Codeine Velvet Club
Doesn’t Jon Fratelli scrub up well? Where the Glaswegian rocker’s other band were on a three-man crusade to reinstate denim as the rock’n’roll fabric of choice, he’s adopted a classier look for this new project with local singer-songwriter Lou Hickey. Wearing a modish grey suit which features a tunic coat buttoned right up to the knot in his tie, Jon Lawler (even his name has been formalised) looks the perfect epitome of anyone whose group bill themselves as ‘a rock’n’roll band playing John Barry’.
In truth, there’s something more than a bit Last Shadow Puppets about the whole venture, but Lawler’s raw growl is offset perfectly by Hickey’s beautiful, smoky tones on the psyche-pop ‘Time’, the possibly David Lynch-influenced ‘Reste Avec Moi’ and swaggering torch songs like ‘Vanity Kills’ (Duffy with balls, quite literally). There’s also one unrequited rocker in ‘I Would Send You Roses’ and a confounding but ultimately acceptable lounge-style cover of The Stone Roses’ ‘I am the Resurrection’, helping flesh this outfit out as being about more than just the high concept.
Classic Grand, Glasgow, Tue 15 Sep. www.codeinevelvetclub.com