If you’re not on the Catfish and the Bottlemen-bandwagon yet, it’s time to climb aboard, because this band is hot!
On a rainy evening in May, Catfish-fans filled the REBEL Nightclub nearly to the brim. The anticipation was high leading up to the show, as even the lineup into the venue broke out into a chorus of Catfish-tunes and chants. Clearly, the rain had not dampened the spirits of these diehard fans. As the lights dimmed, and the crowd swelled with excitement, the Bottlemen took to the stage. Helping to raise the intensity of the crowd, with such hits as “Homesick” and “Kathleen” (off of their debut, The Balcony), and “Soundcheck”, the first single off of their latest album, The Ride, the Bottlemen had brought the crowd right in.
Lead-singer, Evan “Van” McCann, was a mad-man on the REBEL stage, barely being confined to the space of the stage. And while the crowd was able to sing-along to almost all of the lyrics, it didn’t stop McCann from demonstrating his impressive vocal range. From “Soundcheck”, to “7”, and all the way to the closer, “Tyrants”, fans were captivated by the larger-than-life sound created by these Welsh-gents. At many times throughout the performance, I was left questioning how four people created such dynamic sounds. Truly, an experience that must be seen (heard?) to believe.
Best not to miss your next chance to see Catfish and the Bottlemen, this is one rock act that is a can’t-miss!
– Tom Schenck
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