The Fratellis first album, Costello Music
, was released in 2006 and contained the stadium mainstay "Chelsea Dagger
." Their next album, Here We Stand
, came out in 2008. The subsequent touring and pressures proved too much for the trio, so they split in 2009. It wasn't until 2013 that they re-formed for their third album We Need Medicine
, but lead singer Jon Fratelli never stopped writing; in the interim, he formed the band Codeine Velvet Club and also released a solo album called Psycho Jukebook
In our 2013 interview with Jon Fratelli
, he cited this song as one of his favorites on the album, and explained how it came together:
"Shotgun Shoes' started life as fifteen random verses I wrote each morning as a way to wake my brain up. I like how it ended up taking on another life."