Featured Fratellis photo by Jordan Kellogg.
When The Fratellis released their first album Costello Music back in 2006, they found themselves in the crux of a musical craze that was trendy, fast-paced, and insanely fun. Artists like Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, and Kaiser Chiefs came into prominence around the same time with projects that were exhilarating and exemplified both luscious pop rock melodies and craftsmanship.
But Costello Music stood out from its contemporaries for all the right reasons. Its raucous energy and jagged textures made for an extraordinary listen. Its second single, “Chelsea Dagger,” was electric in both its climatic buildups and infectious choral chants. That kind of magic would spill over into a discography that would stretch over a decade. In Your Own Sweet Time, the fifth record released by The Fratellis this past March, was the sonic culmination of a facet still frolicking in the feel-good nature of beautifully bent riffs and cutting crescendos.
From the simplistic and dreamy soundscapes of “I’ve Been Blind” to the captivating revelry of “Starcrossed Losers,” In Your Own Sweet Time zeroes on the band’s aptness when it comes to self-awareness and downright brilliant basslines. To a sold-out Paradise Rock Club this past Friday (May 18), the boys from Glasgow had no problem getting right down to business.
As the dramatic “Henrietta” was revealed to be the opening song of the night, The Fratellis would splay out a setlist that was full of rousing anthems and provided a snapshot into a robust career. “Flathead” and “Creepin Up The Backstairs” still had all of its charm and excitement as they did in 2006; “Impostors (Little By Little)” and “Dogtown” were powerful reminders of their musical versatility that is a direct result of maturity.
“We Need Medicine” was underscored by incisive and piercing vocals; “Laughing Gas” radiated both playfulness and pleasure. Those songs gave way “Chelsea Dagger” as the most highly anticipated moment of their encore. The Fratellis decided to end the evening with Dion’s 1961 hit single “Runaround Sue.” The doo-wop classic was a strategic choice from a band that knows the extent of their musical prowess and more notably — how to successfully capitalize on it.
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