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Hot New Band Q&A: Catfish and The Bottlemen

They are from Wales, they are young, energetic, open minded and mostly they make some cracking and fresh rock’n’roll music.

Catfish and The Bottlemen are the new IT band. Their new single Brokenarmy has been selling fast and its first 50 copies signed by the band sold out in a day an a half!

At the moment the guys are taking the UK by storm with their live shows and for sure they’re about to gain many followers on the way.

Lead singer Van McCann has found some time to answer my questions to give us an idea of what Catfish and The Bottlemen are all about.

How do you guys know each other and what made you start a band?

Me, Blakes, and Whittle knew each other from school.  They were a few years above me and I used to wag a few lessons and go write tunes with them. Dr.Bob came through Blakes. Blakes is really into yoga, which I know is weird for a “rockstar”, but he says it helps him sleep haha. Dr.Bobs mum was the yoga teacher and Blakes mentioned to her he was starting a band and needed a drummer. She mentioned he drums, then BAM! Here we are. We started the band for the money, obviously! haha. Naaaa, we all love music and love writing it, so we just tried it and people seemed to dig it, so we’ve just not stopped.

Describe your music in a few words.

Explosive, Energetic & Elephant.

Who writes the lyrics and what is your main inspiration while writing?

I write the words. To be honest my main inspiration are people and the stories they’ve got. Ever since I was little I loved hearing stories about my family and stuff. I always pick a few good songs on the road. The company in which I’m with is pretty exciting haha. Whittle and Bob are always getting up to no good so being out of the house and stuck on the road with them monkeys helps. In terms of music, I only know 3 chords so I just rip everyone off and change the titles haha.

What kind of music do you listen to and are there any specific artists/bands you look up to?

To be honest we’re all into older stuff like Van Morrison, Dylan and Elvis; stuff like that. But the only person I’ve ever been in awe of is Stephen Fretwell. I think he’s a genuis, he’s like a modern Dylan. I met him last year and I just froze up like an idiot. It was weird. It never happened to me before that. My dad’s quite inspiring too. He says a lot of one-liners when he’s drunk and trying to get all deep. That I use and chuck into songs haha.

What are your hopes for the future? (What would you like to achieve as a band?)

We just want to keep getting bigger and bigger. Moving up on the scene. Get a bigger van, get longer hair. All the important stuff really.

You have many UK shows going on at the moment. How are you enjoying the tour and what is the best and the worst part of it?

Yeah, 22 I think it is now? Being on tour is amazing, love it! When we get home, all we do is fight. Off-tour-blues. We hate it. But the tour’s just kicking off, we play our 2nd show Friday night in Derby so we’ve not got much to write home about yet…

What can people expect from one of your live shows?

Its exciting. We’re really passionate about the tunes and apparently that comes across on stage. I just think it’s something fresh. We’re not doing anything unusual or trying to create something out of this world. We’re just four lads with guitars and drums playing rock n roll music. We’re just putting a fresh spin on the older stuff. The tunes are good though, so if you come see us I think you’ll like the tunes. Our drummer’s good too.

Your new single ‘Brokenarmy’ is available now and it’s doing really well! Any plans for a full album?

We’re not too sure yet. We’ve got a load of songs, in terms of albums we’ve finished our 3rd already. But we don’t want our debut to be something that goes un-noticed, so we’re just waiting for someone to take a risk on us and throw a huge wod of cash up our little Welsh asses. Then we’ll stick it out to the world. I think the Japanese will love it though. They seem to be well into the new single haha.

You can order the band’s new single ‘Brokenarmy’ on their website  Catfishandthebottlemen.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

New Music Video! fiN – Twenty Three

And here we have a new mind blowing and energy packed video from the one and only => fiN.

The guys surely know how to make stunning guitar tracks and excellent videos. Their sound is always spot on and each time they bring something different and exciting to their dedicated fans. fiN simply has it.

Their single launch party for Twenty Three/Eve is happening on 18th of April in London at the Bush Hall, which I am once again attending.

It’s going to be one hell of a rock and roll night as their support act is another rocktastic band –  Whales in Cubicles!


Tribes and Their Debut Album ‘Baby’

Tribes. Finally a band that’s bringing some fine rock’n’roll sound back on the UK music scene.

Four guys from Camden Town, Johnny Lloyd (vocals, guitar), Dan White (guitar), Miguel Demelo (drums) and Jim Cratchley (bass) released their debut album Baby just over a week ago, the 16th of January.

I’ve been listening to the album for the past few days and it just gets better and better…

There is not enough rock’n’roll on the radio these days. Well, hardly any and that’s sad, I know.

But these guys seem to be getting some lovin’ from NME and Radio One’s Zane Lowe who named their debut single ‘We Were Children’ Hottest Record in The World. 

They supported The Kooks and Kaiser Chiefs on tour last year and also did their own UK headline tour.

They are about to play at the NME Awards Tour 2012 in February together with Azealia Banks, Metronomy and Two Door Cinema Club. Soon they will be announcing their ‘Baby’ headline tour in April!

Would be great to see them live, don’t you think?

You can subscribe to their Facebook page Tribesband or follow them on twitter @tribesband to find out about the dates!

Influenced by Nirvana and Pixies, you can certainly feel it on the album.

They’ve got you with the first track ‘Whenever’ which starts with a cool guitar tune.

And there is a lot of cool guitar tunes…

You can let your rock’n’roll spirit enjoy tracks like ‘We Were Children’, ‘Corner of an English Sound’ (my personal favourite) or ‘Walking in the Street’ and let your hair down with ‘Sapho’ and ‘When My Day Comes’. Just blast it out on your stereo at home or in your car!

Then chill out with the slower ‘Halfway Home’, ‘Himalaya’ or ‘Nightdriving’. Those will fill your heart with great melodies and a vocal full of soul from the lead singer Johnny Lloyd.

Final two songs ‘Alone or with Friends’ and ‘Bad Apple’ will leave you longing for more and you will want to play the whole thing again! 🙂

For me, there’s not one bad song on this album.

You can buy the album on Itunes or Amazon!

Rock on! 😉