by Hannah Durham
These Welsh indie rockers are making a name for themselves the old-fashioned way with their throwback-sound and impressive touring.
Who Are They: Catfish and the Bottlemen
Where Are They From: Llandudno, Wales
In A Nutshell: Catfish and the Bottlemen, consisting of Van McCann (vocals, guitar), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums), have been described as “defiantly uncool Welsh indie rockers” (Guardian). Whether they're fashionable or not, the group have been building up their name and audience through relentless gigging over the last 18 months and now, the four lads find themselves in great company at the upcoming Reading and Leeds Festival thanks to their authentic, old-fashioned indie sound.
What The Critics Think: According to The Guardian writer, Paul Lester, Catfish and the Bottlemen are “Llandudno's best hope of being described as the best Welsh indie rock band since the Manics, since... well, ever, possibly.”. The Independent said “Catfish and The Bottlemen look back to early 2000s indie and embrace it- jolting it into a tight, passionate sound that is fast winning them fans”.
Where You Can Hear Them: Continuing the non-stop touring, Catfish and the Bottlemen will be heading out around America throughout June and then heading home in July and August to play a host of shows from small venues to the big festivals. If you’re eager to experience their simplistic style of indie, find out where you can see them here.
Image courtesy of Catfish and the Bottlemen twitter.