Catfish and the Bottlemen

Venue: Gwdihŵ Cafe Bar, Cardiff
Date: 5th April 2012

Seeing bands in small venues is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Every now and again we have the pleasure of attending a gig that leaves us feeling like we have just witnessed something very special. This is exactly what happened on Thursday during a great night put on by Jealous Lovers.

Opening the night was Cardiff based Violas. Violas have gained a lot of support from Bethan Elfyn and Adam Walton, and are a without a doubt one of the finest bands on the local scene. Violas clearly proved tonight that they have great potential. They worked their way through a very enthralling set. The music that Violas create is both intense and beautiful, and demands utmost attention from the listener.

Next on the stage are Spring Offensive, an Oxford five piece who before tonight I was unaware of. After this live set they are a band that I will be following with a great deal of interest. They delivered a set full of intelligent indie pop songs. The melodies, rhythms and vocal harmonies interweaved perfectly and Lead Singer Lucas Whitworth is a frontman that you can not take your eyes off. The band came from the stage to play ‘Carrier’ a cappella in the middle of the crowd. This is clearly a band who put a great deal of thought into their songwriting and how to get that across in a live arena creating an experience that is impossible to forget.

Headlining the night was Catfish and The Bottlemen a four piece from Llandundo who we were very excited about seeing. As soon as the band took to the stage and played their first note, it became obvious that this band are going to have a very exciting twelve months ahead of them. They are full of confidence and belief as they work their way through a set of fast and furious, exciting songs. In lead singer Van the band have a frontmen who is a natural when it comes to commanding the stage and engaging with the crowd, stopping to chat with the crowd in between songs and asking crowd members about their day jobs. Catfish and The Bottlemen are clearly loving every note they play and every word they sing. The set ends with Van climbing on the drum kit, pushing his guitar against the ceiling and announcing to the crowd that we will see them again in an arena somewhere. After tonights set, only a fool would bet against that happening.

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