Photos by Joyce Lee
“New York City, let me hear ya!” urges Van McCann, the unrelentingly energetic front man of British rockers, Catfish and The Bottlemen. On Tuesday night, Catfish and the Bottlemen returned to New York City in support of their raucous sophomore album, The Ride. The band walked onto the stage to deafening cheers and hollers that would only crescendo as the night continued.
The foursome tore through a number of cuts from their debut, The Balcony, including “Homesick,” “Pacifier,” and their most ubiquitous single to date, “Cocoon.” The crowd knew every word and hollered out the melodies and lyrics each time Van beckoned them too, which made Terminal 5 seem more intimate than it actually was.
Surprisingly, the crowd knew just as much of the new album as the old. From the fresh crop of songs, Van McCann and co. led the crowd through tales of young coupling and missing home, told through “Soundcheck,” “7,” and “Twice,” among others. New light designs reinvigorated the Catfish shows — and a light up ‘CATB’ sign that alluded to one of the band’s major influences, The Killers.
By the time the band reached their encore, the entire crowd was sweaty, drunk, but most importantly, on their feet. Catfish and The Bottlemen wrapped up a triumphant return with “Tyrants,” a drawn-out, untamable, guitar heavy track that the band has ended shows with since their inception. Even with a 10-minute long encore, the crowd shouted “One more song!” as Van hung his guitar onto a dangling mic stand.