worry. De­spite his new direc­tion, Jon re­fuses to turn his back com­pletely on his past. And he promised he will play Fratel­lis favourites for Aberdeen fans at the Tun­nels gig. “We will ab­so­lutely do old stuff,” he said. “I don’t feel the need to di­vide up the songs that I’ve writ­ten. “I like the choice of play­ing what I feel like any given night. There are Fratelli songs, a cou­ple of Codeine Vel­vet Club tracks in there. “I don’t want to be in a po­si­tion where I do not play those songs again. I put a lot into writ­ing and record­ing them. It is only fair that I play them and let the fans hear them.”

IN AC­TION: Jon Fratelli on stage.

LOOK-ALIKE: Singer Marc Bolan.

CREW: Jon, left, with for­mer Fratel­lis Barry and Mince.

GO­ING SOLO: Singer­song­writer Jon Fratelli.

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