It’s been less than two years since Catfish and the Bottlemen released their roaringly popular debut, The Balcony and it seems that not much has changed in that time. The Welsh lads (well, at least frontman Van McCann) are still writing about they know best: girls, smoking and drinking, and throwing in wonderful guitar solos left, right and centre. However, is their follow-up, The Ride, anywhere near as good?
It has been two years of touring The Balcony, being nominated for awards (including British Breakthrough at the BRITS) and being heralded in the press (ahem, NME anyone?). However, we’ve finally been gifted with new music from Welsh rockers, Catfish and the Bottlemen. ‘Soundcheck’ premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on Monday, and the results were surprising.
I love London a hell of a lot. Having not been there since December with my best friend, it was time to revisit one of my favourite places in the country. I ended up selling one of my tickets for Catfish and the Bottlemen at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, mainly due to lack of money (and lack of friends willing to travel to the capital with me). This meant that as I was desperate to see them live, I’d make the trip down by myself.
Headlining not one, but two nights at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush, the crowds were lining up outside in the rain for Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen on April Fools’ Day on their largest headline tour to date. Following support from northern band Little Comets, a puzzling choice for some seeing as they are a much more established act, the London audience were ready and waiting in numbers for that Pirates of the Caribbean theme to start and signal the start of the show.
Need a break from all that revision and essay stress? Can’t sleep? Well… I must have a playlist for everything, whether it’s for walking to university, getting the perfect songs together to help me through an essay and even when I’m relaxing and trying to sleep. This playlist is one I’ve compiled with some gorgeously comforting songs to listen to when you want to wind down and eventually drift off to. I’ve embedded my Spotify playlist below and also written a bit about some of my favourites on the list too…