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Vinyl Selection – May 2019


Catfish and the Bottlemen

British indie rock outfit Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in 2007 in Llandudno, Wales, with members moving to the seaside town from as far away as Sheffield and Newcastle to complete the line-up. Cheshire-born singer/songwriter Ryan Evan “Van” McCann started the band, naming it after a street busker, Catfish and the Bottlemen, who he saw perform while traveling with his parents in Australia as a child. Initially, the group featured guitarist Bill Bibby, bassist Benji Blakeway, and drummer Jon Barr. By 2010, Barr had left the group, replaced by Bob Hall. Pairing a staunch D.I.Y. ethic with a gritty, garage-laced sound, the Bottlemen gigged constantly throughout 2012 and 2013 before signing to Mumford & Sons bandmember Ben Lovett‘s Communion Records later that year. They released three singles on Communion before moving to Universal in 2014. After receiving a Best Newcomer Award from the BBC, they delivered their full-length debut, The Balcony, in September 2014. The album debuted at number ten on the U.K. charts, yielding the hit single “Kathleen.”





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