Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Rango

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Despite not being able to attend or hearing any reviews, we can only assume that Welsh teenagers Catfish and the Bottlemen had a great experience playing Reading and Leeds festivals. Gigs that big can be a valuable experience for any band, let alone a youngish band who are just starting their musical journey. Prior to these appearances (and more besides) they released a single, and even B-side, the free download 'Pacifier', was a storming indie-rock tune. As promised, they follow up what were probably the gigs of their lives with a new single, one that was written about that age-old problem of escaping small town life for something more exciting.

The subject matter isn't new, but neither is it a cliché; it's simply part of rock n' roll's DNA. 'Rango' is another whirlwind ride of punky guitars and widescreen melodies that show both ambition and feet firmly remaining on the ground. These guys know not to get carried away, they know the work involved. Having long since passed gigs numbering three figures, you don't need to tell them about the work involved in making things happen. This is why some great bands never make it. Catfish and the Bottlemen are happy to put a shift in, to do the hours and build those foundations. If they can keep the tunes flowing whilst doing so then they'll win over plenty of hearts.

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Catch them live:

Sep 16 Sebright Arms, London, UK
Sep 18 Night & Day 16+ Manchester, UK
Sep 19 O2 Academy 2 14+ Oxford, UK
Sep 21 Greenaway Pro Festival, St. Ives, UK
Oct 02 The Scholar Bar 14+ Leicester, UK
Oct 03 Telford's Warehouse, Chester, UK
Oct 04 The Full Moon (Newcastle Under Lyme), Stoke On Trent, UK
Oct 08 Westgarth SC 14+ Middlesbrough, UK
Oct 09 PJ Molloys 16+ Dunfermline, UK
Oct 10 Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
Oct 11 Café Drummond, Aberdeen, UK
Oct 12 Haddow Festival 14+ Edinburgh, UK
Oct 13 Pure, Sunderland, UK
Oct 15 Victoria Inn 14+ Derby, UK
Oct 16 Wardrobe 14+ Leeds, UK
Oct 17 SWN Festival, Cardiff, UK
Oct 18 Plug 14+, Sheffield, UK
Oct 19 Korova Liverpool, UK
Oct 21 Duchess, York, UK
Oct 22 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Oct 24 Essex University Student Union, Colchester, UK
Oct 27 Bodega 14+ Nottingham, UK
Oct 28 Louisiana 16+ Bristol, UK
Oct 29 Cavern Exeter, UK
Oct 30 Prince Albert Brighton, UK

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