The trio rocked hard, playing selections of their previous album Second Sun and debut record If I Stay Awake on their 40-min set.
Singer Kenny Stiegele often reminded the audience that they were from Ohio, as if they were really proud of that fact.
It was only a year ago when we saw the indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen (Ryan "Van" McCann; Johnny “Bondy” Bond; Benji Blakeway; “Sideshow” Bob Hall) at the smaller 7th Street Entry in February 2015 and then upgraded to Varsity Theater in June ... now that they’re better known, they’ve packed the mainroom of over 2,000 fans... a massive difference than their first appearance of a 250-capacity venue.
Although, Catfish and the Bottlemen released their debut album in 2014 (which reached #10 on the UK albums chart), the band actually formed seven years earlier. As McCann previously mentioned, “Thank you for selling this place out, it took us seven years to fill a place like this in England,” indicating that for many years, the band struggled to find an audience.
After relentless touring (Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading, T in the Park, etc.), England finally recognized the band and awarded them the Brit Award for British Breakthrough act on 24 February 2016.
Now with their second album The Ride (Capitol) written and released, the band expanded their show to over an hour with new songs - with exceptions of previous hits, like ‘Kathleen’, played early in their set.
Based on the terrific turnout for their shows, we’re going to assume the band will be back again. The band has already announced their October (“Rocktober”) tour dates ... perhaps at the last minute, they will put Minneapolis on their itinerary (perhaps October 11th?)
Remaining tour dates:
06/25/16 Bristol Bristol Harbour
06/26/16 Glastonbury Festival
07/02/16 Wrexham Glyndwr University
07/08/16 Manchester Castlefield Arena
07/09/16 T In The Park
07/15/16 Truck Festival
07/17/16 FIB Benicassim
07/24/16 Tramlines Festival
07/29/16 Kendal Calling
07/30/16 Y-Not Festival
08/12/16 Boardmasters Festival
08/14/16 Down To The Woods
08/23/16 Belsonic Festival
09/10/16 Lollapalooza Berlin
09/18/16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
09/22/16 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
09/26/16 Salt Lake City, UT Usana Amphitheatre
09/28/16 Englewood, CO Fiddler's Green Amp
09/29/16 Englewood, CO Fiddler's Green Amp
10/04/16 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
10/05/16 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/06/16 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amp
10/10/16 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre
10/12/16 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
10/13/16 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
10/14/16 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
10/16/16 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston
10/18/16 New York, NY Terminal 5
10/21/16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/22/16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/26/16 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
10/27/16 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
11/05/16 Derby Derby Arena
11/06/16 Bournemouth International Centre
11/09/16 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
11/10/16 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
11/13/16 Glasgow S.E.C.C.
Catfish and the Bottlemen at First Avenue, Minneapolis (15 Jun 2016)