The Indiependent Top 10 Albums Of 2014 – Excerpt

The Balcony // Catfish and the Bottlemen

Ah, the debut record – something that many bands and artists end up stewing over for so long that when it finally comes to fruition, it simply flops. Thankfully, no such thing occurred when Catfish & The Bottlemen’s first full-length LP was released unto our ears. After the band’s steep increase in popularity during past year, it may be fair to say there was both a sense of over-expectation in anticipation of its release, as well as a fair bit of overrating. However, having released around half of the album’s track list as singles prior to its own release back in September, all to a highly-positive response, at least some of that over-expectation proved justified while also supplying the band with a firm idea of what their fans would come to expect from their debut. Ask any avid fan on Twitter – perhaps merely trying to catch Van’s attention – their opinion on the matter and they’ll likely say The Balcony is their album of the year, while others will of course disagree and possibly comment on the simplicity of the songs as a reason for down-grading their opinion of it. But when push comes to shove, the combination of relatable lyricism and hard-working musicianship is clear for all to see with this album.

Words by Alex G

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