The Balcony by Catfish and the Bottlemen
I’ve been a fan of the Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen for about a year now, and this band continues to blow me out of the water, and their debut album was no different.
The album opens with a favorite of mine, ‘Homesick’, which starts the album off to the sound of Catfish and the Bottlemen: drums, guitar, and quick escalations into some passionate singing from lead singer Van.
I got mislead, mistook, discard
anything that I said
‘Hourglass’, the sixth track off the album is a quiet ballad that shows off the acoustic abilities of the band. It’s an emotional song that you can’t help but adore for its tenderness. Right in the middle of the album, it breaks up the louder, more rock-type songs.
‘Business’ follows ‘Hourglass’ and is my second favorite off the album. It’s such a singable song (despite the fact that you don’t know the lyrics half the time because of Van’s thick accent), and I love listening to this one while driving. Steering wheel drumming anyone?
I wanna make you my business
I wanna tolerate drunk you honey
I wanna make it my problem
Rounding out the album is ‘Tyrants’ which may start out soft, but quickly reaches the same high point as the rest of the album. This is my #1 song from the album, because of the musicality. I love the sound of this song in comparison to the rest of the album, as well as the lyrics. “But your divine ribs would help break mine/We hit the ground so let’s hit the ground”
One of my favorite albums by one of my favorite artists. Catfish and the Bottlemen are touring the US right now, so get your tickets!
1-Mar – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
3-Mar – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
4-Mar – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
5-Mar – Boston, MA – Great Scott
6-Mar – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
7-Mar – Buffalo, NY – Studio at Waiting Room
9-Mar – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11-Mar – Washington, DC – DC9
12-Mar – Richmond, VA – The Camel
14-Mar – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
15-Mar – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl