February 28, 2007

The Fratellis – Birmingham Academy 27/02/07 – Gig Review by Andy Glyde

I came out of the Carling Academy Birmingham on Tuesday night knowing that I had just been to an absolutely awesome gig. My body ached all over, having had my feet trampled on, elbows in my back and kicked in the head by crowd surfers more times than I cared to remember. I felt as though I had lost at least half a stone from perspiration. My ears were ringing; my eyes were sore; it had definitely been a fantastic gig.

But then that was exactly what I was expecting from the three Glasgow lads with a strangely-sounding Italian name. The bouncy, catchy indie rock that the Fratellis have championed so well over the past year was performed with such energy and enthusiasm that every ounce of pain that I experienced for that hour was smothered with the euphoria of such a wonderful band. Playing all of their songs from their album, Costello Music, including the likes of Chelsea Dagger, Creepin Up The Backstairs, Whistle for the Choir, as well as their new single, Baby Fratelli and the their song from the new iPod adverts, Flathead, this band performed confidently and seemed completely at ease on stage.

It really helped that they had a brilliant support band who warmed the crowd up nicely. Local boys, The Enemy, showed exactly why they are being touted as the best Oasis-esque band since the big boys themselves. From the off, they performed strongly, getting the crowd going with their catchy tunes and four-letter ravings between songs.

After such a strong performance, the Fratellis had a lot to live up to. But they definitely managed it. A gig I will remember for the rest of my life, if not for the music, then for the lump on my head after being struck with a beer glass!

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