Over the past week I’ve been caught up in what my first article for AMBY would be. I was nervous as to where to start, should I boldly stride in with a confident interview, or should I act a little more reserved and perhaps offer small non-committing articles at first. I came to the conclusion that I would simply share awesome music with people who appreciate it; the very thing that has attracted me to AMBY in the first place.
So, without further ado, please let me introduce you to Catfish and the Bottlemen. Heralding from the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales, the band have spent the better part of the last two years producing fresh music and touring constantly. Consisting of members Van McCann, Billy Bibby, Benji Blakeway, and ‘Dr. Bob’ Hall, Catfish and the Bottlemen produce music that you didn’t know you loved until you hear it.
With plans to make 2013 their year, the band released single ‘Brokenarmy’ to a loving reception. Within a fortnight, Catfish and the Bottlemen had sold all produced copies of the single. It would seem that the worn out cliche of the ‘next big thing’ is well and truly deserved. Whilst critics repeatedly insist they fall into a rift between the Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks, the band repeatedly prove they are not to be reduced to a support act.
With a live show that will leaves audiences questioning why the band aren’t leading summer festivals, one can only assume that we are amongst the lucky ones who find a band before their heyday. If you were to search online, you would only find one video from Catfish and the Bottlemen; a single entitled ‘sidewinder’ from early 2012. The video goes some way to portraying a live show with the band. Featuring guitar which borders from precisely indie to edgy and in many ways experimental rock, the enjoyment one takes from the band is being present whilst they discover themselves and the accompanying rise to fame.
If you were to doubt my word for it, and I can understand that as an unproven AMBY contributor you might, you should be reassured by the knowledge they are soon to be playing shows with BBC Introducing. Priding itself on discovering the best of the undiscovered music scene, BBC Introducing has found a goldmine with Catfish and the Bottlemen. If you doubt my own judgement, or that of BBC Introducing, I implore you to go and see the band live in their natural habitat, a small musty venue with an equally small entrance fee. If not, well I suspect you’ll be hearing them on your radio some time soon.
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David Berry // @joeypeapot