Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Fratellis @ Mercury Lounge, 3/23/07

Lead singer John Lawler took the stage for the encore and, much to everyone's surprise, did an acoustic performance of "New York, New York." Sinatra with a Glaswegian accent...a classic moment.

I realized last night why I love to come out and see these UK buzz bands perform in small clubs in NYC. When the majority of the crowd hails from the UK, these shows provide a completely different live experience. Watching swarms of people singing and dancing along with every song; it's a rare opportunity to find such an enthusiastic crowd at a venue this size, in a city notorious for arms-folded show-me-what-you-got audiences.

The Fratellis had a successful debut last week, selling close to 15,000 units and a top 50 spot on the Billboard 200 due in large part to their iTunes commercial. For those who haven't yet heard anything beyond "Flathead," this is far from a one hit wonder band. What impressed me most - and what I think separates the Fratellis from their UK upstart counterparts - was their incredibly tight live performance. Despite their juvenile lyrics, The Fratellis came across as seasoned musicians, all highly skilled at their craft.

MP3: The Fratellis - "3 Skinny Girls" (B-side to Henrietta)

UPDATE: The Music Slut has a photo of the setlist (minus "New York, New York"). The last song was a cover of the Who's "The Seeker." You got to love the fact that these dudes have a great relationship with Pete Townshend. They performed the song together at SXSW.


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fratellis4eva said...

wat he said :P

F.J. Delgado said...

I liked what I saw of the Fratellis when they were on Conan O'Brien a couple nights ago... doesn't hurt that Pete Townshend loves them, either.

Khorshid said...

I'm a huge fan - they are incredible on their CD - but to be quite honest, I was rather dissapointed to see them live at Mercury Lounge. They just didn't have the stage presence or the energy that I thought they would. Maybe it was too small a venue or a bad sound system but they didn't seem to command the stage like their songs command their CD.

brendan said...

can you repost? ive been looking for this everywhere