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Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen with Phantomweight at DC9, Washington DC – 2nd October 2014

By on Monday, 6th October 2014 at 2:00 pm

In less than a month of its release, ‘The Balcony’, Catfish and the Bottlemen‘s debut for Communion / Island Records, has done very well, cracking the top ten of the UK albums chart, and their November and December 2014 UK tour has long since sold out, with their newly announced March and April 2015 tour, which just went on sale last week, soon to follow suit. Yet over here in America, they are nowhere near a household name. It is no mean feat for any band to get punters to their show if their first album isn’t even available in their country yet, and it’s that reasoning that makes the turnout for the Welsh band’s first true headline show in Washington all the more remarkable. Even frontman Van McCann seemed overwhelmed by the clearly passionate fans down the front at their DC9 show last Thursday night:

But before describing Catfish’s set further, I’ll touch on the support band’s performance briefly. Because of the presence of a strong horn section (tenor sax and trombone, to be exact), local band Phantomweight (knock it off with the bad ghost jokes) probably gets their (un)fair share of comparisons to the last American band with a horn section to have made it mainstream, Boston ska band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. While the horn section is prominent, the band seem to have their toes dipped into the pop, funk and jazz pools, which makes them a more interesting proposition than the usual DC acts that precede more famous out of town groups. Their singer Ben also seems like a pretty funny guy, making fun of the headliner (hey, when take your opportunities when you can, right?):

Earlier in the day, Catfish and the Bottlemen played an intimate set sponsored by Washington rock DC101, following in the footsteps of other British acts Biffy Clyro and Royal Blood. If the recent trajectory of those bands is a good predictor, then Catfish are well on their way to joining them atop festival bills next year. I spoke to McCann about this after the show, and he seemed far too humble to accept that stardom in the near future would be a given. But given what I witnessed at DC9, I don’t see how there could be any other possible outcome. Fans were raucous and eager to show how big of fans they were of the band, with some girls in squealing mode and near tears once the show was over.

A lot of the audience already knew all the words to their songs, which made McCann quick to quip that they must have all gotten their copies of ‘The Balcony’ by unsavoury means; he said the album would not be released in America until 2015. The boy and girl in front of me were as quick to respond that they had ordered their copies online before their U.S. tour began, and they’re been at the preceding New York and Philadelphia shows and would be following them up to Boston the next night. I think most of you are aware of just how massive America is, so having fans this devoted, willing to drive up and down the coast with little care about their jobs, and so early in the game is an incredibly good indicator of the mass hysteria I expect to surround this band swiftly. McCann also noted that earlier in the week in New York, they ran into Ewan McGregor, who probably is at this point in their career their most famous fan; a sticker of McGregor’s face is now proudly affixed to their bass drum.

As indicated in his review of their debut album, Martin points out that ‘The Balcony’ is punctuated with songs with “the power to do is put a big, fat grin on one’s face for half an hour or so, particularly if they’re played loud”. ‘Cocoon’, the band’s most recent single, is the sound of youth, of devil-may-care innocent minds, while ‘Kathleen’ apparently has already captured the imagination of youths. ‘Homesick’ slowed down the proceedings slightly and provided the most tenderest moment of the night, but overall, it’s evident that the Catfish and the Bottlemen sound is one that is loud, brash and most importantly, fun. This train to success has just begun a-rolling. Don’t blink. You’ll want to catch it and be on it before it’s too late.

After the cut: Catfish and the Bottlemen’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen with Phantomweight at DC9, Washington DC – 2nd October 2014


WIN / Tix to Little Comets’ October 2014 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 11:00 am

Having followed them for quite a while, we’re very excited for our mates Little Comets. The North East band has two massive upcoming releases: ‘The Sanguine EP’, which will be released on the 3rd of November, and their third album ‘Hope is Just a State of Mind’, which comes out on the 16th of February bright and early in 2015 (preorder the album on their PledgeMusic page here). Ahead of both releases is a UK tour later this month (all dates listed here), and being the nice lads they are, they’ve given us a pair of tickets to this tour to give away to a deserving TGTF reader. Now that you’ve read all of that, you clearly want to enter our contest, yes? Good.

Please fill out the form below completely, including your full name, your email address and which show you want to win tickets to. Then to make sure you really want to see Little Comets (and really, who wouldn’t? Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question), please tell us why you think we should award you with the tickets. We’ll read them all and whoever wrote the best entry as deemed by us will be the winner.

Get your entries in by noon British time this Friday, the 3rd of October. We’ll contact the winner by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get him/herself to the show of his/her choosing, and the winner and guest must meet whatever age requirement there is for that venue (TGTF won’t be held responsible if you’re turned away at the door for being underage). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed and the winner has been contacted by email.


The Lost Brothers / October and November 2014 UK and Irish Tour

By on Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 9:00 am

Irish singer/songwriter duo the Lost Brothers have announced a lengthy tour of Ireland and the UK for this autumn, following on the release of their fourth LP ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’, which our own editor Mary reviewed here. TGTF has also recently featured two individual tracks from the album, ‘Gold and Silver’ and ‘Derridae’. Tickets for the following tour dates are available now.

Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Dundalk Spirit Store
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Dublin Cafe Du Journal
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Limerick Dolans Warehouse
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Bray Harbour Bar
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Ballymore Eustace Mick Murphy’s Bar
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Naas Middle Earth Music Club
Friday 7th November 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 10th November 2014 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – London St. Pancras Old Church
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Sheffield St. Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th November 2014 – Liverpool Studio 2 Parr Street
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Lahinch Kenny’s Bar
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Galway Róisín Dubh
Friday 21st November 2014 – Derry Sandino’s
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Donegal McGrory’s
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Belfast Errigle Inn


WIN / Tix to Original Penguin Plugged In session October 2014 in London starring Peace and Tigercub

By on Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 at 11:00 am

October is just on our doorstep, isn’t it? And with another month comes another fab show courtesy of fashion house Original Penguin, who are putting on another one of their Plugged In sessions at the famed London venue the Hospital Club on the 2nd of October. As we did for the show in June starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS and the one in July with Twin Atlantic and We Are Scientists, October’s promises to be a doozy. And yet again, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky TGTF reader! Who’s playing, you ask?

Peace rocked everyone’s world in 2013 with their debut album ‘In Love’. They’ve been working on their follow-up to their best-selling debut, so this will be an incredible chance to see the four-piece not in a massive festival setting but in much more intimate digs.

And if Peace weren’t enough for you, Tigercub from Brighton will also be playing on the night. Described by many as what Nirvana and Sonic Youth might have sounded if they were slightly more pop, they are sure to remind you of the ’90s (if you were alive back then anyway) and will be sure to get toes tapping.

Now, usually the only way into these special shows is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. But as I mentioned before, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away and we want to give them to a deserving TGTF reader. Keen on winning? Of course you are. Here’s all the details to enter…

In the form below, please fill out your full name and your email address. Then to make sure you really want to see this show (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What’s the name of Peace’s next single, out on the 28th of September? Get your entries in by noon British time on Thursday the 25th of September. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received and contact him/her by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we wouldn’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed and the winner has been contacted by email.


Flagship / October 2014 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at 8:00 am

North Carolina indie rockers Flagship have announced a tour of the UK for next month in support of their forthcoming self-titled debut album. The LP is due for release on the 13th of October on Bright Antenna Records. You can watch the video for album track ‘Wagon’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Monday 6th October 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 10th October 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Nottingham Rock City Basement
Monday 13th October 2014 – Birmingham Bar Academy
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – St. Albans Horn
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – London TBA



Withered Hand / October 2014 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 9:00 am

Withered Hand, the band project of Scottish singer/songwriter Dan Willson, will tour the UK next month in support of their album ‘New Gods’, which was released back in March, just before SXSW 2014. I had the pleasure of a quick chat with Willson as part of TGTF’s SXSW coverage, and you can read my review of ‘New Gods’ here.

The upcoming single from ‘New Gods’, called ‘Black Tambourine’, is due out on the 15th of September on Fortuna Pop! Records. The animated video for the song, which you can view just below the tour date listing, was created and directed by visual artist Cameron Watt.

Friday 10 October 2014 – Paisley Arts Centre
Saturday 11 October 2014 – Newcastle Mining Institute
Sunday 12 October 2014 – Wakefield Hop
Tuesday 14 October 2014 – London Scala
Wednesday 15 October 2014 – Nottingham Maze
Thursday 16 October 2014 – Coventry Tin
Friday 17 October 2014 – Manchester Kraak



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