City Entertained By The Fratellis
Leah Hamer || December 8th
Warming up the already overwhelming crowd was Camden kid, Johnny Lloyd, the former Tribes frontman with his new project- an easy-going indie troop that produce a sound somewhere in-between Razorlight and The 1975. Singing from behind a curly, dark mop of hair, Johnny touches on love, life, and loss, in a charming, upbeat manner, whilst his backing band kept the rhythm pleasant and inoffensive behind him. They did their job- they got the atmosphere bubbling as more and more audience members slithered their way to the front barriers, awaiting the chaos.
Henrietta we got no flowers for you- with one line, Keele University was transported back in time to ten years ago, when that classic noughties album, Costello Music, was inescapable. As the opener of the album, it was the perfect start to the show. The Fratellis are one of the defining bands of the noughties- close your eyes and you can immediately picture the illustrated women in their suspenders on that famous album cover, and hear the football chants of their laddish tunes.
Following their opening single with belters like Flathead and Baby Fratelli, there was a sense of anticipation from the sweltering crowd- everyone has their favourite song, and with each pause the crowd around me would wish for Creepin Up The Backstairs or Ole Black n Blue Eyes- they are not just known for one certain, over-played indie-club night tune.
Whistle For The Choir saw hundreds of phones fly up in the air, the white lights of flash swaying side to side, hand in hand with the lyrics, So if you’re lonely, why’d you say you’re not lonely? The Fratellis united us all together to sing from the depths of our lungs.
She’s Not Gone Yet, We Need Medicine, and Heady Tale would follow before Jon gave his thanks to the crowd, ‘Thanks for keeping us in employment.’ He laughed, before giving their rendition of the joyful Runaround Sue- leaving the crowd sweaty, craving oxygen, and high on the effect of The Fratellis. Yet another night at Keele’s Student Union to remember.