After seeing them perform at Leeds Festival in the summer and spending a lot of money (can’t say how much as my dad will read this and flip) I finally managed to get two tickets for Catfish and The Bottlemen‘s sold out gig at The Ritz in Manchester.
The indie-rock foursome from Llandudno headed by Van McCann have found their feet since XFM played Kathleen on March 17th. The Balcony charted at number 10 in the UK charts the week ending the 27th Septmber.
The Ritz on Witworth Street West just opposite Oxford Road train station is a music venue as well doing a club night on Saturdays. It’s capacity is is 1,500 and Catfish managed to sell it out with their debut album The Balcony.
The setlist was identical for the whole tour and looked like this:
The anthemic tunes kept coming all night from the Welsh quad. The floor was bouncing as the band tore up their instruments and Van belted out some remarkable vocals. Unlike some bands, Catfish kept the talking to a minimum, once commenting on how his Nana was watching the performance that night. Due to the amazing lyricism and emotion embedded within them, I can’t even begin to imagine how Van McCann felt when he had the entirety of The Ritz singing back to him lyrics which refer to his personal life:
“I was a test tube baby that’s why nobody gets me”.
For me the song of the night was Hourglass. It truly is a beautiful modern day love song. From “I’m craving you calls like a soldiers wife” to “I wanna carry all of your children and I wanna call them stupid shit”, it is a perfect example of what a love song in 2014 love song should be. Adorable acoustic guitar vibes combined with melodic piano intervals and a beautiful chorus shows how a indie band can do the occasional love song alongside songs which add up to give an emotional insight to their lives from getting drunk to wanting to bed older women.
As I only had my phone with me the quality of the above video of Catfish playing Cocoon is very bad; but this does not take the shine away from the amazing music talent. As their penultimate tune Cocoon well and truly sent the crowd crazy (apologies if you can hear my out of tune singing in the video).
10/10, Catfish and The Bottlemen were breathtaking and I’m already eagerly looking forward to seeing them in both the Leeds and Manchester academies in the spring of 2015.