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The Fratellis At The Fonda Theatre: Review

Sarah Zahedi |
November 13, 2013 | 9:26 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The Fratellis on stage (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)
The Fratellis on stage (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)

Following the October 7th release of indie rock trio The Fratellis’ new album "We Need Medicine," the band took the stage for the last stop of their American tour at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Coming from Glasgow, Scotland, lead vocalist and guitarist Jon, bass guitarist Barry, and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli released their first EP in 2006.

Seven years later, the band’s fanbase remains strong and has grown to over 400,000 fans on Facebook.

Ending their five-year studio hiatus, The Fratellis made nine stops on the American leg of their tour on the east and west coasts, drawing in newer and older fans of all ages.

Jon Fratelli (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)
Jon Fratelli (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)

After singer Conway and MTV's Artist to Watch The Ceremonies opened the show, The Fratellis led off their set with "The Old Ghost Town" off of the new album.  Still, the band made sure to include songs from all of their albums, guaranteeing that fans both new and old could hear their favorite songs live. 

“For every new song we play, we’ll play an old one too. That sound alright?” Jon Fratelli shouted to the crowd. 

As Fratelli was met with continued applause in response, the band played a mix of newer songs like "Seven Nights and Seven Days" and older fan-favorites like "Whistle For the Choir" from their 2007 album "Costello Music." The range of both upbeat and mellow songs kept the audience cheering and dancing throughout the two-hour set.  

Bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)
Bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (Sarah Zahedi/Neon Tommy)

The Fratellis closed the show with a three-song encore, playing ‘Shotgun Shoes’, ‘A Heady Tale’, and their most popular 2007 song ‘Chelsea Dagger’. With their jovial melodies, enthusing choruses and thrilling energy, The Fratellis left the audience overjoyed and singing along until the stage lights dimmed. 

Drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli 11/12 (Sarah Zahedi)
Drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli 11/12 (Sarah Zahedi)

With the close of their US tour for this year, The Fratellis will make their next stops in Europe, kicking off in Bournemouth, UK on November 17th and ending their 2013 tour in Luxembourg on December 14th. 



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