By: Chase King
The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen, the second album being released by the indie alternative band formed in the wales in 2007. The band follows influence most strongly by the Killers, stating in an interview that they were going to cover the Killers because they had already ripped off enough from the band. Not only are there similarities between Brandon Flowers and Van McCann voices and expression in vocals, but the songwriting and instrumentals are fairly closely related. The Rides main single, Sound check, is the albums best relation to mainstream indie rock, as the main chorus doesn’t have much specific unique sound to it, an aspect that doesn’t do the rest of the album justice as the albums highlight is its interesting and very raw instrumentals reinforcing vocals that aren’t focused on hitting incredibly ranged notes but rather giving the message of the song within a very eased and comfortable voice. Overall, while Sound Check is definitely one of my favorite songs from the album, it does seem to be set up for success by the band just due to its more streamlined sound, not something that fans of the band would be hoping would come out of the album. The albums strong suit would have to be the mix of acoustic and electric guitars to establish different moods within the song, and the electric guitars not having a large and high energy tone to ruin the soft sound.
Overall, The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen has a lot of good things going for it. The instrumentals work with McCanns voice towards a very chilled out indie sound. The album is definitely worth a listen if you enjoy the music that the station plays.