The Fratellis and Black Pistol Fire @ Liverpool Olympia
On 22nd March, The Fratellis kicked off their In Your Own Sweet Time tour at the Liverpool Olympia. Support came from Black Pistol Fire: a Texan duo whose music I hadn’t heard prior to this gig, but I found to be very bluesy and I felt a strong Led Zeppelin influence. Their set was very energetic and for part of it lead singer and guitarist Kevin McKeown jumped off stage and performed most of a song from within the crowd.
The Fratellis, however, remained on stage for the duration of their set, which opened with Baby Don’t You Lie To Me. The tour is promoting their new album, In Your Own Sweet Time, which was released on the 16th March. They played songs from the new album throughout the set: Stand Up Tragedy, Starcrossed Losers, Laughing Gas and I’ve Been Blind being the songs fans already knew some of the words to and were singing along with.
These new songs were interspersed with many of the old classics such as A Heady Tale, as well as a large portion from their 2006 debut album Costello Music. These were the ones that really got the crowd going: whether they were singing along and dancing to Henrietta, Ole Black ‘n’ Blue Eyes, Flathead, or my personal favourite, Baby Fratelli. Everyone was singing along, dancing and seemed to be having a great time. The Liverpool Olympia is quite a small venue, and this made the gig feel very much like a personal experience: I was so close to the front that I may well have given Jon Fratelli my cold, that’s how intimate this gig felt to me. Much of the audience appeared to be around my own age, in our early 20s, so have been listening to these earlier songs since primary school, and I personally found it wonderful to finally hear them live. It was an oddly comforting experience hearing the whole venue singing along in unison to Whistle for the Choir and it was a really nice moment.
This was my first time seeing The Fratellis. I was expecting it to be a fantastic gig and I wasn’t disappointed. The band played excellently and got the right balance between old and new songs, upbeat ones and slower ones, keeping the crowd going and the mood high. I’ve always thought of The Fratellis as a feel-good band and the atmosphere in the venue throughout the gig suggests that everyone else in the crowd does as well. As they left the stage, people began chanting the riff to Chelsea Dagger, and when they returned for the encore and played it, the crowd went into a singing and dancing frenzy. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and it was probably one of the best live music experiences I’ve had.
They delivered what the crowd wanted and we loved it.