Sunday, September 17, 2006

Forget Franz or Monkeys ..The Fratellis is here !

With its postcard cover, you might expect the contents of The Fratellis' debut album to take you back to the end-of-the-pier world of vaudeville. But the infectious riffs of this guitar-led Scottish outfit are very much in the here and now, and it's no surprise that radio stations and live audiences in the UK and Glasgow have caught a dose of Fratelli fever.
Already heralded by some sections as the best new band in Britain the three non-brothers have certainly had a stellar rise since playing their first gig in a Glaswegian bar in 2005: witness their recent earsplitting main stage appearance at the Reading Festival. But their roots remain in the sing-a-long tunes that have already been download successes: ''Creepin Up the Backstairs'' was an impressive debut single, but it has since been eclipsed by the raucous ''Henrietta'' and as for their recent ''Chelsea Dagger'', it's simply impossible not to smile and sing along.

Chelsea Dagger

Whistle of the Choir

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