Catfish & The Bottlemen: “We don’t write songs to get in the charts, we write songs to sell gig tickets!” (Q360 Preview)

Catfish & The Bottlemen: “We don’t write songs to get in the charts, we write songs to sell gig tickets!” (Q360 Preview)

catfishCatfish & The Bottlemen say they’re not bothered about the charts – it’s playing big gigs that drives them.

The Welsh band return with new album The Ride on 27 May, which they discuss with Q in our latest issue – on sale now in print and on digital.

Explaining his vision, frontman Van McCann tells Q’s Niall Doherty why he rebuffed producer Dave Sardy attempts to put synthesisers on their new record.

“He was putting this mad synth on it. I was like, ‘They are staying away from this album, Sardy!’” recalls McCann, explaining that the band were focused in the studio on making music that sounds massive outdoors.

“We don’t write songs to get in the charts, we write songs to sell tickets,” he declares. “I write songs thinking, ‘Can you imagine a sea of people bouncing?’”

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