Unrecognizable 2000s indie rock band 17 years after smash hit and band split where they ‘couldn’t be in the same room’

NOUGHTIES indie rock band The Fratellis look unrecognizable 17 years after their rise to fame.

The group consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry Wallace), and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli (born Gordon McRory).

The Fratellis look unrecognizable 17 years after they rose to fame


The Fratellis look unrecognizable 17 years after they rose to famePhoto credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

The independent members said they “couldn’t face being in the same room” after their split in 2009.

They celebrated great success with their 2006 hit “Chelsea Dagger”, followed in the same year by “Whistle for the Choir”.

It won them Best British Breakthrough Act at the 2007 BRIT Awards and soon their follow-up single Flathead was featured in the iPod commercial.

But it all came to a bitter end three years later when relations within the band deteriorated during the tour.

Jon told reef magazine Then: “It just created a lot of tension. We, or at least I, didn’t handle that tension very well. I felt like the only thing I could do was run away in the opposite direction.”

In 2013 the Scots decided to bury the hatchet and have since released four albums.

Jon recently said he wants to make music that doesn’t cost the planet and the band vowed to go green.

He told The Sun: “You have two choices – one is to just say you just don’t go on the road anymore because it’s impossible not to have carbon emissions on the road.

“If we’re playing in the UK you’ll need a bus, truck and trailer and if you’re overseas you’ll also need to add 12 to 15 flights to that list for the crew. It all adds up.

“Instead we go on tour and our CO2 emissions are checked. There will be a figure at the end of the tour.

“And then farmers around the world will basically be growing hemp at levels that not only reverse, but exceed the damage caused by our emissions.”

The group consists of Jon, Mince and Barry Fratelli (LR)


The group consists of Jon, Mince and Barry Fratelli (LR)
She "I couldn't stand being in the same room" after their split in 2009


After their split in 2009, “they couldn’t stand to be in the same room.”Photo credit: Wattie Cheung Photography

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

Related Articles

Back to top button