Scottish rockers The Fratellis emerged on stage Thursday night after Offenbach’s “Can Can” blasted over the speakers and then moved straight into jaunty opener “Henrietta” from their 2006 album Costello Music and then “Baby Don’t You Lie To Me” from 2014’s “Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied”. With very few frills, The Fratellis churned out one song after another in their 23-song set. Frontman Jon Fratelli remained mysterious behind the microphone and under a hat, occasionally taking a more rock-out stance. His at times husky vocals and guitar twang gave just the right amount of country-tinged umph for an otherwise visually unstimulating show. The Fratellis closed their main set with “Until She Saves My Soul” from 2013’s “We Need Medicine” and then returned for a three-song encore including their most popular hit and instant do-do-along“Chelsea Dagger”. They closed the night with a cover of Dion Dimucci’s “Runaround Sue” and fans left The Wiltern totally satiated by their Scottish charm and the hope of more albums to come.
The Fratelli’s were opened by LA-based band Grizfolk, founded by Swedish natives Fredrik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze, and Adam Roth. Although attendance for their set was mediocre, their anthemic textured alt-rock still held attention.