Catfish and the Bottleman

Catfish and the Bottlemen at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

For awhile there it was popular to say that rock ‘n roll was dead. With the genre running stagnant, it was a bit hard to argue with it. British rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen are here to prove that rock music isn’t dead in its grave. Performing at the the House of Blues in Anaheim, the quartet put on the quintessential rock show. Playing a setlist comprised of fan favorites from their two albums, the Brits left everything they had out there on the stage. They breathed a new life into their songs, not only adding an extra depth to them, but also adding musical components to them to extend the length of the songs.

One of the most interesting things about their performance was that they didn’t follow the standard concert setup. They hardly had any onstage banter, opting to have moments without talk as they transitioned between songs. They also opted to not have an encore. While it was a bit shocking to see the lights come on after the band walked off the stage, it was also refreshing. In an age when it’s expected of bands to return to the stage to play a handful of songs after ending, it was nice to see a band leave it with such finality.

If anything was apparent from Catfish and the Bottlemen’s performance, it’s that they’re on a four man mission to bring back an honest to God rock show in which the focus is the music and nothing else. Without any expectations for onstage banter or encores, fans must take in the experience for what it is and as it happens. While this might turn off some people, it should in no way detract from the amazing performance that the band puts on, and anyone who has the chance to catch them live should certainly make sure to do so.

Photos and words by Victoria Patneaude