Prior to the release of their highly anticipated second album ‘ The Ride’, Catfish And The Bottlemen treated their fans to a few shows all over the UK.
On Monday night 14th April 2016, The Bottlemen stopped in the capital to play North London’s sold out O2 Forum Kentish Town.
Johnny Bond, Benji Blakeway, Bob Hall and front man Van McCann stepped onto the stage to the sound of The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’ and instantly caused a stir.
As soon as the first chord of ‘Homesick’ travelled through the venue the fans went crazy. Hanging on Van McCanns every word and making sure to sing it right back at him.
The energy that was radiating from the band on stage met the powerful audience, setting The Forum on fire right at the start of the concert.
Catfish And The Bottlemen launched straight into ‘Kathleen’ and their new single ‘Soundcheck’ sending their loyal fan base straight over the edge.
If there is one thing that makes a Catfish And The Bottlemen gig special, it has to be the crowd participation. The fans at The Forum were singing their hearts out from start to finish, sometimes so loud that they were even drowning out Van’s voice. Cue, Van giving them their time to shine and letting the fans finish his sentences.
The explosive set continued and the fans only got a breather as Catfish And The Bottlemen performed some of their new exciting material. That night the audience was treated to three new songs, ‘Anything’, ‘Red’ and probably my new favourite song ‘7’. Judging by how well the new songs went down with the crowds, Catfish’s sophomore album ‘The Ride’ is going to be just as brilliant as their debut one.
Being overwhelmed by their fans reaction and participation, Van McCann thanked the punters for selling out this show, which only earned him more cheering in return.
Following up with a few more bangers from their debut album ‘The Balcony’, the likes of ‘Fallout’ and ‘Cocoon’ saw the place go wild as wild dancing and some moshing ensued.
Another key part of seeing a Catfish And The Bottlemen concert is being able to witness the beauty of Van’s acoustic solo performance of ‘Hourglass’. This time round, the fans and Van sang in beautiful unison, with Van allowing them to finish the song on their own.
The energy in the room was still buzzing as it was time for the last song of the night. Closing their energetic set with ‘Tyrants’ was kind of Catfish And The Bottlemen’s only option, as it got everyone singing and dancing as if the night would never end. Sometimes it’s best to finish on a high, hence there was no encore form the Bottlemen. It simply wasn’t needed.
Catfish And The Bottlemen showed that night how much they enjoy what they are doing, leaving their fans excited for the new album. Proofing once more that they are a proper live band that are destined to play stadiums at some point.