June 15th, 2013
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Catfish & The Bottlemen with support The Maydays »
Free Before 9pm. £4 Thereafter
Catfish and the Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.
Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own.
Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage.
Based around a nucleus of childhood friends who grew up and learned to play music together in Llandudno, North Wales, Catfish and the Bottlemen finalised their line-up just two years ago.
Since then they have pursued a relentless schedule of touring which has taken them to virtually every corner of the UK as well as Ireland, Austria and Germany.
“We are all about bringing back the buzz of live music,” says singer, guitarist, songwriter and all-purpose ringleader Van McCann, 20.
Elder statesman of the band is 22 year old guitarist Billy Bibby, the man who first taught Van to play. They are joined by bookish bass player Benji Blakeway, 22, and rock-solid drum-meister Rob “Dr Bob” Hall, aged just 19.
Don’t try and pin these lads down: while journalists compare them to The Libertines, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks, their own listening is focused on classics like Van Morrison and Elvis Presley. Guitarist Billy cites Mark Knopfler as a hero.
Over the past two years Catfish and the Bottlemen have self-released two singles and two EPs as they have built a following of manic intensity. “When you have people who travel hundreds of miles to see you, that’s an amazing commitment,” says McCann. “It makes us even more determined to put on a great show.”
A five piece from Wrexham fronted by brothers Keano and Nick who create classic guitar music that oozes up beat pop sweetness!!
The Maydays bring a thoroughly dancable brand of jangly indie that’s made for the summer and provides the perfect way to loosen up at the start of a Saturday night.
Definitely one for those in tight jackets and skinny jeans feeling nostalgic for 2007.
“Arctic Monkeys/Libertine-esque. One of the tightest bands around, they put many of their peers to shame” Wrexham Music Magazine
“A clattering riot of guitars with down to earth lyrics. sure to do well” Shoot in Paris DJ’s