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The Fratellis, the Ceremonies

JAY HORTON
9 pm., Friday November 08 | $15 advance, $17 day of show.
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St.
 
[THE WHITE KEYS] One hesitates to assume a band whose members named themselves after the Goonies’ nemeses would ever necessarily mature, but Jon, Barry and Mince Fratelli were bound to change through the years. Packed with buoyant, nonsensical, sugar-jagged singles, the Glasgow trio’s 2006 debut, Costello Music, seemed more like a triumphant accident than blueprint, but nobody could have suspected the mid-tempo bluesy dullness of a sophomore album pronounced dead on arrival. The boys’ subsequent split to solo projects—none of which shall be advertising iPods anytime soon, shall we say—and eventual reunion held some promise of enlivened desperation. Alas, recently released We Need Medicine only pretends to marry new musicianship to the energies of old, while possessing absolutely none of the bonkers momentum that rendered their first collection as thrilling as a teen’s first high-speed pursuit. One understands the motivation, but it’s a shame when kids learn to drive. 

Where: Wonder Ballroom
Phone: 284-8686
Address: 128 NE Russell St.

 
 

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR
 
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