The Fratellis at Q The Music Club
Scottish indie rockers The Fratellis were seemingly in contrary mood as they took to the stage for this month’s Sony Ericsson Presents Q The Music Club at the Hard Rock Café. Fans hoping to hear the hits were set for a disappointment, but there were a few surprises in a set made up of album tracks from the band’s first two records, plus a couple of new songs.
Frontman Jon Fratelli took to the stage alone for the first three songs opening with Lupe Brown, the penultimate track from second album Here We Stand before the rest of the band joined him. The entire set was acoustic with a cover of Breathe by Pink Floyd delicately picked out and Led Zeppelin’s Gallows Pole rising from the midst of the band's own pick'n'mix collection of b-sides and album tracks. The Fratellis’ take on the Page and Plant classic was faithful to the old masters mid-90s' version from the album No Quarter before tumbling into a fragment of Rock’N’Roll.
For fans seeking a sing-along moment - there was no Chelsea Dagger! how could they? - the one respite from the otherwise quiet and polished acoustic show was a barnstorming run through the band’s third single Whistle For The Choir with it’s refrain of “If you’re lonely, why’d you say you’re not lonely.”
You can catch highlights of the show and an interview with the band in the Q Sessions show on Q Radio on December 1 at 9pm. You can listen live to Q Radio here