Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frantic Fratellis Confirm Live Gig Genius

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frantic Fratellis Confirm Live Gig Genius

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Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON

POP The Fratellis Brixton Academy

THE popularity of quirky Glasgow rockers Fratellis was confirmed recently when they won the Best Newcomer gong at last month's Brit Awards, thanks to a public vote. Alongside the widely-acclaimed music, which has a rowdiness that belies hidden layers of sophistication, a major factor in their swift rise to glory is their reputation as one of the best new British live acts around - an impression further cemented at last night's riotous show.

Taking the bold decision to open with one of their best-known tracks, Henrietta, The Fratellis were a ball of energy from the start. Enlisting the help of a three-piece brass section for the song, as they did later for Old Black 'N' Blue Eyes, they created an infectiously joyous atmosphere. Jon Lawler ably switched between rhythm and lead guitar, simultaneously performing his duties as lead singer with class and charisma. Backed up by the complex bass work of Barry Wallace and Gordon McRory's frenetic drumming, the group created a noise so big and rich it was hard to believe they were just a trio. …

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