Live4ever’s coverage from Neighbourhood Weekender 2021 continues with a featured gallery of Sunday’s Main Stage headliners Catfish And The Bottlemen.
Catfish And The Bottlemen had had plenty of time to get some touring in for their third studio album The Balance before lockdown thanks to its release in April 2019, but are now one of those perennial live bands back in their spiritual home upon the resumption of live music in the UK.
“As in many other walks of life, embracing change often comes down to personal preference and temperament,” our review of The Balance reads.
“Music is no different; take the Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino. A far cry from jagged guitar riffs and biting social commentary, it was observed in some quarters as a masterful, jazz-infused ode to modern life through the metaphorical medium of space travel, in others as a meandering, confused body of work from an artist indulging his ego without a thought for fans of previous records.”
“Therein lies the delicate trapeze act of musicians wanting to appeal to their growing creative instincts without alienating the fanbase that keeps you from having to consider a more conventional nine-to-five occupation.”
“Catfish And The Bottlemen have resolutely stuck to what both they and their devoted fanbase have become accustomed to on this their third album, continuing the theme of showcasing driving guitar-based choruses atop relatable lyrics of struggling romance.”
Photos for Live4ever by Gary Mather.