Doowop-ing with The Fratellis
The gig 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 30
Where Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.
How much $10
Doo-wop the Monday blues away, here’s three things you didn’t know about the Fratellis!
One You may know these Scottish boys arenâ€™t brothers at all, but the Fratellis (Jon/John Lawler on vocals and guitar; Barry/Barry Wallace on bass guitar; Mince/Gordon McRory on drums) say it’s not a nod to the Ramones. â€œIt wasn’t some sort of big gesture on our part â€“ it just seemed like since the Fratellis was our name (it means â€˜brothersâ€™ in Italian), it was the obvious thing to call each other. Other people would type â€˜Fratelliâ€™ after our names on their cell phones and that just how people recognized us,â€ said Jon.
Two They donâ€™t get on each otherâ€™s nerves: â€œWe don’t have to hang around with each other all the time,â€ Jon started. â€œWe keep to ourselves in the nicest possible way â€“ weâ€™re not one of those bands tht hate each other,â€ he said.
Three They think pigeonholing music is rubbish. Jon agrees that The Fratellisâ€™ upbeat pop tunes, which are often said to have a â€™60 feel to them, are influenced by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Clash, music heâ€™s always loved. Itâ€™s music you can treat â€œas a comfort blanket,â€ he explained. â€œIâ€™ve never heard the term dad pop,â€ he said. â€œBut everyone’s got a dad, so I think that’s cool.â€ Still, he continued, â€œI don’t believe in labels in music, I just believe in rock and roll.â€
P.S. Jon has a crazy-cool vaguely decipherable Scottish accent. Just so you know, he did say he just started listening to Bright Eyes. But I had to ask him to spell that for me. He said, “Oh, he’s really famous, you know, b-r-i-g-h-t …”