The Fratellis @ King Tut's, Glasgow – 21/08/2015

by Kyle McCormick
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on 24 August 2015 in Live
Rating 8/10

Waves of youthful energy, a fire alarm, and finally seeing a band live for the first time after nine years of support and enjoyment, this was an eventful Friday night in Glasgow.

The band in question is The Fratellis, perhaps the first “favourite” band of my life, and forever holders of the “first music I bought with my own money” title, it is somewhat surprising it took me this long to see the trio perform live. Regardless, on the release date of their fourth studio album – ‘Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied’ – excitement was in the air.

Drawing heavily from that latest album, the band imparted some enjoyable grooves and jives to the expectant Glaswegian crowd, how appeared in large to not yet know all the words. Cruising along at about 75% energy, the semi-frequent injection of a debut album banger – e.g. ‘Flathead’ – rammed the excitement up to eleven and kept the energy in full flow throughout the night. About hour into the set, flushed yet always endearing frontman Jon Fratelli bemoans how the next song is not a slow one, clearly pining for a short reprieve. Instead we get the whirlwind of madness that is ‘Henrietta’ which has the sold out crowd bellowing their hearts out. Then we get a break, as the excitement of that track gives way to the ominous sound of the venue’s fire alarm. Simultaneously dispersing all the energy and people from the venue, the short injection of the cold night air is refreshing as three fire engines speed along St. Vincent Street. After a short interlude, the fun resumes with ‘We Need Medicine’, and we’re off and running on all cylinders again after a momentary cool down.

Clearly disrupted by the evacuation, there are only two songs after the show resumes before the usual “fake ending”. Returning with ‘Cuntry Boys & City Girls’ – a song I forgot I adored so – the set ends with what could only be described as a “The moment you have all been waiting for…” moment, as the crowd descends into a frenzy as ‘Chelsea Dagger’ begins and everyone chants like there’s no tomorrow.

Having been overall disappointed by ‘We Need Medicine’ as an album, this new record and live experience have restored my faith and enjoyment in the band of my childhood. With a live show brimming with youthful energy and appreciation of support, The Fratellis’ rocky career has surely been worth it on the strength of such a rewarding hometown reception.

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