Catfish and the Bottlemen’s third album, The Balance, will be out Friday, April 26 via Capitol Records. The album is now available for preorder now.
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 (U2, The Killers) 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 (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire).
“We loved living in the same place,” says McCann. “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.”
The eleven-track album features the new single “Longshot,” which has amassed over 6 million global streams since its January 8 release, as well as the live fan-favorite “Fluctuate.” Fans will be able to hear these new songs live on the band’s upcoming U.S. headline tour which kicks off March 12 and will hit the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on March 22 and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on April 3.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – U.S. TOUR DATES:
3/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
3/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
3/15 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Houston
3/16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Dallas
3/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
3/19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – San Diego
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
3/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fox Theatre
3/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
3/26 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
3/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
3/29 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
3/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
4/2 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
4/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel