The best way to start this article is to refer you to this following quote from Catfish and the Bottlemen lead singer Van McCann:
“Live music, what the kids want”
This is exactly what the ‘kids’ got in a killer 15-song set from Catfish to a sold out O2 Forum, Kentish Town. Catfish and the Bottlemen have always been known for putting on brilliant live shows with the crowd singing every word and the venue being one giant moshpit – these standards that they have set have continued in much the same fashion with the crowd finishing Van’s lyrics for him and not standing still all night long.
They treated us fans to three new songs from the second album which is due to be released at the end of May and is titled ‘The Ride’. The songs played included, ‘7’ which had been heard by fans in an acoustic version online; as well as new song ‘Anything’ and ‘Red’ which both gained brilliant receptions from the audience and will certainly be two massive hits on the next album. As well as this, they played all their hits from their debut album ‘The Balcony’ and ended the brilliant night on ‘Tyrants’ which left fans begging for more and looking for the next tour.
Catfish and the Bottlemen, for me, are a real vocal point for a proper fans band, that adore every fan and live for the thrill of performing live. Despite their success already, this band are certainly still going places. I anticipate based on the setlist from this tour, that they will hopefully tour again after the release of the new album with a setlist that will be very focused on ‘The Ride’.