At a sold-out Wembley Arena, tonight’s show felt like the
first big test for Catfish & The Bottlemen
this year as they embark on their third chapter with the release of
upcoming album ‘The Balance’ (out 26th April).
The crowd on the outskirts of central London here were
completely elated and wholly enthused – the entirety of the floor heaving and
The love for Catfish was clear this evening. The reception
for new songs ‘Longshot’ and ‘Fluctuate’ was mind-blowing. Barely released for
two months, each track had fans screaming as if they had always been part of
the set list.
The security in the Arena had their work cut out tonight.
Shining staggeringly bright torches at those on friend’s shoulders and chasing
those who set flares off.
Catfish have nailed a formula for relatable and engaging
tunes. They write pure guitar songs that cut to the core of what Indie is all
When frontman Van McCann took to the stage to deliver a solo
rendition of ‘Hourglass’, he sang almost none of the words. The Wembley crowd
took that mantle, singing the words back in perfect unison as if it were a mass
offering of gratitude.
There is no other band with such a sense of continuity between
records than Catfish & The Bottlemen. Similar themes, almost identical
artwork and always emotive, it is impossible not to buy into this band.
They are perhaps one of the only bands that has come through
in the past decade that can be considered as having headliner potential.
This set, brimming with huge hits ‘Cocoon’, ‘Pacifier’, ‘Twice’
and ‘Soundcheck’, was made all the better by the livewire performance from
McCann and the spectacular sound quality from this top London venue.
Catfish are a band on a journey that is nowhere near ending.
Tonight felt special and went some way to cementing their place at the top of
current British music.
Watch out for the new album, it could be the soundtrack of your year.