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More Music! Catfish and the Bottlemen at Upstate Concert Hall

More Music! Catfish and the Bottlemen at Upstate Concert Hall

If you haven’t heard anything by Catfish and the Bottlemen yet, what are you waiting for? Check them out - right here, right now!

The band, an indie/alt-rock group from Wales, was started in 2007 under a different name (The Prestige), and they’ve been growing in popularity ever since. They have been nominated for several awards in the last few years, even winning “British Breakthrough Act” at the 2016 Brit Awards.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are currently taking the world by storm on their latest tour. I highly suggest trying to catch them at a venue near you. Josh and I saw them perform last night (the first night of the tour!) and the show they put on was outstanding! 

Catfish and the Bottlemen at Upstate Concert Hall | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan | www.poorandvegan.com

The venue was packed and everyone, including the band, seemed excited to be there. The positive energy in the room was palpable. 

The band played songs from both of their studio albums and it was just the right mix of tunes. The crowd sang and danced along with the band all night. By the time the show was over, we were all sweaty and exhausted - just the way it should be! (If you aren't tired after a rock show, someone is doing something wrong! ;))

Josh and I were both highly impressed by the band's sustained enthusiasm throughout the show. They really seemed to be having a great time, and in turn, we did, too. They put a lot of heart and soul into putting on a great performance, and it definitely showed. 

After seeing them perform live, I have a new respect for all of their songs and I have been listening to them on repeat all day! Given the chance to see them perform again, Josh and I would both be all over it. (Hopefully they come through the area again soon!)

The band's latest album, The Ride, is a chronicle of their life on tour; an emotional ode to days away from home, lovers left behind, and everything in between.

One of the most post popular songs from the album is "Soundcheck". The crowd went nuts for this one last night. Give it a listen below.

The track “7” references meaning to call someone but being “7 hours behind”, as well as being in love but needing “another year alone”. It's an emotional song and I really dig it.

One of my favorite tracks from the album is “Oxygen” - A tune about a girl with “her own trajectory” and “a mind that never sleeps”. 

Another song that I really, really like is called "Cocoon". This one is actually from the band's previous album titled "The Balcony" and it was one of the best songs from last night's performance. 

Between "The Ride" and "The Balcony", there are tons more excellent songs by this great band. We'd be here all day if I tried to list all of my favorites. Just do yourself a favor and download both albums! ;) 

You can find tour dates and more information about Catfish and the Bottlemen (one of my new favorite bands!) here:


Check them out and let me know what you think. And seriously - go see them on tour! They’re worth the money. 

Love Catfish? Never heard of them? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let me know! 

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