'BURNING BRIDGES' Album Review
UK and British Blues Award winning band Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 24 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and have just been awarded a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year (England). Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts, and their album 'Broken Man' was voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. This year they have already played in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhodes and Spain and have a further three European tours already booked for 2019, along with an impressive set of UK dates all over the UK. Their new album 'Burning Bridges' is released on 7 May 2019.
'Under The Gun' is up next, and there is no doubt that this track is pure rock n roll. Riffs and power vocals create the backbone for this to explode with a great chorus.
'One More Chance' slows the pace right down again with just Paul and keyboard taking us through, before the last track on this album, 'Exile', by no means is this an anti climax tune either. At 10 minutes long it is just a phenomenal musical experience and will leave you in no doubt how very very good this track is.
You will know by now that this is so much more than just a blues album, you have blues, rock, gospel and all sorts of other influences that go into making this album a must have in your collection.
TFM gives 'Burning Bridges' 4.5/5. Prepare to have your face melted by some of these tracks, pure class.
Catfish are Matt Long (guitar/vocals), Paul Long (keyboard/Hammond/vocals), Kevin Yates (drums), and Adam Pyke (bass).
Track list:- 1.'Up In Smoke', 2.'Break Me Down',
3.'Ghosts', 4.'The Root Of all Evil', 5.'Soulbreaker',
6.'Too Far To Fall', 7.'Archangel', 8.'The Big Picture',
9.'Under The Gun', 10.'One More Chance', 11.'Exile'.
'Up In Smoke' is one helluva way to start this album, it is a powerhouse of a track and a wonderful full on tune to get you started.
Next up is 'Break Me Down' which has a similar vibe to a Vintage Trouble song. Full of energy and great hooks. Matt's vocals are so strong.
'Ghosts' slows the pace with Paul and his keyboard taking the lead musically and vocally before the band join in, and there's a haunting guitar solo from Matt which fits this track perfectly.
Track 4 is 'The Root Of All Evil', Black Stone Cherry eat your heart out. This is an out and out rock track with some amazing vocals from Matt giving this a wonderful balance and after hearing this live a few times now, it rocks....
'Soulbreaker' we are told, is a song about celebrities and all that comes with that whole world. This is followed by 'Too Far To Fall', another track where Paul takes the lead vocally. This track bounds along at a nice pace and has a very addictive beat.
'Archangel' is a beautiful ballad about losing someone close to you, with a fantastic uplifting chorus, almost gospel like. Matt's sultry vocals are really wonderful and haunting and create the perfect atmosphere for this song.
'The Big Picture' is another powerhouse track led by Paul vocally.