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29/11/2013 | The Fratellis – O2 Academy, Glasgow

Kimberley Manderson


There’s something very chilled-out about a gig in Glasgow on a Friday night. The crowd at the O2 Academy were no exception as they mellowed right up until the leopard print cover was removed from the drumkit, revealing a Fratellis logo with lights surrounding it. Charging straight into Seven Nights And Seven Days, the lead single from new album We Need Medicine, it was almost as if the Fratellis had never been away. Paired with early hit Baby Fratelli, the crowd were bouncing around as if they’d forgotten they were cool, chilled and aloof only 10 minutes before.

The format for the show seemed to follow this pairing fairly methodically, with a few new songs from We Need Medicine pitted back to back with almost all tracks from the band’s debut effort, Costello Music.

It’s easy to forget just how many hit songs Costello Music contained, until the boys start to play them live. However not much came from second album Here We Stand, though it’s hard to say if that’s because the Fratellis themselves don’t much care for the record, or if they were simply responding to the scathing, and somewhat unfair, criticism the album initially received. Either way, not much seemed to be missed as the set was ram-packed with classic sing and dance along hits.

Highlights included an acapella first verse of Whistle For The Choir, where frontman Jon Fratelli seemed chuffed that the crowd were singing along practically note perfect, Flathead where the crowd even provided backing harmonies, and a gung-ho country version of For The Girl.

Although it wasn’t just the older songs that made the night, tracks like Jeannie Nitro packed a punch, as did the more country-rock We Need Medicine, along with the slightly more bluesy She’s Not Gone Yet But She’s Leaving. There’s no doubt Fratellis have turned a corner since their reformation, away from the popular indie rock of the last decade. The new tracks contain a lot more American influences, which actually suits Jon’s voice especially in a live rendition.

As standard, Chelsea Dagger made an appearance in the encore, predictably sending the crowd wild, with limbs, pints and shoes everywhere. Yet they didn’t end on their biggest hit, perhaps still trying to evade the image of the 00s indie one-hit wonders. For the Fratellis though, Glasgow will always be home, and their home crowd will always turn up for more than just the one song.