The Fratellis

Mistress Mabel

Mabel? That’s what NME’s nan was called! Now, we realise Jon Fratelli might be pushing 30 but he’s not looking all that bad for his age – even if the Peaches’ and Alexas of this world are probably out of his reach, we reckon he could still bag himself a more youthfully monikered squeeze than a… Mabel. Oh, we get it, he needed something to rhyme with cradle. Genius. Sadly, this first cut from new album ‘Here We Stand’ is an unfortunately turgid slice of pub rock that sounds as dated as the name of its protagonist; more Chelsea pensioner than ‘Chelsea Dagger’.

Rob Webb