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Catfish and the Bottlemen. It’s an odd name for a band but they should, without a doubt, make you feel right at home. Catfish and the Bottlemen are a hot Welsh band that have an avid, growing UK fanbase but are not as well known in the US. The band first formed in 2007 but it was when Catfish were signed to Island Records in 2014 that they began reaping rewards. Since then they have two Top 10 Albums to their name (the latter reaching No.1 of the albums chart), a host of incredible songs and are now touring their new album to legions of fans over various locations. Without further ado here are 5 reasons why Catfish and the Bottlemen should be in your music library:
- Their lyrics are honest and realistic.
In an interview with ‘Mxdwn’, when lead singer Ryan Evan “Van” McCann was asked about his approach to writing lyrics, he said; “I’m never trying to be poetic with the lyrics. I tell it like it is. If I’m missing somebody, I don’t say, “Oh, I miss you baby. I wish I could drive off in the sunset in a Cadillac,” because that doesn’t happen. I’m just like, “I fucking miss you loads. I fancy you loads.” That’s how I write songs.” The band doesn’t dress up their subject matters and romanticise painful sensations such as missing loved ones. This realism hits home with any of their listeners who have had similar experiences and makes the band easier to relate to than artists who mask their meaning behind their glamorous lifestyles. -“I can’t relate to stuff in the charts; if you’re gonna sing about sex, sing about not having it.”- Van McCann.
- They’re 100% about the music.
It’s commonplace for artists in the modern musical landscape to use their music as a pawn to gain fame, and draw focus onto their personal lives, with their art coming second place. But Catfish and the Bottlemen have gained fame through hard work; playing at every gig they can get to until they made it to festivals like Glastonbury. Most importantly, in interviews Van McCann enjoys talking about his music, saying that it’s ‘ace to talk about my music all day’, rather than his relationships or personal life.
- Their songs have no auto-tune or computer-built sound.
Catfish and The Bottlemen are renowned for their guitar riffs—a far cry from standard chart bangers and reminiscent of bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks. Their songs are soulful, personal, more real tunes that make it impossible to neglect the need to turn your phone to full volume and scream the words— inspiring.
- Their live shows.
Owing to their lack of generated sounds, almost all their songs utilise the instruments that they have on stage with them, with no pre-recorded music. Consequently it makes for a set that will surely impress anyone lucky enough to see them. What’s more, their infectiously catchy songs will get everyone at the gig singing along with Van McCann, strangers united in their shared love for Catfish.
- It’s only the beginning.
Finally, with the band ascending in the charts and peoples’ hearts with equal measure, it will only be a matter of time before this exceptional group headlines Reading & Leeds Festival, gains popularity in the US and starts stacking numerous awards. So get out your headphones right now and start listening to your new favourite band!