Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

Are You Ready?

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We've seen it countless times before. A prominent band loses a member, said member moves on and makes a new band, new band flops and then we never see that person again. Well Billy Bibby can now be the exception to that rule. Since leaving Catfish and the Bottlemen he has crafted a band, The Wry Smiles, and embarked on a journey that is, no doubt, going to see them become household names.

This February they released their debut EP Bide Your Time, a really class, easy listening effort that features 4 incredible tracks (all in my top 25 most played on my iPod) that are have a perfectly summer vibe. It was released to much acclaim and now, on the back of the momentum gained from the success of the EP, we have new release Are You Ready?.

Following on in the vain of the 4 tracks on Bide Your Time, Are You Ready is another summer anthem that has been released at the perfect time with festival season around the corner. The more I listen to the track the more I get to thinking that is the peak of Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles so far. The guitar work is excellent, it's catchy as hell and Billy's vocals are smoothly divine. When it comes to writing and creating a perfect, upbeat summer anthem Billy is proving himself to be a master. Already I can already picture the festival crowds singing and dancing along to this one.

We were lucky enough to have Billy play our first Emerging North Live, where he absolutely smashed it, and since then I have been lucky enough to catch him with the Wry Smiles at Manchester's Night and Day and then, as part of Dot to Dot Festival, in the tiny Gullivers Snug where, again on both occasions, he has been sublime. Should you like what you hear here and want to see the band ply their trade live then all the bands upcoming dates are below.