“Catfish and the Bottlemen” is an indie rock band, formed in 2007 in Llandudno, Wales. The participants came to this seaside town from Sheffield and Newcastle to create a really good lineup. The singer and songwriter Van McCann originally formed the group with Bill Bibby (guitar) and Benji Blakeway (bass), Bob Hall (drums) joined the band later.
About Catfish and the Bottlemen
Members and Formation of the Group
Ryan Evan “Van” McCann originated from Cheshire, UK , but went to Australia as a kid for a short period of time. Benji Blakeway came from Llandudno. Ryan Evan and Billy Bibby started playing the guitar at Billy's parents’ home, a B&B in Llandudno together. The boys promoted their duet playing at car parking after the concerts of other artists’, comprising such groups as “Kasabian”. The current members of the band are Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, Benjamin “Benji” Blakeway, Robert “Sideshow Bob” Hall, Johnny “Bondy” Bond.
Beginning of Creativity
They issued 3 singles on Communion, after which moved to Universal (2014). Upon getting a Best Newcomer Award from the BBC, they presented their full-length debut disk “The Balcony” (2014). The album appeared at Top 10 on the U.K. charts, thanks to the hit “Kathleen.”
Awards and Touring
Alongside with their intensive touring, the band spent part of the year 2015 in Los Angeles creating their new album. A BRIT Award nomination (2016) occurred simultaneously with issuing of “Soundcheck,” the first track from the group’s sophomore LP.
Touring across the UK, Europe, North America, and Australia, they performed at a range of festivals comprising Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Reading Latitude and Leeds, T in the Park, and Bonnaroo. They received their first Brit Award for British Breakthrough act in 2016.
“Catfish and the Bottlemen” has issued two studio albums up to date. On 27 May 2016, they let out their 2nd disk “The Ride”.