Welsh guitar band Catfish and the Bottlemen are causing a huge buzz across the indie music scene, attracting the attention of DJs such as Zane Lowe and musicians such as Carl Barat with debut single "Homesick," which has been described as "raw, powerful and loaded with irresistible sexual tension" (Repeat Button).
Who? Signed to Communion Records, home of artists such as Deap Valley and Ben Howard, Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four-piece old-school rock-and-roll band hailing from the small Welsh town of Llandudno.
Comprising Van McCann (vocals/guitar), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass), and Bob Hall (drums), all of whom are around 19, Catfish and the Bottlemen have been gigging for the past 18 months, completing over 100 live performances across the UK and Europe. Now signed to Communion Records, the group drops debut single "Homesick" on June 17.
Why the buzz? With the previously mentioned 100-plus gigs under their belt, the Welsh musicians have been attracting attention from both the music press and some influential characters within the business, including Carl Barat (formerly of Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things) who invited them to play his weekly Jubilee club in London. They also had "Homesick," recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in South Wales, promoted by influential radio DJ Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio One show and by Steve Lamaq on his BBC Radio 6 music show. The single was described by In The Junkyard Music as "a gentle vocal led intro before powering into its huge anthemic chorus that had me blown away," while Mad Mackerel said it "starts off gently enough, but soon ignites like petrol on a barbecue, turning into a cacophony of infectious guitar thrash and helter skelter rock and roll," and Metaphorical Boat calls it an "incredibly confident debut single."
What to listen to? Head over to Soundcloud to check out "Homesick" at soundcloud.com/catfishandthebottlemen and pre-order the single via the band's website at catfishandthebottlemen.com or on iTunes.
Where to see? Catfish and the Bottlemen are maintaining their hard-gigging attitude with a series of dates throughout May, June and July, including The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 16 and Lennons in Southampton on May 17. For a full list of forthcoming tour dates see catfishandthebottlemen.com. Follow the band on Twitter (@TheBottlemen) and Facebook (facebook.com/catfishandthebottlemen) for further updates. tb/kc