Mitch's Take


This March marked the first time young Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen played New York City, and boy, did they. The band, currently on tour promoting their debut album, The Balcony (released via Island / Communion Records in September), performed back-to-back sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory.

“New York City sold out… That’s fucking crazy. This is the one that’s been most exciting for us.” – Catfish and the Bottlemen frontman Van McCann

The band outperformed both nights, playing full sets from The Balcony that included their radio single “Kathleen” and Atwood Magazine favorite “Homesick.” When it comes to their live act, Catfish and the Bottlemen are loud and tight, as professional as four twenty-three year olds can be. Their songs are catchy as hell, and sound even better live than they do on the album, thanks to the band’s contagious energy. Frontman Van McCann threw his full person – body and mind – into the show, brandishing his overdriven guitar with an excited rage, thrashing about onstage and never missing a beat. A+

Atwood Magazine’s Mitch Mosk was in attendance for both New York performances, tweeting about the shows through the hashtags #CatfishAndTheBowery and #CatfishAndTheFactory. Here’s a quick snippet of his NY Catfish and the Bottlemen experience. Catfish and the Bottlemen return to New York City on June 16 at Webster Hall! More info here.

Catfish and the Bottlemen @ Bowery Ballroom

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