Catfish and the Bottlemen are a Welsh rock band that formed in Llandudno, North Wales.
Van McCann was born in Australia from last-resort IVF treatment, and moved to Wales as a child. His parents ran a bed & breakfast and due to a lack of space he had to sleep in a linen closet. In 2010 he started a band with guitarist Bill Bibby, the elder brother of his best friend and bassist Benji Blakeway. The band began playing cover versions of The Beatles songs before composing their own songs at McCann's family home. They promoted themselves by playing in car parks before gigs by other artists including Kasabian.
The band signed to Communion Records in 2013 and released their first three singles "Homesick", "Rango" and "Pacifier" that year. In 2014 the band signed to Island Records and on 17 March released their next single "Kathleen", produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Adele). All the singles were premiered as Zane Lowe's "Hottest record in the world" and were playlisted on Radio 1. "Kathleen" ranked at number one on MTV's hottest tracks in April 2014.
In summer 2014, Catfish and the Bottlemen performed at more 30 festivals in the UK and Europe including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Kendal Calling, T in the Park, Tramlines, Ibiza Rocks, and Governors Ball in New York City.
On 19 June 2014, the band announced the release of their debut album The Balcony, which was released on 15 September 2014. Shortly afterwards the band also announced a UK tour. The album charted at No. 10 in the UK Albums Chart in the week ending 27 September 2014.
They won the BBC Introducing Award at the first BBC Music Awards in December 2014 and performed "Kathleen".
The Balcony was released in the US on 6 January 2015. The day after, they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman.
When reviewing The Balcony, Scott Kerr of AllMusic likened the band's sound to that of Johnny Marr, The Cribs, Feeder and Mystery Jets. According to Ben Homewood of NME, McCann's vocal style is similar to The Kooks' frontman Luke Pritchard.
Van McCann – Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar (2008–present)
Johnny 'Bondy' Bond – Lead Guitar (2014 – present)
Benji Blakeway – Bass Guitar (2008 – present)
Bob Hall – Drums (2010 – present)