Music Challenge #3 – Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

It is time for another music challenge.  Go and listen to an album that you have heard nothing about and pick it solely based on the band name, album name or album cover.

This time around I went off Band Name and Album cover.  The band was Catfish and the Bottlemen and the album cover was a drawing of an alligator biting his tail.  My first thought based on this information was that this band must be a country band with some major redneck roots (and I mean that in a good way).

Well, that was not the case.  Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four-piece band from the UK and their sound was not country at all.  They remind me more of an indie type band so they could be categorized as an alternative band.  The Ride is the band’s second album and follow-up to their album The Balcony.  I think I will check that album out as well.

On my first listen of The Ride, I did not like the album overall.  However, there were 3 standout songs on that first run through and they remained my standouts the more I listened.  The songs were “Postpone”, “Oxygen” and “Red”.

One the second listen, my mood was improving and the album sounded better.  And by the third listen, I was really digging the album.  There were a couple songs I didn’t care for at first such as “Glasgow” and “Heathrow” and I will give them a few more listens before I say for sure I don’t like them.

The more upbeat the songs were the band started to shine.  I know it is all what you like and I like rock songs better than most other songs which is why the 3 standout songs probably resonate more with me.  Overall, this is a really good album and I am glad I took a chance and listened to something that wouldn’t normally be on my radar.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. “7”
  2. “Twice”
  3. “Soundcheck”
  4. “Postpone”
  5. “Anything”
  6. “Glasgow”
  7. “Oxygen”
  8. “Emily”
  9. “Red”
  10. “Heathrow”
  11. “Outside”

If you aren’t familiar with the band, give them a try and let me know what you think.  Also, go out and do the challenge and let me know what you picked and how you liked it.  I have gotten pretty lucky on these last 3 music challenges and I am bound to hit a stinker sooner or later.

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