Catfish and the Bottlemen just released their third album, The Balance and it's pretty similar to their last album, The Ride, and their album before that, The Balcony. The four-piece rock act from Wales hasn't grown or changed a lot since their inception but they still do well now what they did then; they write catchy pop rock songs that are just edgy enough to be declared as alternative rock.
NME calls Catfish the Big Mac of indie rock; meaning you know what you're getting. That's really the most accurate description of the band that anybody can come up with. Their song structures are all pretty routine and their lyrics are all pretty cut and dry. That said, if you want something melodic to rock out to that still has an indie flair, then Catfish is your band and this album will work fine. "Longshot" starts the album out right and it might be the most unique song on the record other than the stripped-down "Intermission" near the end of the album. Some other solid songs on the album include, "2all" a raucous sing-along arena-ready track, "Mission" a song that fits the same formula as "2all." Then, there's also "Encore" - a short song that showcases Van McCann's vocal a bit better than the rest of the album.
Look, Catfish's latest "The Balance" is what it is. It wasn't ever going to be groundbreaking, but that doesn't keep it from being good. There's enough here to keep fans who have been with the band the last five years or so happy and there are plenty of catchy songs to add to a set list. That's really all the band had to be after at this point.