Being in your twenties in this day and age is more stressful than most of us care to admit. whether it be money, family, work or education there’s always something eating away at most of us under the surface.
Every so often we get all nostalgic and remember how much easier things were as kids and wish we could go back even just for a few hours, well for me that actually happened last week when I got to not only see but photograph and review a band who’s music had been so prominent in my childhood, that band was The Fratellis.
Now not only did I get to see The Fratellis live for the first time, I got to see them for the first time playing Costello Music in full on its tenth anniversary…That puts me at eleven years old when this album was gifted to the world and even though I haven’t listened to it in full since about 2010 I still found myself knowing every single word and singing along merrily with a beer in my hand (couldn’t do that when I was eleven).
But I won’t get ahead of myself as I’ve got a whole other act to cover yet! That act being former Tribes vocalist Johnny Lloyd and his act called, well, Johnny Lloyd…Jesus mate how long did it take you to think of that?
Imaginative names aside I wasn’t exactly hopeful for their performance and I’d love to say my doubts were misplaced, but between not really being able to understand what he was saying and the crowd not really being engaged throughout his entire performance I was really underwhelmed as a whole. Despite the actual music being relatively solid the vocals took away from the entire set.
Thankfully there was only one support act and it was time for me to have a nostalgic meltdown in the photo pit as The Fratellis came onto the stage and immediately began blasting Henrietta out, they sounded incredible without a doubt and the crowd loved every second of it but for me Creeping up the Backstairs was the best song of the entire night, as well as Chelsea Dagger because as common as it may be you can’t help but be impressed with the crowds deafeningly loud singing as soon as the intro started. I’ve seen hardcore gigs with less movement in the middle of the crowd than that.
As a whole The Fratellis put on a fantastic show and had the crowd eating out the palm of their hands through their entire set. All together a brilliant tribute to an album that helped shape my taste in music at such a young age, in a way I can’t help but feel I’ve come full circle in the sense I’ve shot various bands form various genres and ended up back with one of the bands that helped start it all.