Like The Walkmen’s ‘The Rat’ realised as a full band - NME
Killer guitar skills and major charisma - Nylon
Anything but anonymity beckons - Q Magazine
Armed with a repertoire of hectic, but undeniably catchy tunes, the band channel indie rock’s brightest moments of the last 20 years - Esquire Magazine
Catfish and The Bottlemen look back to early 2000s indie and embrace it- jolting it into a tight, passionate sound that is fast winning them fans - The Independent
Catfish And The Bottlemen will release new single ‘Fallout’ on July 7 through Communion/Island Records. The track premiered last night as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World and followed a sold-out London headline show at Dingwalls in May.
Catfish’s summer tour itinerary will see them taking in over 20 festival dates, including the likes of Latitude (Lake Stage, curated by Huw Stephens), Reading & Leeds Festival, Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks (supporting Jake Bugg) plus T In The Park.
‘Fallout’ sees frontman Van McCann in part squaring up to his unusual past, particularly his origins as something of a trans-continental test tube baby. Having eloped to Australia barely out of their teens, McCann’s young parents found themselves unable to conceive (Van’s mother having been badly hurt in a childhood car crash), and proceeded to hold down various part-time jobs to fund several rounds of unsuccessful IVF, the third and final of which produced Van. ‘That’s why I needed a record deal so bad’ quips Van, ‘to pay my parents back for all the cash they spent trying to make me happen’. ‘Fallout’s insistent chorus, ostensibly concerned with the inconsistencies of lust- ‘Always seem to just fall out when I’m most in need of it / Always seem to just call out for it when I’m up for leaving it’ –finds McCann’s blistered vocals simultaneously tapping into distinctly more personal material. ‘It felt like it wasn’t just an archetypal thing to write a song about’ says McCann, ‘I thought, if I word it right, this can relate to two completely different things but still u-turn back to the same sentiment’.
‘Fallout’ is the fifth single release in under a year from Catfish and The Bottlemen, whose equally frenetic tour schedule (over 100+ gigs in the last 12 months) has seen the 4 English kids from North Wales play Radio 1’s Future Festival and perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, amidst a relentless UK tour itinerary which has also taken in sold-out headline London shows at The Barfly, Sebright Arms and Borderline.
Catfish And The Bottlemen are Van McCann (vocals & guitar), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums).
UK Live Dates:
5 July GLOUCESTERSHIRE Barn on The Farm
11 July LIVERPOOL X&Y Festival
12 July ABERSOCH Wakestock Festival
13 July KINROSS T In The Park
15 July MAGALUF Mallorca Rocks (supporting Jake Bugg)
16 July SAN ANTONIO Ibiza Rocks (supporting Jake Bugg)
18 July OXFORDSHIRE Truck Festival
19 July SOUTHWOLD Latitude Festival
20 July NORTH DEVON Somersault Festival
25 July SURREY Redfest
26 July NORTH YORKSHIRE Deer Shed Festival
27 July SHEFFIELD Tramlines Festival
1 August KENDAL Kendal Calling
2 August DERBYSHIRE Y Not Festival
8 August INVERNESS Belladrum Festival
9 August LEICESTERSHIRE Strawberry Fields Festival
10 August CORNWALL Boardmasters Festival
21 August BRIGHTON The Haunt
22 August READING Reading & Leeds Festival
23 August LEEDS Reading & Leeds Festival
29 August LODE Lodestar Festival
30 August BINGLEY Bingley Music Live