from Steve Lamacq (BBC)
Catfish And The Bottlemen are back with "The Ride"Their second album: Brimming with Oversized riffs and countless pop hooks, which is why the tracks accurately than hymns designate takes But let's start at the front of, at best perhaps by asking. How did Catfish And The Bottlemen managed to to play all the way up, even a quarter of a million units of their debut album "The Balcony"To sell? And also heard the BBC Award as Introducing Artist of the Year of the year 2014 collect - such as the way at the beginning of this year BRIT Award 2016 as Best Breakthrough Act?
A shorter answer is: concerts. Tours. And more tours. For them it's actually managed to take from the beginning with each of her shows a nerve - and to knock the audience literally. Your very first compositions, which should be around three years form the core of their acclaimed live shows were also so contagious, because it could be seen already after a few bars as truly set to music a view to their teenage existence. Peppered with lines that were so personal that they signaled: we want to let you, you ranlassen us - but they were at the same time open and ambiguous enough that the listeners could find himself in it. For this, the band had with Van McCann a front man who was just once in his element: Naughty and yet somehow humble, his relationship with the audience from the very beginning was unique because there seemed to be Absolutely no boundary between the band and the crowd. It's true: At the concerts of Catfish all had the feeling of belonging. Everyone in the room was part of the transition.
I myself have it now already experienced under four tours on stage: It started with just 31 spectators at the Academy 3 in Leicester in autumn 2013 - And finally, towards the end 2015, were's two sold-out nights in succession in the Brixton Academy. In between, I saw her performance in Joiners in Southampton, one of the most egregious concerts that I have ever experienced, and their gig at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. After the radio editors had discovered her songs for themselves, the auditoriums were initially always stuffy and full, then getting bigger - only her approach remained Over the years, exactly the same: Give everything. Always work on. To you and your songs Let it night after night it arrive. Say aloud what you make you - and pull it then also. For years she had for rehearsing and making plans. And then when it went off properly, Van was eventually visibly shocked before another packed arena (Stylus in Leeds) and just said: ".. Crazy completely this is thank you"
When they were finally selling out the two nights at Brixton Academy within FIVE minutes, Catfish And The Bottlemen already had a gold award for their debut album collected and completed further successful tours of Japan to USA. It was time to stop all the machinery and to see how far they had actually managed in the last few years. "So as I see it," McCann comes in: "The first (album) was in a way the support act, and the second, is to come, that's the headline."
The good news: Even this new album, the band mostly in Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy has recorded sounds to 100% by Catfish And The Bottlemen. The even better news: It however sounding even bigger, even more massive. Confident and focused. "I somehow feel that everyone wants always plenty to look far outside the box because they want to be absolutely avant-garde and arty and different We wanted nice stay with our plates in our bars. Are located but the other about such things their brains, "says McCann. "I always say: Play If you visit a Akustikklampfe and draw a bar or maybe just a kitchen full of slobs fOr you can, then ... well then you've done That's my definition of good songwriting and I'd.. not even be called an artist. I'm more of an amateur footballer who has a pretty decent singing voice. "
However, one who has already learned a few tricks and feints in recent years.
Among the tracks that expect on the new album, can be found, for example, a perfectly-arranged anxiety storm named "Twice", The first single"soundcheck"And the escapism appeal" Postpone ", where you can also find a Vans favorite lines of the new album:" When things are never looking up, we were Brought up not to notice. "
"I find that just this line brings us as a band somehow very succinctly," he says, to then throw the album highlight "Outside" another favorite in the round: "In the song there's a line, the sounds somehow after Elton John... only heavier. As a completely freaked, unlatched version of Elton John. "
"We never went there yes about music to reinvent the wheel. We wanted instead rather to show that the old bike but actually still super runs, perfectly round. I always wanted to achieve, that our music gives one the same feeling like an album of The Strokes: These positive kick and this good mood that you get every time you put on it. This is such a feeling ... well, you know then just that it is a good day. Or this wow factor of OasisMusic that blow your mind, no matter how big or how small the concert hall in which you can hear them. With everyday texts, such as Mike Skinner, where I talk about true stories, of things that have happened to me actually so and from people I have met. "
Which brings us to the lyrics, which ultimately weld together the second album of Catfish And The Bottlemen into one unit. "I can now times only via the write what I really experienced. I can only over the people write, standing in front of me. And ultimately I write my lyrics exactly for this man who stands in front of me. The music Although fOr made people who come to our concerts. But the story is in each case clearly addressed to a specific people. "
"Honestly, I never hear now on, think about the lyrics. Is almost an obsession of mine. I love the process easy, and when I take a pen in his hand, the things of me gushing out. If I, for example, entertain on the phone and I realize afterwards that there some funny places were talking, I just write about this conversation. it's that simple. "
Here, the album leaves roughly into two perspectives divided: Some of the songs are about being together, and then there is a part which is about to be away from each other. Perhaps hundreds, thousands of kilometers away. In fact, it sounds as if one half of this album came on the phone.
And that is such a feature of McCann: Also on this album he wrote without ever a leaf to take to her mouth without censoring himself to edit (and therefore he acts sometimes incredibly romantic, self-serving in the next moment, without it realizing it, and at one point even really blatantly jealous). And yet we know somehow not very much about him. Finally, one never meets him at any celebrity or pop star parties. "Well, to those things you go we just do not. I like that already, if someone recognizes me in the street and wants to do because of some songs, a photo with me. But it's not really important that you know my face . Just like Van Morrison, with whose music I finally grew up. The we went always just about the music itself. "
Music that still sounds stunning on the new album of the band, because apart from the two acoustic songs "Glasgow"And"Heathrow"So be a single. A perfect basis for the upcoming live shows and the next tour Round." "Could actually every track of" The Ride And where we are but now posted fOr ever bigger stages, we need exactly such songs with which one as a good figure. Actually it is like in the gym: Every time you take with the songs and bring them even better shape. simply Sets still weighs more. "
A striking picture is: For Catfish And The Bottlemen are actually in top form. In "The Ride" let their muscles properly.
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