Catfish and the Bottlemen's unstoppable record

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 January 2016
Van McCann

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen have made their "headliner" album and think the record will be "unstoppable"

Catfish and the Bottlemen have made their "headliner" album.

The British rockers are following up their 2014 LP 'The Balcony' with a record that is "unstoppable" and frontman Van McCann thinks shows the band has come on leaps and bounds.

He said: "I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck. And this one's the headliner. There is no limit. It's unstoppable."

Van wrote the songs over one weekend and hit the studio with acclaimed producer Dave Sardy, who he hails as his "soulmate".

And he revealed the record is influenced by the band's experience in America and specifically Los Angeles.

He said: "The first song was Seven and I started like, 'Right, Dave, this one's about coming to America for the first time so I want it to sound like we're driving up the freeway in a cadillac, me and you are having a big smoke in the back, and then the bridge comes. Imagine Revolve by The Beatles and T.Re backing vocals."

And Van is confident one track 'Oxygen' will be a huge success, thanks to one line donated to him by Dale Norton from Broken Hands.

He told Q magazine: "It goes, 'Oxygen's overrated, I don't even need to breath.' I said, 'Gimme that, I'll make it a hit', so Dale gave it to me for my birthday, and I'll give him a royalty cheque in return. It's got Vodafone advert written all over it."

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