After a last minute postponement back in October, UK indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen, celebrating the release of their buzzworthy sophomore album The Ride, return to Music City for the second time this year, and for their largest Nashville headlining show to date tonight, Dec. 3 at Marathon Music Works with Ohio trio The Worn Flints. We’ve watched Catfish rise from promising British buzzband to full-on heirs apparent in the latest wave of guitar rock revival, and if you haven’t yet seem them in action, you should correct that immediately by grabbing tickets right here. Find out more about the lineup below!
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
Though they technically formed in 2007 in Wales, their early days characterized by perfecting their instruments while honing their sound and literally playing in parking lots after proper gigs to reach new fans, UK indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen didn’t rise to broader recognition until the past few years, fueled by the buzzy, breakout success of 2014 debut album The Balcony. Helmed by frontman Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, the group’s straightforward approach to guitar rock, drawing influence from alternative, indie, ’80s post-punk, and contemporary garage rock, has set them apart from their more adventurous, genre-bending peers; The Bottlemen’s thick, hook-laden sound is dependable, heavy, and simply rock and roll, polished by nearly a decade of practice. After an early, well-revived batch of tracks and EPs, the band were scooped up by Communion Records, only to be picked up by major label Island ahead of their debut (and moved to Capitol for their latest). Thanks to media praise, radio love from big names like Zane Lowe, and even their first Brit Award, the band have seen a quick rise in prestige in a short time, bagging appearances at events like Bonnaroo, Reading & Leads, Governors Ball, and more, and making their U.S. TV debut last year on the final stretch of Letterman. This year’s sophomore effort, The Ride, managed to pack even more rock energy and honed songwriting, landing at #1 on the UK charts and bagging multiple new radio hits. Catfish seem to have already leapfrogged beyond “band you should watch” to “band you need to know,” and it feels like there’s never been a better time to catch their energetic, earnest live show in action!
THE WORN FLINTS
Combining elements of blues, psychedelic, and folk rock, Columbus, Ohio’s The Worn Flints have only been around for a few years, but have already honed a sound that both pulls from the retro and nostalgic while maintaining a contemporary flair, focusing more on experimentation and extended instrumentation than The Bottlemen’s typically more straightforward sound. Still, they’re sonically and energetically well matched, and should be more than up to the task of warming up the stage.
Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Worn Flints will perform tonight, Dec. 3 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.