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Fratellis excited about UK return

The Fratellis
The band played an acoustic gig at Mencap's Little Noise Sessions

The Fratellis have said they are glad to be back in the UK after spending time in America and that they're keen to kick off their nationwide tour.

Speaking to Newsbeat at the final night of the Mencap Little Noise Sessions, the band said the crowds this side of the Atlantic were hard to beat.

"We played in Dublin and Belfast at the weekend and it reminded you how great it is to play at home. That complete over-the-top reaction that you don't get anywhere else.

"It'll be nice playing in the UK again because we've just spent six weeks in America," explained lead singer Jon.

The Fratellis home appearances in 2008 have mainly been at festivals, with the band's Glastonbury gig their most memorable moment.

However, they also admitted they were a bit intimidated by the festival when they played in 2007.

"We did it last year and I get the feeling we might have been a bit overawed by the occasion," Jon added.

"We seemed to fit a bit better (this year). It's something you dream about, being in bands for years and stuff, just to play in the dark at a festival.

"The slot we had at Glastonbury on the Friday night was a dream come true for us, something to tick off the list."

Studio hopes

With their feet back on home turf, the band also revealed they were itching to record new material in 2009.

"We just want to do as much music as possible because these days you just don't get chance to do it," said Jon.

The Fratellis
The Fratellis played their first gig in Glasgow nearly four years ago
"You record an album, then you go and tour it, or whore it - whatever expression you want to use - for 18 months.

"You don't just get to go into a studio and make music. I think we're all kind of missing that right now, so we just want to do as much music as possible, whatever form that takes next year."

The band's 22-date jaunt across the country kicks off next week in Preston and ends on 20 December with a homecoming gig in Glasgow.

However, the boys said that after the tour they'll be taking a well-earned break and weren't planning any shows over the holiday period.

"We're gonna keep up our festive tradition of doing nothing at Christmas and New Year.

"We keep getting asked to play at New Year and go, 'Err. No, it's alright'. It seems like there are better things to do!

"I'm gonna go somewhere hot and tropical for New Year," said bassist Barry.

"I've decided. I'm gonna go to Bali or somewhere like that and just lie in a hammock for two weeks. I think I've earned it!"

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