The Fratellis to end the week. Don’t know why, but I realized it’s been almost 4 years since I did a post on one of my favorite bands of recent years. I always liked their high-voltage energy, and was genuinely sad to hear they had gone on indefinite hiatus in 2009. Thankfully, it didn’t stay indefinite and the band have been actively back together since 2012.
Lots going on with them right now – they recorded a new album in L.A. in April – are hitting a couple of Festivals this summer, including an appearance at the Summer Sonic Festival in Shanghai China, and generally staying busy until November.
This concert, from the 2008 Reading Festival comes on the heels of the release of their second album, Here We Stand, which was also issued in the U.S. accompanied by a tour, which included sold out shows in New York, Boston and L.A. – the crowd at Reading are certainly primed and ready and the concert is a high-point of the Festival. In addition to the BBC broadcast of the Reading show, their June show in San Francisco at The Fillmore was eventually issued on DVD as part of a deluxe edition of Here We Stand, which was issued in December of that year.
One of the better high-energy bands to come along in the first decade of the new century, they’ve taken Indie and mixed it up with Garage and Post=punk into a stew of accessible music across the board and certainly warranted their Best New Band of 2007 award from BBC Radio 1.
Since they’ve been back, they definitely rate as a “must-see” band on your list of upcoming concerts. And in the meantime, you really have to play this one loud. it’s okay – it’s Friday night anyway.