It's funny how a band can shoot into prominence so quickly. Two years ago, I bought Arctic Monkeys tix right when they went on sale for their first U.S. shows. It took two days to sell out. Then momentum was so great by the time the shows came around a few months later, they were on everyone's mind. Exact thing happened with The Fratellis. Snob trump card again -- have been folowing them since last summer, got the CD on import, got tickets right when they went on sale. Their New York debut was the show to get into this week. It's that darn IPOD ad I guess. I would hope it would be for Costello Music, their ear-popping, crackling debut album. After seeing them live, you better be prepared to rock your socks off
- Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
- The Pimp
- Vince the Lovable Stoner
- Creeping Up The Backstairs
- Pretty Like a Girl
- Old Black 'N Blue Eyes
- Baby Fratelli
- Whistler For The Choir
- Chelsea Dagger
- Got Na Nuts From a Hippy
- Encore: For the Girl
- Cuntry Boys and City Girls
- Ooh La La
Tonight, I had never seen Mercury so active. Obviously, the place was jammed with Brits, Scots, fan girls, bloggers (BV, Soundbites) and music industry types. The place exploded for "Chelsea Dagger", by that time, the alcohol had worked its magic and the slight shoving and jumping around was in full effect.
For good reason, these guys are monsters live. John Lawler could be the next guitar rock god, even though he had written on his guitar, "The Fratellis Are a Myth." Hey, your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, the guy can produce so many styles, mainly blues. I'm looking back at my previous Fratelli posts and my impression was to point out The Libertines. I guess that tempo change in the beginning of "Creeping Up the Backstairs" is Libertines sounding, but the Fratellis are much more sober sounding ... for now. Lawler and Andrew Stockdale could have a friendly competition with guitar playing and growing white guy Afros.
The band, despite the audio difficulties, shredded through their small arsenal of rock songs. "Flathead" was played a little too fast. Everything else was a pleasure to hear live. Awesome drummer (who drinks Irn Bru) and the Sting-like bass player had his moments. Their stage banter needed subtitles, but I'm sure it was amusing.
- YouTube Goodness from June 2006 featuring "Creeping Up the Backstairs"
- My Obsession With the Girls in their videos
- Tour announcement