A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has been speaking about life on the road with his chart-topping band Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Rob Hall, who left the school in 2011, is currently in the midst of yet another tour with the Llandudno four-piece, who have gone from strength-to-strength following their release of second album The Ride, which reached number one in the UK Album Chart.
The 24-year-old, who spent seven years at Rydal Penrhos, wrote on moderndrummer.com: “This year is taking us everywhere and it is nuts. Combine playing live music and travelling the world and you’re onto a winner.
“A headline USA tour is coming up before festival season around Europe/Australia/Japan. Then we come back to the UK for some arena shows. We love spending time in the USA though, as we’re back to join Green Day on their seven-week stadium tour. That’s going to be big! Then it’s all about album three.”
The drumming sensation joined the group - led by frontman Van McCann – while he was still at school, and Rob stated that how he plays the drums alters
“I’m a pretty obsessive person; however, I was always longing to be in a straight up rock band, so when Catfish came along my playing adapted to the ethos of the band,” he added.
“The music is written with crowds and venues in mind and everything is about feeling the music and how the people in the audience are going to react to it. We just want to put on a real show and make people feel good.
"We love playing shows! You can’t beat the feeling—it’s addictive and it’s all we know. We started out living in a transit van for years playing pubs or any venue that would have us, so this year is such a massive reward.
“For me, this year is about embracing the venues as they get bigger, and being more in the moment to take it all in and keep performing continually better.
“My approach to playing is to serve the song, make it feel big, and get some funky nuggets in there.”