Catfish and The Bottlemen made a massive return to Glasgow playing Hall 4 at Scottish Conference and Exhibition Centre (SECC) last Sunday. This was their biggest ever headline show to date in Scotland — Van McCann kept saying this towards the end of their set.
The band were asking for ID show on door from fans which making hard for trout’s to sell tickets. This very good premise for the band to but the venue was very under-prepared which resulted in fans queuing for hours to get into hall. Security were just getting used to using Hall 4 again since every big gig now played at The Hydro next door.
The band were in no rush to be on stage, working the crowd into a frenzy, with famous Scottish chanting waiting for them to come on stage. The lights were down one final time and the artists appeared. Van McCann flashed a twisted smile and took a second to the enjoy atmosphere applause before blasting off with first opener ‘Homesick’, the first track off their debut album ‘The Balcony’.
The headline set was big tunes from first album such as the opener track along with ‘Kathleen’, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Pacifier’ which Glasgow crowd were overly enjoying. Band also played few more songs off their album and showed off their other musical side as a band but didn’t seem to get same reaction from the crowd. Van McCann is definitely the main visual attraction in this band, leaving no space of the stage unused, but it’s the ever solid bass and drums of Benji Blakeway and Bob Hall which really drive this band whilst McCann directs and entertains.
The stunning moment during the set was the ninth song the band played, when the band left the stage leaving McCann alone. He paused for a minute before playing the intro to the solo song Glasgow live for the very first time. The room was silent for first minute of song before everybody in the room sang along before erupting into a huge cheer after the words “Sauchiehall Street”. It felt like a special moment in the middle of a gig which so far included moderately fast anthems, especially to crowd which has massive support for the band, which the band always thank when they play this city. The band bashed through eighteen well delivered songs, including acoustic number Hourglass, before leaving the stage and then reappearing to close the night with their go-to finishing song, ‘Tyrants’.
Filling a venue of that size is no mean feat, especially by a band who a few years ago were next to unknown and it’s obvious Catfish and The Bottlemen have a bright future ahead of them and they cannot wait to get even bigger.
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Review by Calum Buchan | @calum_buchan