Catfish And The Bottlemen are the hotly-tipped English kids hailing from Wales, who signed to Communion Records (Deap Valley, Michael Kiwanuka) in Spring of last year.
Their deal followed a (characteristically) frenetic period which saw them play in excess of 150 gigs during 18 months to hone their live set.
Their debut single release for Communion, ‘Homesick’ emerge as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype pick on Radio 1, with Lowe’s support then developing to a Hottest Record in The World for summer’s follow up single ‘Rango’ (plus the #36 spot in Lowe’s Hottest Records of The Year), and an In New Music We Trust Playlist for their third release ‘Pacifier’ by the end of the year.
A sold out London headline show prompted the NME to cite Catfish as “like The Walkmen’s The Rat realised as a full band”, whilst a slot this year at the top of Club NME’s bill moved The Independent to note their ability to “look back to early 2000’s indie and embrace it- jolting it into a tight, passionate sound which is fast winning them fans”.
Q Magazine assured readers that “anything but anonymity beckons” for Catfish, and elsewhere Press praise soon extended far beyond music titles, with Style tips for Catfish filtering in from the likes of Esquire and IDOL Magazine, with The Sun, Sunday Times Culture & Evening Standard laterally spearheading the support from national daily titles.
Highly-contested slots on this January’s Radio 1 Future Festival bill (alongside the likes of Sampha, Royal Blood and Sam Smith) and the Reading/Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage (with Thumpers and JAWS) last summer have taken Catfish far from their unremarkable beginnings,
Add to this that most if not all of the UK tour has so far sold out, then you'll understand when we say that we doubt you'll get to see Catfish and the Bottlemen again in such small surroundings.
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