Introducing: Catfish & The Bottlemen

Sean Ward

Design type pokemon, often found in tall grass at festivals covered in mud and neon paint. A strong obsession with tea, cocktails and Kate Bush. Sharing musical nuggets of goodness each week. @Sean_Ward93

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Catfish & The Bottlemen are a Welsh indie rock band, originally from Llandudno. I wouldn’t be surprised if  you haven’t heard of them before as this is an indie outfit who are intent on breaking through the radar the old fashioned way as opposed to creating social media campaigns and blog hype.

The band emerged earlier in 2013 with their first single ‘Homesick’ which is an anthemic and soaring piece of indie rock which is reminiscent of some of the greats such as Foo Fighters, the composition of the track is incredibly similar to the American greats. With a huge amount of emphasis on the piercing instrumentals, the band also managed to write a radio friendly, contagious hook which the BBC radio stations adored, including Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq.

Throughout this year they have supported the likes of The 1975, another incredibly hard working band who seem to share the band’s grafting mentality. They count The Vaccines amongst their friends, after dragging them to see the band play a club night for Carl Barat. The music released alongside the live shows has also been of a very high standard, ‘Rango’ is spanning and frantic with a likeness to The Joy Formidable when screeching riffs take front of stage within the track.

They plan to release a new single on the 9th of December which is entitled ‘Pacifier’. Despite being released in the dead of British winter, this has a distinct summer vibe in the verse yet the chorus transforms into a wide eyed festival tent filling masterpiece as you can almost see the barrage of light escaping the stage as they launch into this gigantic chorus. Van’s vocal stays apparent throughout as it has a real rough quality that is reminiscent of 90’s grunge indie. This single comes on the eve of 2014 which is sure to be a momentous year for this band.