5.16.2017

Review: Catfish & the Bottlemen Take the Rave

Catfish and the Bottlemen: A Review from The Rave

May 9th, 2017
Catfish & the Bottlemen @ The Rave
Milwaukee, WI

   Not to brag or anything, but I had the best seats in the house for the Catfish & the Bottlemen concert at The Rave last week in Milwaukee. I left the venue starry eyed; occasionally murmuring a "Wow". 
   While I'm a little biased, seeing as I'm a huge fan, it's safe to say that Catfish and the Bottlemen blew my mind. CATB creates this massive wave of sound that hits your ears in just the right spot.
   I purchased VIP Balcony seats (fitting because CATB's first album is The Balcony) and while there was considerable less energy above the stage, ultimately it was worth not being splashed with beer and sweat from strangers... plus, I had a front row view of the entire stage which is priceless. 8/10 would recommend to a friend
   The Worn Flints opened for Catfish. I hadn't done any research on The Worn Flints before the show so I wasn't sure what to expect. They remind me of Cage the Elephant a little bit. The lead singer had a ton of energy and strutted around the stage making silly faces at the crowd which, for the record, was a little bizarre.
   I was really digging the first two songs that The Worn Flints played but when they pulled out "Shoulda Known" it felt like a bar gig that went on for too long. I'll be honest, I really just wanted them to get off of the stage so the show could move forward. It was almost torturous. The saving grace was the light show, 12/12. I absolutely loved what they had going on during The Worn Flints. It was easy to take pictures of and it was very aesthetically pleasing whereas the CATB light show was just impossible to work with (photographer's nightmare).
   When The Worn Flints finally left the stage and the roadies started setting up for Catfish, I started getting really antsy. Larry (Lau, lead singer Van McCann's BFF & guitar tech) crossed the stage & I (along with some other die hard fans) screamed. It was so weird seeing all of the people featured on Benji's Snapchat stories or Bob's Instagram IRL setting up for the show. 
   Catfish kicked off their set with "Homesick", "Kathleen", and "Soundcheck". It was an energetic performance although Van seemed distracted or irritated at times, possibly due to the lack of hype up on the balcony. I'm sure that The Rave held a tame crowd compared to what the British arena rock band is used to. I'll admit, at times I didn't know the words to songs off of 'The Balcony' but I still had a fantastic time. There's just something abut seeing one of your favorite bands perform live... it's unreal. 
   Near the end of the set, the band left frontman Van McCann on stage for his solo song "Hourglass". The entire room burst into song it was a truly beautiful and memorable moment.
"7" by Catfish & The Bottlemen
May 9th, 2017
The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
   My favorite part of the show was watching the band members break their concentration to take a look into the crowd as a smile broke across their faces. These 4 extremely talented and dedicated young guys are living their dream, something they've worked for almost ten years on, and that alone makes me sooo overjoyed. 
   I would absolutely make the effort to go to another CATB concert. The show was high energy and very well executed. If there was a wrong note, I missed it. As I've said time and time again, Catfish and the Bottlemen don't disappoint.