Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – Featured Band On 365 Radio Network
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band from North Wales/Chester UK.
Since playing their first full band gig in November of 2015, it’s been non-stop with close to 100 gigs and festivals in 40+ UK cities, combined with the release of a début EP and two follow-up singles. Hard work is paying off in the form a growing, grassroots fan base, as well as music industry recognition via two grant wins from Horizons/BBC Launchpad and Arts Council of Wales to further fuel new music development, touring, and promotion.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have caught the attention of numerous tastemakers including Adam Walton of BBC Introducing, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, BBC Radio Wales, and over 100 radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.
Manchester legend Clint Boon describes 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 and predicting “a massive future”. The band’s influences remain diverse and ever-changing, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to the live repertoire. Come to a gig and experience the band at their very best!
Although the band formed recently, reviewers consistently remark that the group chemistry and level of musicianship are such that they play like a veteran ensemble. Bibby has clearly surrounded himself with talent. Experience also plays a key role considering Bibby’s history as a UK Platinum Certified recording artist with Catfish and the Bottlemen, bringing to bear seven years of gigging and songcraft to every show and in every heartfelt song he’s written.
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. And Billy Bibby and his band are ready to do it all again.
Billy Bibby’s current musical journey began in the summer of 2014 in the same, grass roots, DIY style that served him well in the past. Penning new tunes and trialling them in front of live audiences, as well as via demos posted to SoundCloud, garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback. The time was right to transition to a full band experience and, with the help of Simon Jones, bassist for The Verve, auditions were held and a new four-piece ensemble of talented musicians rapidly took shape.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles released their first single, ‘Waitin’ for You’, and played their first live show in November of 2015 and it’s been nonstop ever since: a debut EP Bide Your Time and a follow-up single ‘Are You Ready?’.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are out to win over new fans one by one with their energetic, tuneful, and optimistic rock.
Billy Bibby : Lead Vocals, Guitar
Matt Thomas : Bass, Vocals
Mike Pearce : Drums
Rob Jones : Lead Guitar, Vocals