Review: The Fratellis bring all the fun to London

British rock icons The Fratellis are still as entertaining as ever. 

In support of their new album In Your Own Sweet Time, out now via Cooking Vinyl, The Fratellis took over London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. After an energetic support set from Texas-based Black Pistol Fire, Offenbach’s Can Can rings from the speakers – what an entrance.

The band kick off their twenty-three song set with the unforgettable Baby Don’t Lie To Me! reminding the audience instantly why they’ve always loved The Fratellis, or why they’ve just instantly fallen in love with them. This is swiftly followed by recent single Starcrossed Losers and Henrietta, the first of tonight’s tracks off the band’s legendary Costello Music album.



Finishing up their main set with 2006’s Baby Fratelli which delivers hints of that 60’s rock’n’roll that Britain has so beautifully created and shaped. The Fratellis are clearly enjoying themselves on stage albeit the absence of much chatting. But with over twenty songs to get through, it’s a compromise the audience is willing to make.

The trio finish off their encore with their timeless classic party tune Chelsea Dagger and a cover of 1961 Dion track Runaround Sue. 

It’s hard not to call the entire set simply catchy, because that is exactly what The Fratellis do. Almost a more up-beat Arctic Monkeys, if you want to draw a comparison of sorts. It’s the music you can play at a party and even after hours no one will complain that it’s still the same band playing.