WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ARIEL SMITH
The band opened with “Homesick” from their 2014 debut album, The Balcony, and instantly, the entire crowd was hooked. Everyone along the barricade seemed like the happiest (and sweatiest) group of humans you will ever see. The band seamlessly banged through their set, making sure the energy was high and the crowd stayed engaged.
Halfway through their set they slowed things down with “Hourglass,” in which the lead singer, Van McCann, walked away from the microphone and let the audience sing. He sat, guitar in hand, and enjoyed. A smile was plastered on his face the entire time and it was clear that he felt proud to be the musician he was. Multiple times during the show he would show appreciation to those gathered, saying “Thank you so much for selling out Terminal 5. You have no idea what an honor this is.”
The band breezed through the second half of their set and closed with possibly their most lyrically genius and musically insane song, “Tyrants.” The song was the first one made by McCann, and therefore, played at the end of every set the band perform. The whole show you could tell that the band was not only happy with their success, but proud of the environment they were creating in the modern indie rock music genre.
To say Catfish and the Bottlemen Terminal 5 was an AMAZING show would be an understatement. If you’ve never heard of Catfish and the Bottlemen, make sure to give their albums, The Balcony and The Ride a listen and catch a show. They know how to put on a performance and it’s nearly impossible to not be happy while watching them. Everything is full of music and passion. What more could you want from a concert?