Catfish and the Bottlemen perform in The Current studio

Catfish and the Bottlemen perform "7" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR/Nate Ryan)
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  • Catfish and the Bottlemen - Fallout (live on 89.3 The Current) 03:28
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen - Business (live on 89.3 The Current) 03:28
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen - 7 (live on 89.3 The Current) 04:18

Riding on of the wave of being named 2016's British Breakthrough Act, Van McCann and Bondy of Catfish and the Bottlemen traveled from their native Wales to the shores of the States to perform live in The Current studio ahead of their new album's release.

The Ride, out May 27 via Island Records, is Catfish and the Bottlemen's sophomore album. 2014's The Balcony was polished yet raw, in-your-face yet aloof. This time around, the band enlisted producer Dave Sardy — who's worked with acts from the Dandy Warhols to Oasis, a favorite of McCann — to bring a bigger, more pronounced feel to their music. Recorded in Los Angeles at Sardy's home studio, Catfish and the Bottlemen promise an album for the big leagues.

Lyrically, the album draws straight from McCann's personal relationships and conversations. "Do you know the way Paul McCartney could write a big tune and he might not necessarily know the girl he's singing about?" asks McCann. "I can't do that." So if you ever get McCann on the phone, don't be surprised if something you said winds up in the chorus of a chart-topping hit.

Songs Performed

"Fallout"
"Business"
"7"

"7" is off Catfish and the Bottlemen's forthcoming album, The Ride, out May 27, 2016 on Island Records. "Fallout" and "Business" are off their debut album, The Balcony, out now via Communion.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Mike DeMark
Web feature by Leah Garaas
Visuals by Nate Ryan

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    Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Bondy of Catfish and the Bottlemen performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Van McCann and Bondy of Catfish and the Bottlemen performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)