Radiant. The one word that comes to mind about this Welsh band’s new single, ‘Kathleen’ is radiant. Via Communion/Island Records, Catfish and the Bottlemen debut this gem on April 14th, but it wouldn’t be our style to make you wait that long. As one of the few American contributors at Vulture Hound, I get more and more excited about bands like these gents, strumming and smashing to an entirely different beat.

Let’s talk about Van McCann’s luscious voice for a minute. I really can’t help but fall madly in love with his melodies and vocal strains throughout the track. These guys have some serious moxie and one cannot deny their effortless cool attitude. (Seriously, though, have you seen these guys? Total babes). ‘Kathleen’s lyrics are relatable and unique, discussing the qualms of a feisty and erratic girlfriend, or lady friend, which everyone has in their life.

The early millennium tastes of Catfish and the Bottlemen have caught my attention and I am now thoroughly disappointed that they will only be playing shows in Europe beginning this May.

Catch them at one of these dates below:

3 May LEEDS Live at Leeds
6 May EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
9 May LEICESTER The Scholar Bar (Academy)
10 May BIRMINGHAM Institute, Temple
11 May OXFORD Academy 2
18 May GUILDFORD Boileroom
19 May SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
20 May LONDON Dingwalls
21 May CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
26 May NEWCASTLE Cluny
28 May WREXHAM Central Station
29 May DERBY The Victoria Inn
30 May YORK Duchess


Photo: Victoria Schofield