On Wednesday May 24, 2017, the British rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen played a sold out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. With the line to enter completely wrapping around the vicinity of the Anaheim Garden Walk twice, it was one of the most highly anticipated shows to see to kick off the summer season.
While the House of Blues venue was quite large with an upstairs and a downstairs viewing section, Catfish and the Bottlemen really knew how to make such a large show extremely intimate. I personally don’t think I’ve ever been in a crowd that has ever been sweatier or more energized than when this bad was performing. The pure adrenaline that was being shared between Catfish and the Bottlemen and their fans set the whole environment for how spectacular their set turned out to be.
The one thing that I greatly admire about Catfish and the Bottlemen is how well they perform live.
It’s hard to play instruments, interact with an audience, and sing all at the same time; there’s no doubt about it. However, I stood and watched in complete awe as the entire band played their set and sounded just like, if not better than, their studio album. The musical improvisations that took place between the band members of Catfish and the Bottlemen were downright genius and had me wishing that the albums themselves sounded as good as their set did live. One of the many highlights of the night was watching front man Van McCann perform my favorite song, “Hourglass” off of their first album “The Balcony”. There’s just something about an acoustic performance that really showcases just how talented an artist can be, and I love that it’s nothing more than vocals and a single guitar.
My Post-Concert Depression has been extremely intense ever since the show ended and I’m honestly itching to see Catfish and the Bottlemen live again.
I strongly suggest that if the chance presents itself, you should seriously go see this band live. Catfish and the Bottlemen will be the supporting act for Green Day starting later this summer and I can already imagine what an incredible show that is going to turn out to be.