England’s Catfish and the Bottlemen is a band on the ascendant across the pond, with fans voting the band “Best British Breakthrough” act at 2016’s BRIT Awards. With the single “Soundcheck” climbing the charts, it looks like Catfish and the Bottlemen might break through in the States as well as the band releases its sophomore album “The Ride.”
The quartet’s sound blends familiar aspects of Brit-pop and indie rock, leading some media to hint that the band might be the second coming of Oasis. The comparison, however, overlooks the fact that Catfish and the Bottlemen is a much weirder bearer of the Brit-pop banner than its sonic ancestors.
On one hand, the group has taken up the mantle of toe-tapping rock ’n’ roll. The guys wear a lot of leather jackets; sing about women, smoking and drinking, and claim that their guitar tech communed with Jim Morrison last time the band recorded an album.
On the other hand, they are young, sometimes goofy kids making a go of it around the world playing garage rock with the band name that starts with Catfish. Combine that audaciousness with unrelenting musical hooks and it’s hard not to root for this band.
Catfish and the Bottlemen perform June 2 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) along with Nashville’s Los Colognes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $24 at the door (box office, Ticketfly). Visit townballroom.com.
– Daniel Bauer