Catfish and the Bottlemen Are Back With A Vengeance At Kerfuffle Check out thoughts and pics of their Kerfuffle Performance!
“… Although they were slotted for an early set and not as a headliner, Catfish and the Bottlemen easily had the largest and rowdiest crowd of the day. The four-piece band from the UK has been a staple in the alternative rock scene ever since the release of their debut album, The Balcony, which was released back in 2014. Although their popularity somewhat dipped after they took a break from touring and releasing music for 3 years, Catfish and the Bottlemen have easily made a triumphant return with their third studio LP from early this year titled The Balance.
Led by their suave frontman Van McCann, Catfish blew the figurative roof off the harbor as well as several eardrums. Given that they only had roughly 25 minutes, the lads definitely left everything out on stage and gave it their rocking all.
Opening with the first track of their latest album, “Longshot” easily got the crowd’s blood pumping as McCann ripped a couple heavy chords and strutted around stage with an infectious bravado. When they struck up the chords to “Kathleen”- Catfish’s most recognizable song and the same track that put them on the same popularity tier as The 1975 and the Arctic Monkeys back in 2014- there was so much energy coming from the stage, I thought that the ground was going to crack.
Seeing the horde of teenage fangirls absolutely tear up the GA was both amusing and sort of frightening at the same time. McCann and company returned the gesture by playing a collection of deep cuts from their earlier work with just as much emotion as the fans screaming and cheering before them. To close out their set, Catfish played another classic, “Cocoon”. After Catfish ended their set, nearly half the crowd from the GA took a “beer buying break”. The Head and The Heart certainly had big shoes to fill after such a pounding performance…”