Catfish And The Bottlemen: ‘We don’t care if people don’t like it’

Frontman Van McCann says band are 'straightforward'

Catfish and the Bottlemen singer Van McCann has brushed off any negative comments towards the band.

“We’re straightforward,” the 22 year-old singer told The Guardian. “We don’t care if people don’t like it.”

“We’re resonating with young people because no one else is doing the big guitars and chorus thing,” he continued, explaining Catfish And The Bottlemen gigs were full of “40-year old men who tell me: ‘I’ve been waiting for a band like yours since Oasis.'”

Uninspired by music in the charts, McCann explained how his lyrics were tales of life growing up in his Welsh home town Llandudno.

He said: “You meet a girl, your best mate kisses her and you have a fight, then you meet her sister. Everyone in Llandudno has those sort of stories. They’re not all about me. I can’t relate to stuff in the charts; if you’re gonna sing about sex, sing about not having it.”

Catfish And The Bottlemen recently responded to Noel Gallagher’s remarks that Britain is lacking in working class bands.

Asked if bands from a poorer background have a harder time, Frontman Van McCann told NME: “I don’t know. I only know one way of doing it. We were together eight years, we lived in a van for seven of those years. We played every single venue up and down the country, whether it was to 10 people or a hundred people or a thousand people.”

Catfish And The Bottlemen will play two nights at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on November 6-7.