~The Balance ~
Catfish and The Bottlemen’s third album will be titled ‘The Balance’, set for release on Friday 26th April 2019.
In a rush of confirmations following the successful release of new single, Longshot, earlier this month, it’s now known that the new album release will be closely followed by a run of live shows across UK and Europe this Spring.
New songs from the 11-track album will feature in a 12-show run that kicks off in Galway, the Republic of Ireland. The newly announced arena dates throughout the UK will offer disappointed fans, who missed out on their imminent and SOLD OUT arena dates this February, another chance to score tickets. The full list of freshly booked dates is as follows:
28th Apr – Galway, Leisureland
30th Apr – Dublin, The Olympia Theatre
2nd May – Brighton, Brighton Centre
4th May – Coventry, Ericsson Indoor Arena
5th May – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
7th May – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
8th May – Manchester, Manchester Arena
13th May – Madrid, La Riviera
14th May 2019 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
16th May – Milan, Alcatraz
18th May – Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt
20th May – Amsterdam, Melkweg
The guarded four-piece remained tight-lipped during the recording sessions for their new album, but now offer further insights into the new material set to soundtrack their journey onto yet bigger stages.
In the breaks between electrifying outdoor and festival shows in 2018, Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ‘Bob’ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) retreated with Irish producer, Jacknife Lee, to carefully craft The Balance over a 12-month period. Recorded in seclusion at two locations: Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire, the band lived and breathed the album while residing together in rural isolation. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey.
“We loved living in the same place, we were staying there the whole time, so we were waking up around each other and working until we needed to go to bed. Jacknife was always up, he was the first up and the last awake. It’s good when you’re completely engulfed in recording in a place like that, living together, because every day and all day it was about the songs. We had fun too; they were the funniest album sessions we’ve done.”
In addition to Longshot and newly established live favourite Fluctuate, the full track listing for ‘The Balance’ confirmed as follows:
Further to the album name and familiar, one-word song titling, the creative bridge between 2014’s platinum-certified debut, The Balcony and its gold follow up, The Ride, has been reinforced by Catfish returning to San Francisco-based, graphic artist, Tim Lahan to provide cover artwork for a third time. The playful, monochromatic line drawing of a drinking toucan provides observers with no shortage of mystery to unravel as to the artwork’s inspirations and significance.
Practically of no fixed abode due to constant touring, the band remains locked onto the intense shared live experience as theirs and their fans’ natural domain. Quick to reaffirm this profound connection with their audience this year, Catfish and The Bottlemen’s first batch of SOLD OUT 2019 UK and Ireland Tour dates go ahead as follows:
19th Feb – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena – SOLD OUT
20th Feb – Plymouth, Pavilions – SOLD OUT
22nd Feb 2019 – London, The SSE Arena, Wembley – SOLD OUT
23rd Feb – Hull, Bonus Arena – SOLD OUT
26th Feb – Dublin, The Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
27th Feb – Belfast, Ulster Hall – SOLD OUT