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The Fratellis at Wonder Ballroom :: 11.08.2013

You never know quite what to expect when a band reunites after a long hiatus. Will they chart a new course or will they return to their old ways? Will this precipitate a return to their former glory, or is this merely a last hurrah? And perhaps most importantly, are they going to play any of their old hits or will they force the audience to listen exclusively to their new material? These questions were no doubt on many people's minds as they filed into the Wonder Ballroom on Friday night to see Scottish rockers The Fratellis.

Lead singer was Jon Fratelli was quick to dispel any concerns about the last question - a few minutes into their sold-out show, he entered into a verbal contract with the crowd, "For every new song we play, we'll give you an old one" - a promise they more lived up to, doling out generous helpings of their 2006 album "Costello Music" alongside fresh tracks from their new record, "We Need Medicine."

It's been over seven years since The Fratellis burst onto the scene with "Chelsea Dagger" and the group's sound has definitely changed significantly in the interim. Following a four-year hiatus, the band traded in the raucous pub-rock vocals and burlesque-inspired music videos for a more bluesy, rockabilly vibe. Although it's quite a departure from their past sound, songs like "Seven Days Seven Nights" and "Halloween Blues" retain much of the energy of the band's earlier work, albeit with a more mature finish.

While it's unlikely that "We Need Medicine" is going to return The Fratellis to the spotlight, their fans at the Wonder greeted old and new material alike with wild enthusiasm - and I'd say that counts as a successful comeback.

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11/13/2013 8:55PM
The Fratellis at Wonder Ballroom :: 11.08.2013
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