It’s an exciting time for ex Catfish and the Bottlemen founder and guitarist Billy Bibby and a time that will surely start to cement his new venture firmly in the music lovers minds and allow him to put some distance between him and past successes and build on fresh critical acclaim.
It’s never easy for a member of a successful band to draw a line and start anew, particularly when you have been a driving force behind the former glory’s sound. People are quick to compare, but that’s not such a bad thing if what you have to offer is as instantly engaging as Billy Bibby has.
With his new band, Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles, Billy is building the strong foundations of continued success based on what he does best, delivering songs that have been honed live, that grab a crowd and their new single, ARE YOU READY? has become a firm crowd favourite already.
“This song was the last one to be practiced and finished as a band before our first UK tour together,” notes Bibby. “But as soon as we’d finished it with our own input into our own individual parts it seemed to stand out as a major contender for the next single.”
The band are putting in the miles as well and the reward is a growing fanbase and ensuing radio exposure. In their first six months as a unit, the band completed a 26-date UK tour and recorded a four-song EP, Bide Your Time. Those songs have received radio play on BBC Wales, BBC Jersey, Radio X, Virgin Radio UK, and numerous indie stations in the UK and abroad. And justifiably so.
Bibby adds, “After performing ARE YOU READY? in the first few gigs, I knew my instincts were right as people seemed to be enjoying a song they’d never heard before as if they’d heard it before coming out to see us. Towards the back end of the tour I started to tell the crowd that this was possibly the next single and to tell me if they thought it should be or not after we played it. I think they all agreed so that was all the evidence needed for me and the lads to go get back in the studio and record this catchy little number!”
This has major hit written all over it. Make sure you check it out and definitely catch this band live!
14 Rawtenstall | The Artisan
15 Perth | The Green Room
16 Dundee | Buskers
17 Glasgow | Broadcast
23 Stockport | Blackthorn Festival
29 Banbury | Also Known As
30 Haverfordwest Castle | Pembs Fest
31 Lake District | Kendal Calling | House Party Stage
06 Whitby | Coastline Festival
20 Doncaster | Blackfest
26 Manchester | Night & Day Café
02 Lode, Cambridgeshire | Lodestar Festival
03 Merthyr Tydfil | Bowstrong Festival
17 Tickhill | TFest