CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN ‘PACIFER’: “I HAVE A WEIRD VIEW ON DEATH”
Catfish And The Bottlemen share ‘Pacifier'(out December 9 through Communion Records).
This new track by the exceptionally tight guitar band from North Wales, it was lyrically inspired by a friend of frontman Van McCann who lost her mother at the age of 13.
Van explains: ‘I have a weird view on death, where I just shut it out and move on quick, don’t think about it because it’s inevitable. She was trying to get it through to me that there’s more to it than my experience, and that I’d never know how it felt, because it won’t ever happen to me’. He was born in Llandudo, North Wales, as a test tube baby to free-minded parents, Van spent his early years travelling around Australia by car, and still struggles to recall his birthplace – “Where was I born? Cheshire? Cheshire”.
Once back in the less expansive environs of Llandudno, McCann came into the orbit of future bandmates Billy Bibby (guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums) at school, from where he was soon expelled due to prolonged absences.
The 4 piece have a rehearsal space in the B&B run by McCann’s parents, and drift nomadically in and out of vacant rooms when back in town…
17 October CARDIFF SWN Festival
18 October SHEFFIELD Plug
19 October LIVERPOOL Korova
21 October YORK Duchess
22 October BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
24 October COLCHESTER Essex University Student Union
27 October NOTTINGHAM Bodega
28 October BRISTOL Louisiana
29 October EXETER Cavern
30 October BRIGHTON Prince Albert
Photo by Victoria-Schofield.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN Q&A: “OUR ROADIES ARE OUR BEST FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL”