FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 |
Posted by: Emily Oldenquist
If you're part of the "in-crowd" of Brit or alternative rock, Catfish and the Bottlemen have probably been on your radar since 2013. In 2014, the band released their debut album, The Balcony. The 11-track compilation captured the sounds of the alt/brit rock genre, while still creating personal and original riffs of their own that emphasized the band's youthful energy. The Balcony neared the top of many of the UK and US charts, acting as the perfect preface to their fresh out of the studio single, titled "Soundcheck."
In comparison to the songs off The Balcony, "Soundcheck" stands on its own. It becomes clear from this single track that Catfish and the Bottlemen have matured. "Soundcheck" a smooth tune with strong and sharp jumps of electric guitar. The maturity could come from the studio time that the band has put in. "Soundcheck" sounds more polished than any of the tracks on The Balcony. But, maybe this was strategic. We already know from their 2015 tour this act can rock without help from any artificial enhancement.
Catfish and the Bottlemen do what they want. But that is not to say the band's style is completely without precedent. "Soundcheck" strongly resonates with The Strokes soft then hard garage feel; while similarly, these guys feel like Circa Waves and Swim Deep with their sense of vocal style. Either way, watch their music video above and our session with the band below.