Review: Jon Fratelli @ The Vibe Bar

Jon fratelli - Solo UK TourIt’s The Vibe bar on Brick Lane, London and and I’m here to see Jon Fratelli. As ‘Reboot’s’ go, the first date of his UK tour is a low key affair, playing to probably no more than a hundred fans.

However, those in attendance saw a promising taste to what should be an amazing album.

Early signs are the Ex- Fratelli’s frontman isn’t going to forget his roots, and choosing to open with the classic ‘Chelsea Dagger’ went down a treat, (having the audience singing the “du duh duh du duh duh”) whilst manically jumping up and down.

The new material was equally well received and Fratteli as a solo performer illuminated the stage.
Taking a more country step with songs such as ‘Daddy Won’t Pay Your Bill‘ and ‘She’s My Shaker‘, Jon had even the shy-est feet tapping emphatically along to the air rippling riffs and bass billowing drums, a positive sign for previously unheard material.

First single of the forthcoming album, ‘Santo Domingo‘, (which sounds somewhat similar to Beck circa “Loser” era), is a constant jangling of tambourines alongside a finger clicking baseline that will have you whistling whether you like it or not.

A good taste of things to come.

Set List
Chelsea Dagger
Tell Me Honey
Daddy Won’t Pay Your Bill
Santo Domingo
The Band Played
Baby We’re Refugees
Baby Fratelli
She’s My Shaker
A Heady Tale


Jon Fratelli On Tour 2011
30 Mar King Tuts, Glasgow
31 Mar Bongo Club Edinburgh
02 Apr Tunnels Aberdeen
03 Apr DoghouseDundee
04 Apr IronworksInverness
05 Apr An Lanntair Stornoway
07 Apr Stromness Town Hall Orkney
08 Apr Assembly Rooms Wick
09 Apr The Loft Stromness
30 Apr Live In Leeds Leeds
30 Apr The Enterprise Camden
03 Jun 53 Degrees Preston
04 Jun Fibbers York

Look for the new album coming late June 2011. If you sign up to his newsletter thing you can download the Magic Hour EP for free, more info HERE