On the night of September 15th, Catfish and the Bottlemen took a quick break from touring with Green Day to play a show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas.
Upon entering the venue, the excitement could be felt. The crowd – that ranged from teens to adults in their mid-30s – seemed to become one as they sang along to the music played before the show. Again, this was BEFORE the show, which made it evident that it was going to be a fun energetic crowd.
Local band, Glass Pools began the night with their alternative pop sound. Though they are not widely known, the crowd responded well to the 4 piece group. Most of their songs were full of energy. The song that stood out the most was their song Dumb.
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When Catfish and the Bottlemen took the stage, it felt surreal.
From the very start, lead singer Van proved to have great stage presence. He ran around the stage and would have the crowd sing parts of the songs. Van would swing his guitar around and do tricks to get the crowd excited. All the members showed great skill in playing their instruments.
Catfish and the Bottlemen performed songs from their two albums “The Ride” and “The Balcony.” The crowd seemed to know every word as they sang along to each song.
As the night progressed, the energy continued to elevate through the roof! Even between songs when the entire venue would go dark. At first I didn’t understand why this was done, but later on it was pointed out that it was done to recollect the energy from the previous song and to give each one the attention it deserved.
The lighting though minimal – only switching from red, green, and blue – fit the set perfectly. It didn’t take away from their performance.
Catfish and the Bottlemen are a definite must see live. They really took over the Brooklyn Bowl and I hope they come back to do it again soon.