Biography: The most exciting new guitar band to break through in the UK this decade is Catfish and the Bottlemen. Their tightly honed melodic two-guitar rock draws from new wave, indie, garage, and grunge. 2014 debut album, ‘The Balcony’, written by “lithe and excitable” young front man Van McCann, has just been certified Platinum in the UK.
At the end of 2014, they were awarded Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Awards, and went on to feature prominently at many UK Festivals throughout the summer of 2015, then capping a whirlwind year with an extensive sold out tour of the UK. Over the Atlantic in USA they also didn’t stop. Touring consistently, they were announced as the number 1 new artist in USA by Billboard Magazine with single ‘Kathleen’ becoming a firm favorite at alternative radio.
2016 saw them carry on rising effortlessly where they left off the previous year, relentlessly touring both sides of the Atlantic. In UK, A summer of sold out open air shows in support of their Gold status second album “The Ride” was coupled with several visits to play Festivals and major cities Stateside. Having been voted Best New Band in the UK at the 2016 Brit Awards Catfish and the Bottlemen have certainly delivered and proved the voters were backing a winner.
The band completed an eight week fall tour of North America in late 2016 before returning to UK to play a short run of sold out Arena dates in Scotland, The Midlands and London. They begin 2017 with exciting tours of Australia, Japan and South America, and embark upon a major stadium tour of USA summer 2017 with Green Day.