It was a good Wednesday for Van McCann and his merry band of Bottlemen yesterday: not only did the four-piece release a video clip for their new single ‘Soundcheck’, but they also scooped British Breakthrough Act at the big BRIT Awards bash at London’s The O2 last night. Fending off the challenge from the likes of Wolf Alice, James Bay and Years & Years to bag the honour, the award, which was based on who received the highest number of general public votes amongst those nominated, further validated claims that Catfish and The Bottlemen are becoming a rather serious proposition in British guitar music.
Not a bad 24 hours, then, for the Llandudno band. As they no doubt bask in the warm glow of triumph, perhaps it’s time that you checked out the ‘Soundcheck’ video. Shot entirely in black-and-white, it offers Catfish fans a glimpse into the band’s creative process: during the five-minute clip, we see Van reclining across two chairs, noodling on his guitar, while at another point the band are being served in-the-studio cocktails and smoking a hell of a lot of cigarettes (not that we’re advocating that, of course).
The video ends with the band actually carrying out a soundcheck, with the camera panning round to reveal the curious sight of the quartet playing to an otherwise empty venue – no doubt capturing the calm before the storm.
Check out the ‘Soundcheck’ video for yourself below.