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BRIT-Winning Catfish And The Bottlemen Are Back

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Catfish and the Bottlemen, who rounded off their hugely successful emergence by winning the BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough last month, will release their second album The Ride on Island on 27 May.

It’s the follow-up to their debut set The Balcony, which now has sales of 250,000 and is still just outside the UK top 40 after 75 weeks on the chart. The new album was written by Van McCann, produced by D. Sardy and recorded chiefly in Los Angeles. It includes the single and current airplay hit ‘Soundcheck,’ for which you can watch the video here. It was directed by Malia James of Los Angeles punk-pop band the Dum Dum Girls, and shot in the Bottlemen’s signature black and white:

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“I feel like everybody started thinking too outside the box trying to be arty and different,” says McCann. ‘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.’

Catfish and the Bottlemen play the following half-dozen shows, which sold out in precisely four minutes, in April:

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 track listing for The Ride is as follows:

1. ‘7’
2. ‘Twice’
3. ‘Soundcheck’
4. ‘Postpone’
5. ‘Anything’
6.  ‘Glasgow’
7.  ‘Oxygen’
8. ‘Emily’
9.  ‘Red’
10. ‘Heathrow’
11. ‘Outside’

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