Gig preview: Catfish and the Bottlemen at Leeds University Stylus

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Catfish and the Bottlemen have made a serious impact on the music industry in the UK, with their newly-released debut album gatecrashing the top 10 in September.

Wow247 spoke to the North Wales four-piece rock band’s lead singer Van McCann mid-tour to ask about how they did it, what their secret formula is, and to see what their plans are for the future, was only really the tip of the iceberg.

Not a lot of people know that they have been on the touring circuit and a band for the last seven years, and only are aware of the band’s recent success with Island Records, so we set out to find out what the band was all about.

“It’s been mad and busy over the last couple of months, really, it’s been that busy I haven’t been able to talk to my girlfriend properly or anything, so yeah it’s been mad busy, and a bit crazy at the moment, with the album coming out as well, everything has been on fifth gear.”

I wanted to know what had inspired McCann and the guys to write this absolute belter of a debut album – which is titled The Balcony.

“I grew up in this really small town, so I always wanted to make something of myself, and a lot of the tunes on the album are about wanting to escape this small town mentality and make something out of my life, make something special happen, if you know what I mean.

“I also adore The Streets as well, and love the way they write lyrics so they inspire me a lot as well, and my Dad, you know, when he comes in from the pub and pops out a one-liner, and I think, ‘Yep, I will have that!’”

Aside from musical inspirations and small town mentalities, Leeds music scene is still reeling from the closure of The Cockpit, and being as Catfish and the Bottlemen have played this city numerous times before, I was eager to gauge McCann’s feelings on the matter.

“It’s shut down? What a great venue! We played there a little while ago with Little Comets, and we were supposed to play there on this tour, but we have been moved to the Stylus now.

“It’s such a shame though because there wasn’t any other venue like that in Leeds.”

Catfish and the Bottlemen play at Leeds University Stylus on Sunday November 9, doors 7pm, sold out – returns only. http://catfishandthebottlemen.com/shows/

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