Wednesday, 24 December 2008

The Fratellis – SECC, Glasgow – 21st December 2008

Well, what a night! Considering it was the last night of their tour, the Glasgow trio were so full of energy and looked as though they were enjoying it as much as we were. When I first heard about the venue change I was a little concerned that there would be a lack of atmosphere in the SECC’s Hall3, however, The Fratellis proved me so wrong.

Their standards for the night were set when they kicked off with the best version of ‘Cuntry Boys 'n Girls’ that I’ve heard them do. They romped through old and new tracks with gusto, boosting the excitement in the crowd as they went. The energy levels onstage were more than matched offstage, the atmosphere was electric. Although at one point I thought I’d had it as I was getting knocked about by the boisterous Glasgow crowd.

Their rendition of ‘Stragglers' Moon’ was stunning with a psychedelic backdrop that added to the eerie guitar work. The crowd calmed down a bit when ‘Whistle for the Choir’ and ‘Vince the Lovable Stoner’ prompted a mass sing-along.

The pace picked back up again with the rowdy ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and also when the guys started rocking out with ‘Dog In a Bag’ and ‘Tell Me a Lie’ allowed the band the opportunity to get real heavy and one track followed another with the crowd clearly enjoying the pace, the variety and the sheer quality of the music.

Ending the gig with ‘Milk and Money’ provided a fantastic ending before the band returned to the stage for an encore, playing ‘Mistress Mabel’, ‘Acid Jazz Singer’ and ‘Baby Fratelli’ which whipped the crowd into a frenzy once more. Finishing what had been an absolutely brilliant night on a definite high…What a way to start Christmas!

Cuntry Boys and City Girls
My Friend John
Vince The Loveable Stoner
Look Out Sunshine
A Heady Tale Doginabag
Tell Me A Lie
Whistle For The Choir
Stragglers Moon
Chelsea Dagger
Lupe Brown
Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy
Milk And Money
Mistress Mabel
Acid Jazz Singer
Baby Fratelli


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