Many festivalgoers this year would have had the joy of seeing this explosive small town band perform live. After seven years of hard graft, these down-to-earth guys have given the music scene what we’ve been waiting for; their eagerly anticipated debut album The Balcony.
The boys recorded the album at the Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire with producer Jim Abiss, and there is an ever-present, massive sound throughout. Huge sounding tracks ’Tyrants’ and ’Pacifier’ just get you rocking along. To top off their sound, frontman Van McCann has succeeded in writing heartfelt lyrics that people can easily connect with.
The album kicks off with a string of singles, filled with explosive guitar riffs, punchy drums and hopelessly romantic lyrics. You can feel the energy and imagine being at their gigs. ‘Cocoon’ is a stand out track that is defiant in trouncing the negativity that is associated with doing something that is against the grain. The drums just catch you at the beginning, and have you tapping along the whole way through. The lyrics will resonate with anyone that has faced disapproval, and lift your spirits.
There is no mistaking that there is a theme of love and passion throughout this album. Unrequited love reflected in ‘26’, and a belter of a track in ‘Kathleen’ clearly represents the toxic infatuation that can occur in some relationships. ‘Hourglass’ continues the love theme with a relatable brutal honesty, helped by the truthfulness of a one-take recording. It has a much lower energy than the rest of the album, setting it up to be a perfect acoustic encore at live shows with everyone singing along.
Catfish and The Bottlemen have had a whirlwind 18 months and this album indicates that its set to continue. The Balcony does not disappoint, the passionate energy can be felt with every track. If you have not seen this band live, you are missing out.
The Llandudno four piece will be gracing a stage near you imminently, check out the dates of their tour below, and our photos from the band’s album launch party at Banquet Records by Nicola Cane.
5th November – The Globe, Cardiff
6th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
7th November – Koko, London
8th November – O2 Academy, Leicester
9th November – Cockpit, Leeds
12th November – Caves, Edinburgh
13th November – Tunnels, Aberdeen
14th November – Classic Grand, Glasgow
15th November – O2 Academy, Newcastle
3rd December – The Ritz, Manchester
4th December – Thekla, Bristol
5th December – Sugarmill, Stoke
7th December – The Institute, Birmingham
8th December – O2 Academy, Oxford
12th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
13th December – O2 Academy, Liverpool