Former Catfish and the Bottlemen guitarist Billy Bibby is back on top form, this time with his band The Wry Smiles. After leaving Catfish in the summer of 2014, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles formed a year later creating smooth rock tracks to keep you going throughout the year! Last Saturday the band played their biggest headline show to date at Manchester’s Sound Control with three brilliant support bands… An evening full of Manchester’s (and a little of South Wales) growing talent.

First up was the brilliant Cosmo Calling! Although they played to a small crowd of people, they still managed to create a brilliant atmosphere for those of us who got in there early to see them. Top tip from us – always go early to ensure you see the support bands, you never know what you’ll miss out on! The indie five piece have already perfected their own sound in such a short space of time. Their half hour set included the debut single ‘On The Wire’. A joyous track with beautiful harmonies from the male/female vocal duo, Harry and Phoebe, alongside infectious melodies. As well as performing a brand new track that is set to blow your socks off when the studio version is released! 

Next up, and best dressed band of the night, Scuttlers. Former solo artist Kaiden Nolan now takes centre stage as frontman in the quartet and, with the current line up, it seems like this is a band who have the possibility to go far! For a group who played their first gig together in February they’re incredibly tight, both musically and with their on stage chemistry. Although they haven’t released any music yet, we can be sure it won’t be long before this band is snatched up by a record label, and by the looks of their live performance that day could come sooner than we think. Much like their Cabbage counterparts, Kaiden’s facial expressions make their live set even more enticing, adding a bit of good old Northern humour to their music. So many Manchester bands are blowing up left, right and centre this year and it seems that this could be another to follow; with powerful, raw vocals, captivating riffs and soaring percussion, it won’t be long until Scuttlers will be scuttling round the country on their own headline tour.

Closing the support acts was Ryan Jarvis with his full live band. After a 9 month wait for new music, the singer-songwriter is blowing up all over the place with his new single ‘Carry You’. A beautifully written track with passionate vocals and catchy riffs that set him apart from other artists in his genre. The 21 year old played his first live show with the full live band back in February, and it is definitely paying off, adding even more depth to his live show. With a headline show at Bolton’s Blind Tiger in July and a support slot with Oddity Road in Manchester next month, Ryan is set to make 2017 his own. 

Headliners Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles soon took to the stage with a busy crowd having gathered to see the rock band’s headline show. The quartet played some of their biggest hits including ‘Substitute’, ‘Don’t Fall’ and the latest single ‘Always Something’. A magnificent track with rip-roaring riffs, superb drumming and a brilliant vocal range from Mr. Bibby. The band are doing extremely well for themselves, currently on their headline tour and having bagged festival slots at Tramlines, Dot To Dot and Kendall Calling, we can expect to hear a lot more from these lads in the next few months. Although Billy’s past ventures with Catfish may hang around him for a little while longer, he is without a doubt making a great name and reputation for himself alongside with the brilliant The Wry Smiles.

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