CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN announce details of their new album, ‘The Ride’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:22

Catfish And The Bottlemen, winners of the Brit for Best British Breakthrough, unleash their much anticipated new album ‘The Ride’ May 27th on Island Records.




Written by Van McCann and produced by D Sardy, the album was recorded mostly in LA and features 11 bold new songs that verge on the anthemic. With explosive new single ‘Soundcheck’ already taking over the airwaves, Catfish and the Bottlemen are ready to make 2016 their year.


“I feel like everybody started thinking too outside the box trying to be arty and different.’ Says Van. ‘We wanted to stay inside the box. I always say if you can play it on an acoustic guitar and win over a bar or a kitchen even of rowdy people… then you’ve done it… that’s how I see song writing.’


The follow up to their 250,000 selling debut album ‘The Balcony’, pulls no punches. From start to finish ‘The Ride’ bursts with gutsy high-octane tracks, offset by the two mellow acoustic songs ‘Glasgow’ and ‘Heathrow’.


These songs were made to be played live.


Kicking off with ‘7’, already a fan favourite from the band’s live set last year, the album features songs about being together and songs about being apart as accentuated on the measured angst of ‘Twice’. Other highlights include anthem in waiting ‘Oxygen’ and the epic closer ‘Outside’, as well as current radio favourite ‘Soundcheck’.


Having made a name for themselves as one of the country’s most exciting bands to watch live, Catfish and the Bottlemen play the following shows in April - which sold out in an astonishing 4 minutes:



Mon 4th       GLASGOW, O2 Academy

Tues 5th         HALIFAX, Victoria Theatre

Fri 8th           SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion

Sat 9th           DONCASTER, Dome

Mon 11th         LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town

Tue 12th       BRIGHTON, Dome




The Ride Tracklisting:













Pre Order


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The artwork for ‘The Ride’ comes from long term Catfish and the Bottlemen collaborator, New York illustrator Tim Lahan, who also produced the cover art for their debut album ‘The Balcony’, and the singles taken from it.


Catfish and the Bottlemen play the following festivals and outdoor shows:



Sat 28th                       LIVERPOOL, Sound City


Sat 25th                       BRISTOL, Summer Series


Sat 2nd                       WREXHAM, Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium (supporting Stereophonics)

Fri 8th                           MANCHESTER, Sounds Of The City, Castlefield Bowl

Sat 9th                         PERTHSHIRE, T In The Park

Fri 15th                         OXFORDSHIRE, Truck Festival, Hill Farm

Sun 24th                     SHEFFIELD, Tramlines

Fri 29th                         LAKE DISTRICT, Kendal Calling

Sat 30th                       DERBYSHIRE, Y Not Festival


Fri 12th                         NEWQUAY, Boardmasters


Catfish and the Bottlemen are: Van McCann (vocals/guitar), Johnny Bond (guitar), Benji Blakeaway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums).