Catfish and the Bottlemen is not a new subject for us to write about. We, as an entire staff of 95.7, have loved them since we first added “Soundcheck” to the station last year. I wrote my first blog on Catfish and the Bottlemen last March (I’ll be sure to link that blog down at the bottom) and at the time, I wouldn’t have considered myself a true fan. I thought they were incredible, of course, but I listened to the one song we had playing and that was it.
This summer, I was exploring the wonders of Spotify and out of sheer randomness, decided to try out their entire new album, The Ride. It became a habit—whenever I was working, in the car, or just bored I would pop in my headphones and listen to not only just The Ride, but their first album, The Balcony. I was hooked. I knew all the words by heart and I finally considered myself a true, honest fan of Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Fast forward to a couple months ago in August, I found tickets to a show they were doing in Nashville in October. Colin and I were so pumped to go, I had been drowning myself in Catfish music 24/7—and that’s really barely an exaggeration. We made the two and half hour journey to Nashville only to be told it had been cancelled an hour earlier due to illness. I was so disappointed and I’ll admit, for a second, I thought I was being Punk’d. But, of course, it was real life and we’d have to come at the rescheduled date.
Last weekend, Colin and I tried our luck again and made the journey back to Nashville. After standing in the cold and the rain for a little under 2 hours, we were finally presented with an amazing concert that was so completely worth the minor disappointment and freezing fingers.
The Worn Flints, a folky psych-rock band opened for Catfish and put on one of the most unique and interesting performances I have and may ever see again. They’re super goofy guys that really fulfilled their job to get the crowd going. Here’s an example of one of their live shows:
When Catfish and the Bottlemen finally took the stage, I literally thought my heart was going to explode. They opened with “Homesick” and then followed up with “Kathleen” before formally introducing themselves. During the show, they really didn’t talk between songs—which I was completely okay with. I liked how it was back to back songs without any real down time. Every song they performed, they played with such heart and dedication. I could hear the stories behind the lyrics in Van’s voice and that’s what it’s all about for me. Having a good sound is obviously a big part of what makes a band great, but for me, it’s also the storytelling. It’s the pain in their voice when they’re performing a song that hits somewhere in you too.
My favorite song is by far “Fallout” and when Catfish and the Bottlemen performed it, I was in such awe. It’s a strange feeling when you hear a song you’ve sung over and over, every day, that’s become a part of your regular routine, first hand from the people who made it, is an overwhelming feeling so indescribably wonderful.
Cocoon is one of Catfish’s most recognizable and popular song so, needless to say, when they performed it, the crowd went nuts.
They ended the night with “Tyrants”, complete with a mini light show and so much amazing guitar work, it was a miracle my brain didn’t melt or something. I had an amazing time and have so much more love for Catfish and the Bottlemen now, which I didn’t even know could be possible. Their tour in the US is wrapping up within a couple days but if you ever have a chance to see them, I very highly recommend it.
If you would like to read my very first blog about Catfish and the Bottlemen, check it out here: