The Fratellis

Reviewed by Meghan Player

With the Monday blues looming, it’s always a welcome treat to head out to a gig on a Sunday night [aka my last desperate attempt to hold onto the weekend]. But thankfully, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

It’s my first time hearing Sydney locals, Jenny Broke The Window – and as first impressions go, I like what I hear. Their indie/pop melodies are infectious and hypnotic, wrapping the crowd up in a nice, warm hug. Whilst they start off a little shaky, the band really start to draw on the energy of the crowd about 4 songs in, filling the room with a pretty magical presence.

However, the night is certainly owned by the Glaswegian trio, The Fratellis.

It feels like forever since the band last graced Australian shores, but as the audience energy level rises, it seems that the band have lost none of their potency when it comes to drawing a crowd.

Kicking off with This Old Ghost Town, the band launch into a set that touches on all the albums of their career – warranting numerous crowd sing-a-longs and cheers. Vince The Lovable Stoner, Baby Fratelli, We Need Medicine and Shotgun Shoes form part of the set tonight, with the ballad Whistle For The Choir threatening to steal the show.

That’s all before the band leave the stage, which sees the crowd begin to chant the opening “da-da-da-da-da” of, perhaps the bands most recognisable song, Chelsea Dagger. As the singing gets louder, it is met with a huge round of applause, as the band return to the stage for an encore.

All The Long Live Day and a cover of Runaround Sue join the already epic set list, before the familiar bars of Chelsea Dagger ring out over the venue, and the crowd yell themselves into hysterics. The band round out the encore with A Heady Tale, before the night sadly comes to an end and the crowd begins to file out of the venue.

Certainly, tonight was more impressive and enjoyable then I imagined, and while the Fratellis played a set that came close to 2 hours, I could have easily stayed for two more.

Do yourself a favour, don’t miss the Fratellis live.

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