By Natalie Greener
Scrolling down any indie playlist, The Fratellis will be on there. Since 2005, these Scottish men have been an unstoppable force of iconic indie sounds. Archetypal and representative of their early youthful fans, The Fratellis are conquering the UK music scene once again – but this time, they’re doing it in their own developed eccentric style.
Researching the band in more detail after the release of their fifth studio album on 16th March 2018, you get to see how much they have evolved as musicians. From their 2005 ep full of teenage angst and lyrics that sound as though they were created in what we call; a man cave – we get to see a new side to The Fratellis that may be surprising to those only familiar with the indie rock anthem that is ‘Chelsea Dagger’.
In Your Own Sweet Time truly grasps the artistic integrity of which various Rock City headliners showcase. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry Wallace), and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli (born Gordon McRory). Unfortunately, Fratelli isn’t their birth name but that would be an amazing coincidence.
Getting to the venue an hour and a half after doors, I only managed to grab a glimpse of the support. Black Pistol Fire were a very anarchic duo that knew how to scare and excite the crowd. Blues meets R&B with a large sum of traditional rock, Black Pistol Fire well and truly mesmerised the crowd. The only sight I managed to grab of them amongst the packed and rowdy audience was towards the end of the set when the pair were not afraid to get up close and personal. Crowd surfing into a screaming mosh pit at an iconic venue such as Rock City is every rockers dream.
The time came for the Fratellis to march onto the stage to an already hyped and rattled crowd. Being the cliché alternative child I am, I really didn’t know what to expect aside from the hits everyone hears at indie Wednesday club nights. Part of me remembers snippets of their Splendour set a few years back on the Confetti stage – but truthfully, the ideas I had in my head did not convey into the different talent on stage.
It was so country. Not in a bad way – the folk twangs throughout most of their new stuff definitely took me aback with delight. I’m not sure if this music maturing happened overnight or over ten years but it definitely juxtaposed the Fratellis mainstream image. But I cannot deny the fact it was upbeat and certainly catchy. Everything flowed together in their set and surprisingly, Chelsea Dagger was the misfit of the bunch.
You can make your own mind up about the modern Fratellis sound. But you know what? I love it and them moving away from the same-old indie anthem is definitely refreshing.