Catfish and the Bottlemen- “I want to endorse you…I want you to EXHAUST ME.”

Catfish and the Bottlemen– The Barfly, London (July 23, 2013)

I first stumbled upon Catfish and the Bottlemen at a Communion event held at one of my favorite Camden venues, the Barfly. Other acts in the Communion lineup were Sam Fender and Nick Mulvey, both very talented singer/songwriters. I was extremely impressed with what I heard, and predicted a HUGE FUTURE for these Welsh lads. I met Billy and Van that night and told them all about the killer festivals in the states that I could see them doing. Van has killer frontman personality (HILARIOUS) that is perfect for engaging crowds and getting them on your side. As a loyal fan and buddy of this group from their early beginnings, I went on to see them a total of SIX TIMES in London (Barfly, KOKO, O2 Islington Academy, the Macbeth, Sebright Arms, The Borderline). CRAZY, I know. They were always so immensely appreciative and humbled by my support, and it feels good when Rob (aka “Dr Bob”) asks you your opinion about the new songs as feedback for the debut album. I always told them that Pacifer, Homesick, and Sidewinder (especially) were my favorite of their early setlists, and that Rango and A.S.A. would be their next big hits. Sidewinder’s pulsating riffs and infectious energy stir up all sorts of madness, and some of the lines (“I want to endorse you, I want you to EXHAUST ME”) are pretty hot. Turns out my prediction was spot on, cause Zane Lowe of Radio 1 deemed these songs (Kathleen) some of the “hottest record in the world”, and soon reached the top of the charts (as well as playlists for the epic footballers of Manchester United!…Also, my wish for them to tour the states came true, cause they got the opportunity to do the Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo this year, as well as a few other additional fests! Re-VANped (pun intended) by their American glory, they came back the the UK fired up for a whole slew of summer festivals: Ibiza RocksWakestock, T in the Park, Somersault, Tramlines, Kendal Calling, Belladrum, Boardmasters, Read and Leeds, Bestival…All BEFORE RELEASING THEIR DEBUT ALBUM. Mental! They also just SOLD OUT a headline show at KOKO in November, but I’ll be gone from London by then and I won’t get to be HOMESICK with them one last time. The energy and charisma of this indie rock quintet is pretty rare, and their chemistry is hard to find; the all grew up together in small-town Wales, and it SHOWS! Glad I was at least able to catch those CATFISH before others CAUGHT ON! 😛

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Homesick

Sidewinder

Tyrants

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Catfish and the Bottlemen– The Macbeth, London (Aug 29, 2013)

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Rango

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Catfish and the Bottlemen– Sebright Arms (Sep 16, 2013)

Rango

Kathleen

Pacifier

Heartbreaker

Sidewinder

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Catfish and the Bottlemen– O2 Islington Academy, London (Oct 25, 2013)

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Catfish and the Bottlemen– The Borderline, London (Feb 24, 2013)

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Kings of Convenience- “Love is just a game we’re both playing and we can’t get enough of…”

Kings of Convenience– Green Man, South Wales

(Aug 16, 2013)

Kings of Convenience are an Indie folk/pop due from Bergen, Norway that are known for their delicate tunes, soothing vocals, and intricate guitar melodies. Anytime I listen to their songs, I mentally escape to peaceful place where nothing matters but enjoying the present moment. Their songs always seem to remind me of the simple things in life, and the matra: “It’s simple to be happy, but it’s difficult to be simple.”

After having listening to their stuff for a few years, I was so excited to finally see them at the Roundhouse in London. I go their super early so I would be able to enjoy the show from the front (makes all the difference!), and luckily I was able to get two videos (see below) of my top favorites: ‘Homesick‘ and ‘Mrs. Cold.’ ‘Homesick’ always reminds me of my good friend Gina who I always used to sing this with when we were missing home: “Homesick…cause I no longer know where home is.”  (ugh, soooo good)

Mrs. Cold was not only a pleasure to hear (I LOVE the guitar ditty), but a pleasure to WATCH as well. Erland was SO entertaining, and his dancing jig was so adorable. (I couldn’t stop laughing!) The very clever lyrics that always HOOK me in this one are: “You should’ve hooked me, before I put my raincoat on” and OF COURSE the ending: “What is love? Love is just a game we’re both palying and we can’t get enough of.”  ❤

Other favorites of mine that they played that night were: Misread, Cayman Islands, Singing Softly to Me, I Don’t Know What I Can Save you From, Toxic Girl

Right before their encore, Erland greets the audience and with a certain coolness/confidence makes this announcement: “Life is full of terrible moments. This is not one if them.” One of the BEST LINES I’ve heard from a band before ending their show. Kings of Convenience BLEW ME AWAY. Some of the greatest guitar and vocal harmonies I’ve ever seen. Glad I could catch them in London after a long awaited hiatus, and then a few months later at Green Man festival in Wales, where I was lucky enough to watch them (only me an a few others) do a practice show while getting ready for their headliner performance that night. It PAYS OFF to be alert in the campsite during the early hours of a festival!  😛

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Kings of Convenience– The Roundhouse, London

(May 15, 2013)

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Homesick:

Mrs. Cold:

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