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Catfish and the Bottlemen Want to Sell Out


. (Radio.com) Catfish and the Bottlemen's frontman Van McCann is a busy guy. Simply getting him on the phone is an arduous process, with his Welsh four-piece seemingly always rushing to catch a flight or play a gig. Even when we do connect, he is in the back of a car, whooshing his way to yet another promotional appearance. Things are just the way he likes them.

The band's debut LP, The Balcony, has just been released stateside, but is already a hit in the UK, peaking at No. 10 on the charts. Even with the band's single, 'Kathleen" starting to receive a big radio push in the U.S., McCann doesn't get held up on the disparity of their popularity across the pond. 'In our heads, we're blowing up in America," McCann tells Radio.com.

He notes that it took the band seven years to get where they are in the UK, and the band has only toured America twice, the current run continuing well into March and seeing major cities on both coasts. "We figure we are seven years ahead here," he says. 'It feels good coming from playing a 5,000 capacity event back home to playing 300 or 500 people here. Those are the sized venues we came up in, so it feels a bit like coming home."

Humble beginnings characterize the project. One of the first things listed on the band's Wikipedia is that McCann was an IVF baby, meaning that he was conceived in a test tube. This might seem trivial for a band's history, but it is something that McCann brings up unprovoked in discussion.

'It makes me feel lucky to be here," McCann says, 'or, luckier. I guess everything affects who we are and why we are that way and why we want to get massive and play stadiums. It's all this lust for life." Read more here.

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