Latest posts by Danny Peart (see all)
- Catfish And The Bottlemen & Twin Atlantic team up to takeover Leeds Arena – November 16, 2019
- The big Review: Leeds Festival 2019! – September 2, 2019
- READING & LEEDS 2019 – ACTS NOT TO MISS – PART 3 – August 19, 2019
Catfish And The Bottlemen / Twin Atlantic – Leeds Arena – 11/11/19
It’s been an incredible year for music as always and Welsh indie rockers Catfish And The Bottlemen have really reached new heights in 2019. Their third studio album ‘The Balance’ was unleashed upon us in April and since then they have taken the country by storm. We probably speak for everyone around us in Leeds arena when we say we’ve been waiting for this night for quite some time, but before we get stuck in there’s the treat of a rather incredible support act.
As far as support goes if you’re going to only have one warm up act, make sure they can cut it. Catfish certainly had a banker with Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic (9) who benefited leading the night off alone by having a solid 8 song set packed with hits from their back catalogue, and some tasty new tracks for good measure.
‘The Chaser’ is tonight’s opener and Sam McTrusty struts around the stage suited and booted, guitar in hand ready to rock. It’s a solid early turn out for TA who play to an almost full arena, and deservedly so as the guys power through their set with plenty of energy. ‘Hold On’ & ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ are as always incredible live and have the crowd bouncing along in no time, before ‘Brothers And Sisters’ follows with its huge sing-along chorus.
It may only be an eight-song set, but two of those spots are
filled with brand new tracks. The recent ‘Novocaine’ clearly made an impression
as there’s a fair amount of voices in the crowd singing it back at them. After
hearing it fresh at Leeds Festival earlier in the year, ‘Volcano’ makes another
appearance in the set and still sounds as brilliant as it did the first time.
We can’t wait for the release of their new album ‘Power’ early next year after
what has been released so far, and with a handful of concrete albums to their
name already we’re sure they have what it takes to blow up into something huge
of the back of this in 2020. The epic ‘No
Sleep’ and ‘Heart and Soul’ end things
perfectly leaving our mouths watering at the sight of their UK headline tour
next March quickly approaching!
Sam and co. are back and they mean business…
One band that certainly has plenty of hype around them is headliners
Catfish And The Bottlemen (10). Taking to the stage to The Beatles’ ‘Helter
Skelter’ they rock up to screams all around under blood red lights before a
blackout of complete darkness. A spotlight beams onto frontman Van McCann as he
leans out from the front of the stage and for the next couple of hours we
witness a proper indie rock show. Opener ‘Longshot’ does exactly what if does
on their latest album and kicks things off with an irresistible chorus everyone
can’t help but sing along to at the top of their voices.
Frontman Van McCann’s vocals are impeccable and his stage presence
is equally on point as you just can’t take your eyes off him. If he’s not up in
the faces of the crowd singing down his microphone, he’s throwing himself and
his guitar all over the stage.
It’s been several years since they were playing in front of a crowd you could likely fit into the toilets of this arena, but tonight they play on the monstrous Leeds Arena stage in front of around 13,000 people, and every single one of them is absolutely buzzing to be there.
The stage itself is built to impress with their trademark
album cover of a Toucan sat on a can hanging and glowing from either side of
the band, while the main screen behind keeps reminding us how incredible the crowd
really is as a camera pans out with an aerial view of the mosh pits to the
bouncy ‘Kathleen’ and ‘Soundcheck’. Most bands could justify these first three
songs being the last three of the night, but Catfish have a 20 song set to
power through and not a single one on the list isn’t a banger.
Flying back and forth between albums, for the likes of ‘Pacifier’,
‘Twice’ and ‘Sidetrack’ the set propels into chaos among the fans and band
alike as they throw everything into this show. It takes the frontman to pull
out his acoustic guitar to halt the moshpits and crowd-surfers for a solo
performance of ‘Hourglass’ which he barely has to sing a note for because the
entire arena sings every word out creating the most memorable moment of the
As the show comes to a close there’s some noticeable absences
from the setlist which drives a more than predictable encore. Fan favourite ‘7’
and the explosive ‘Cocoon’ end the night in complete pandemonium.
Catfish and the Bottlemen are becoming one of the biggest indie rock bands around and their live performances alone are worthy of that label. It’s surely only a matter of time before they are headlining festivals and reaching out to those stadium shows they have always dreamed of if they can continue to release albums full of world beating masterpieces.
Do not use without permission
(PLEASE DO NOT CROP OR EDIT PHOTOS)
Photo Credit: © Danny Peart Photography 2019