Catfish & The Bottlemen - Homesick - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Catfish & The Bottlemen - Homesick

by Nathan Fidler Rating:5 Release Date:2013-06-17

Despite such a zany band name, Catfish and the Bottlemen have a very straightforward sound. Their first single 'Homesick' begins with indie intentions but launches into something more akin to the stadium rock of Stereophonics. Van McCann has a powerful enough voice but his vocals sound too familiar to the ear, like a Kelly Jones or a Luke Pritchard.

Thankfully, the lyrics are little better: "I said, I'm only looking out for you/ She said, it's obvious that's a lie". The tearing hook in the chorus where we hear the lovers falling apart and placing blame is an excellent moment. The second track (or b-Side to those old enough), 'Pacifier', has a sunnier disposition even if it does tread the same subject matter as the single itself. The guitars brim with the popish subtleties of guitar bands in the early 00s, but pack a punch when it comes to the chorus.

Communion has unearthed some gems in its time and Catfish And The Bottlemen could be the next. They just need something a bit more edgy than this to break out with. Radio-friendly might get you into eyeline of the Brits but it won't get you the cult-status fellow label-mates Daughter have found.

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