The Fratellis at Electric Ballroom
The Fratellis have gained a considerable following for their boisterous live shows and charming rock personality. The Electric Ballroom in Camden played host to the Scottish alt-rock trio of Jon, Barry and Mince Fratelli as they played a marathon set comprising of new material from their latest album Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied and a selection of tracks from their back catalogue.
Baby Don’t You Lie to Me! from their new album opened proceedings, casting one’s mind back to The Fratellis’ past with its driving rhythmic propulsion, thrilling guitar melodies and the sprightly vocal melody, all coming together to exert a youthful energy that excited the packed venue. Some of the tracks from their new album saw them take different musical personalities. A rich, country-pop landscape was visible in Imposters (Little by Little), spurred on by jangling guitar effects, nostalgic harmonies, and shuffling bass and drum lines that drew vivid images of an road-trip in Americana territory. On the other hand, the shimmering piano chords (played by Will Foster) in Me and the Devil stirred up a cinematic ambience, making way for a marching bass drum, fire-inducing guitars and Jon Fratelli’s anthemic vocals.
Henrietta, a symbol of the band’s past, was also prominent. The instantly recognisable guitar intro resonated with the crowd’s bodily senses, as the bold, garage rock vibe created a wave of energy from The Fratellis enthusiasts. The harmony between audience and performer was also visible in Whistle for the Choir, where they engaged in an intimate, but passionate, singalong. To round things off, the group went back to their faithful classics and adorned the Electric Ballroom with an encore that included the ever-popular Chelsea Dagger, a real crowd-pleaser, with its addictive chant.
While their new songs were attractive numbers that enriched their musical variety of the evening, one would argue that The Fratellis are more capable of capturing success with their classic indie/garage rock model. Nevertheless, it was clear tonight that this Glasgow band still have the flair for tuneful riffs and hooks, and will continue to be a strong force in the musical mainstream.
Photo: Erol Birsen
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