Friday, February 2, 2007

The Fratellis will be huge! And hello.

Goodness, a blog! Original. Hey!

There'll be all sorts of music-related somethings here: reviews, lists (heaven knows nerds love lists), and the thoughts that sit between reviews and lists.

Anyway, my faith in the music industry is slowly being restored bit by bit. I don't know what the radio sounds like outside of the west coast, but what I can say about typical L.A. exposure is that despite all the new music that continually gets released, our rock stations continue to play the same Sublime and Green Day they've played for ten years, distributed about evenly with generic hard rock as well as bands that claim not to be emo (30 Seconds to Mars/My Chemical Romance/Panic! at the Disco, et al). But when someone like TV on the Radio scores a major deal and actually gets played, or when bands the NME hasn't completely sucked dry get picked for commercials, I get a little relieved and start thinking that perhaps there really is someone with taste exercising authority somewhere.

On that note, I woke up to generic oldies station K-Earth the other day and heard a commercial for Vons (grocery store, for anyone not in CA) in which the Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" played in the background. The Fratellis haven't made a US debut yet, and already they're selling ground meat. Much as I hate the idea of a band I like selling pieces of cow, I'm kind of thrilled that a lesser known is actually being sought out and used over [game show spot music or the like]. And I'd rather they sell groceries than, say, Hummers. Realistically, the Fratellis are pretty generic Brit-rock, as are the Kooks, View, Automatic, etcetera etcetera etcetera, but generic British pop is at least more fun a listen than generic American pop, not to mention a bit more tastefully clothed, so I'm all about their image being posted around if it gives less time to whatever we've got going on here.

Not that they'll be a lesser-known for long, though; their song "Flathead" is featured in an iPod spot that complements the American release of their Flathead EP, and apparently their upcoming shows will be quite packed (read: sold out).

US dates:
14-18 March - SXSW Festival (Austin, TX)
19 March - Troubadour (Los Angeles, CA)
22 March - Mercury Lounge (New York, NY)
23 March - Mercury Lounge (New York, NY)
28 April - Coachella (Indio, CA)

Have a look at 'em, go see 'em, and listen to the sound of meat 'n handclaps.

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