Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles
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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

Llandudno, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Llandudno, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Americana

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The best kept secret in music

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Still working on that hot first release.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles is the superb new musical endeavor of Billy Bibby, former and founding lead guitarist of Catfish and the Bottlemen. No newcomer to the British music scene, it was in 2007, at age 17, that Bibby became the elder statesman of this working class quartet formed in Llandudno, North Wales. Catfish and the Bottlemen relentlessly gigged their way across the UK, and occasionally abroad, building a fiercely loyal fan base, selling out increasingly larger venues, and ultimately securing a recording deal in 2013 that would lead to the release of a Top 10 debut album Certified Gold in the UK. 
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band composed of Billy Bibby, Rob Jones, Matt Thomas, and Mike Pearce. The band have been keeping busy in 2016 with the release of a debut EP, a follow-up single, and over 50 gigs &festival appearances including Focus Wales, Dot to Dot Manchester, Kendal Calling, Coastline, Blackfest, TFest & Southsea FestIn addition to building up a solid grassroots following through touring, the band has caught the attention of industry tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing Wales, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, and over 100 other radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.

Manchester music legend Clint Boon described the band's music as "that classic sort of British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana" naming Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen as points of reference. The band's influences remain diverse and ever-changing, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to the live repertoire. Although the band is recently formed, reviewers consistently remark that the level of musicianship is such that they play like a veteran ensemble, with Bibby bringing the experience of seven years of gigging and songcraft from his Catfish days to every show and in every heartfelt song he's written.

Their debut EP BIDE YOUR TIME and the follow up single 'ARE YOU READY?' are out now! With Summer 2016 festival bookings behind them, the band looks ahead to more gigging throughout the rest of the year and now booking for 2017.