FEW acts have dotted the circuit on home and foreign soil in the past couple of years as relentlessly as Catfish And The Bottlemen; riding the wave of their hugely successful 2014 debut The Balcony and establishing themselves as one of the most popular indie acts around.
Their rapid rise to the top of the trade will throw up its second installment on 27th May 2016, when Van McCann and co. release The Ride; hoping to swerve successfully around the tricky sophomore syndrome that has seen many similar acts before them wither from earlier acclaim.
With the band’s confidence flowing, they release the second single from their new album this week. 7 shows the lads – who have amassed an army of followers on the strength of wild gigs and three-chord anthems – in a slower, more reflective state. McCann’s lyrics suggest a pine for getting away from it all, frequently referencing ‘trouble sleeping’ and a want to disappear for days.
Not a radical departure from the theme we may have expected, given his recent hectic schedule. The roots of it all remain largely unchanged. It’s still guitar-heavy, catchy and boasts a distinct anthemic chorus as we’ve come to associate Catfish with.
They are a band growing in stature and maturity; showing no signs of the wheels coming off just yet. Catfish And The Bottlemen are currently rounding off a UK tour before a busy Summer of festivals beckon, including T In The Park and Benicassim. The Ride is available to pre-order now. Listen to the track below: