Catfish & The Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen are four lads from Llandudno with explosive rock n roll songs that brim with energy and loud guitars. They formed in 2009 and haven't stopped gigging since.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 30 Apr 2012
  • min read
Singer and songwriter Van McCann pens tunes about everyday tales of love, lust and what happens when the lights go down. He is joined by Billy Bibby on guitar, Benji Blakeway on bass and drummer Rob ‘Dr Bob’ Hall.

The band formed in 2009 when Van, Billy Bibby, Benji and Bob started writing and playing locally, building a strong set and honing their live show until they were confident they could go out on the road and headline their own gigs.

Catfish and the Bottlemen aren’t ones to do things by halves; last year they played more than 100 shows in the UK and Europe. Bumping into Carl Barat in Germany, he invited them to play his weekly club Jubilee in London. They then played Chris Hawkins’ (BBC Radio 6 Music) club in Islington and kicked off 2012 with a sold out sweaty show at Club NME at Koko.

Along the way they’ve released a couple of singles, Bodies and Sidewinder. Their latest single Brokenarmy was released on 23 April, and the boys have been back on tour to celebrate.

Catch them next month at…
Manchester Ruby Lounge; 1 May
Preston Mad Ferret, 4 May
London Camden Crawl, 5 May
London Bull & Gate, 11 May
Liverpool Soundcity, 18 May
Chester Telford Warehouse, 25 May
Barnsley Chicago Rock, 30 May