Catfish and the Bottlemen have released their third album, The Balance, and the Welsh band has managed to, once again, deliver an album that is satisfying, nostalgic and full of guitar riffs that do nothing but continue to prove that they’re a major player in the modern alternative music scene.
Catfish and the Bottlemen have excelled at keeping their music true to themselves — when you hear a Catfish and the Bottlemen song, you know it’s a Catfish and the Bottlemen song.
Their unique styling, the isolation of vocals, their refreshing guitar riffs and the constant drum kick throughout their album makes The Balance a successful album.
It’s important to acknowledge the consistency of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s music — nothing about their music is ever shocking and surprising. We never expect to be taken aback because they’ve managed to perfect the sound and take this genre of music for themselves — very few bands can replicate what they’ve done.
Few artists feel allowed to remain the same throughout their careers, but Catfish and the Bottlemen have set a new precedent for others — they don’t feel obligated to change everything about themselves for their fans; people love them for their sound.
So here are our three favorites off of The Balance.
You’re saying I / Should be everything you want / Now I’m not being sidetracked / By all that’s been asked of me / Yes I’ll be needing the night back / Before I’m feeling the backlash
The buildup is insane — you know that the chorus is going to be full, vibrant, perfect. “Sidetrack” manages to combine the calm, indie vibe in the verses but also captures the head-bopping, heart-thrumming feeling of a great guitar riff under a great chorus.
And trust me, when gotten right / We’re tenfold, to that same old, plain routine / From night to night / And trust me, it feels like an uproar in encore / When you ask of me / To walk that line
One of the grungier songs off the album, “Encore” feels like a teaser for what their sound could be. Van McCann’s vocals are unique and allow for this song to expand in the chorus — this song grows because of the chorus.
A perfect example of Catfish’s iconic, branded sound, “Encore” is big.
Why does it take the eleventh hour / For us to make the easiest of calls? / Rather than decide / This all in a night / I’m good to follow your lead, my love / So I’d take as long as you need
For those who aren’t familiar with previous Catfish albums, the ending comes as a surprise to folks. The band has now ended all three albums with a cut-off song, with this being the first to have the song cut off while McCann is still singing.
“Overlap” is a peak Catfish song; it’s fun, it’s the kind of song you dance along to, it captures the essence of who Catfish are. We can’t even begin to imagine how great this’ll sound live.
Catfish and the Bottlemen are set to begin a very large round of tour dates, make sure you snag some tickets for yourself!
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