Have you ever heard a song and felt so connected to it that you thought it had to have been written especially for you? Well, that’s the entirety of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s discography for me. The raspy howls when singer Van McCann really gets into it; lyrics that redefine the feeling of freedom; guitarist Johnny Bond’s cool, composed stature while ripping solos ‒ it’s sheer perfection.
A few years ago, when I first discovered the band, I remember coming across one song and then bingeing the rest of the album before doing anything else. I couldn’t get enough of every breath they uttered. Now I want to – no, have to share that with you. You’ve probably heard some of their hits like “2all,” “Kathleen,” “7,” and “Soundcheck,” and I love those songs. However, I wanted to dedicate a post to a deep dive into their lesser-known, yet equally incredible, tunes.
On October 3rd and 4th, WERS will host an on-air celebration, called Standing Room Only: Kitchen Kickline, marking what would have been the start of the Fall 2020 Boston theater season.
In partnership with Greater Boston Stage Company, Moonbox Productions, New Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage, Voices of Hope, and Wheelock Family Theater, this broadcast event will feature live, at-home performances from each of these companies.
Join us as we raise up our voices – along with those of our community – in an outright refusal of physical distance getting in the way of enjoying all that Boston theater has to offer.
Not every musician gets to go down in history as a pioneer of their genre of music, but Toots Hibbert does. He may not have been as high profile as Bob Marley, but Toots and his band The Maytals were absolutely key players in the development of reggae.
Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert was born in Jamaica in 1942. After becoming an orphan at 11 years old, he moved in with his brother in the Trenchtown section of Kingston, Jamaica. The nickname Toots (rhymes with “newts”) came from his older brother calling him “tuts” when they were kids. He started The Maytals when he was 19, and from the beginning, Toots could play all of the instruments in the band, in addition to singing and writing songs.
Graphics by Kevin Shin Not every musician gets to go down in history as a pioneer of their genre of music, but Toots Hibbert does…. Read More09.21.20
Graphics by Maeve Huttner By Megan Doherty, WERS Staff Writer Have you ever heard a song and felt so connected to it that you thought… Read More09.15.20