Catfish and the Bottlemen (Review and Photos)

Review and photos by Helena Akhtar Photo.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are a band out of Wales that have been gaining some big recognition in the states. Basically selling out every show on their UK tours, this success is starting to come over seas. The band first played in Boston at Great Scott, then the Royale last October, one year later they’re back playing a packed crowd at the House of Blues. Known for having a cult following with people lining up hours before shows to get close, even waiting hours after to meet them. This is a band that’s built up their name from constantly touring and delivering a hell of a live show. Tonight they opened with ‘Homesick’ the first track off their debut album ‘The Balcony’ followed immediately by ‘Kathleen.’ CATB aren’t big talkers onstage instead using guitar solos, head bangs, and lots of strobes. Their lighting was particularly impressive at this show with the usual uses of red and green plus multiple rigs that even blinded at times. But this only added to the energy, flashing lights all around while you’re screaming at the top of your lungs and jumping around. They feed off this energy adding to the performance, with front man Van McCann holding the crowd in the palm of his hand, they’ll do anything he says. With a full sound they proved they’re ready to play bigger venues in the US, along with a longer setlist of 16 songs. Their new album ‘The Ride’ came out this past May including the singles ‘Soundcheck’ and ‘Twice’ which they performed live. New on this tour was the track ‘Outside’ which is the last song off the new album. Judging by Catfish and the Bottlemen’s constant touring schedule they’ll be back in Boston soon so be sure to check this band out live, you won’t be disappointed.