Thursday, 15 June 2017

BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES – SINGLE REVIEW

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – Hamburg 
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles - Hamburg


Release Date: 23rd June 2017

So, Billy Bibby. William Bibby. The fella has a penchant for odd band names. You see, for seven years he was part of Catfish & the Bottlemen but now he’s touring the land with a bunch of ne’er-do-wells calling themselves the Wry Smiles. Whatever next? Anyway, the point is, Bibby went to Hamburg and wanted to write a song about it so here we are, listening to ‘Hamburg’. And it’s reet good. Sure, it’s not going to top any John Peel charts for original or ground breaking material but if you want something to sing along to on a road trip or at a festival then look no further. Reverend and the Makers style story telling atop Stereophonics melodies with a US twang for that added road trip with the top down vibe. That’s what Billy & Co. are offering and I for one am happy to lap it up with a pint in my hand and a smile on my face. They sing “sunshine, that’s what we hoped but in Hamburg it was worse than home but forget it, it cost forty quid and I won’t lose a week” and basically encapsulate that very British trait of making the best of a holiday because, well, it’s our holiday and we’ve waited months for this so let’s just have a good time regardless. Just in time for festival season too, well played Billy.


Live Dates:

7th July – Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
14th July – Club 147, Llandudno
21st-23rd July – Tramlines 2017, Sheffield

26th-27th July – Kendal Calling, Loather Castle & Gardens

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