Catfish And The Bottlemen offer to write songs for Haim

Band offer ‘one of our spare middle-eights’ to bassist Este Haim

Catfish and the Bottlemen have revealed they’ve offered to write songs for Haim, after singer Van McCann met bassist Este Haim in Los Angeles.

The pair met after Catfish And The Bottlemen played at Los Angeles venue The Echo in October on their US tour. McCann told NME he has already finished writing his band’s second album, and that he offered additional songs from the writing sessions to Haim.

“I was talking about writing songs with Este,” said McCann. “Haim are writing their second album, so I told her: ‘I’ve just done mine, so you can have one of my spare middle-eights if you want. If you ever need a middle-eight, I’m your man.’”

McCann added that he has a bank of 150 fully-written unreleased songs and is interested in writing songs for other artists. “I’d love to write for other people,” said McCann. “If someone wants one of my songs, they’re welcome, especially if it means I can take my dad out for a nice steak every night of his life from the royalties. But I don’t want to associate our band with anyone else. I’d write a song for someone else partly because I’ll say yes to anything that sounds like a laugh.”

Catfish And The Bottlemen won the BBC Introducing Award for new talent at the inaugural BBC Music Awards earlier this month (December 11) after their debut album ‘The Balcony’ reached No 10 in the UK chart on its release in September.

McCann revealed that the freshly-written second album will be “more universal” following the Welsh four-piece’s US tour in the autumn. “All my lyrics are very northern, with colloquialisms about British culture,” said McCann. “When we played the US, I wondered if the crowds knew what I was singing about. I thought I needed to write songs that will resonate with everyone, as opposed to just working-class kids in Sheffield. So I started to write more universal songs.”

One of the new songs is called ‘Glasgow’ and was inspired by Catfish And The Bottlemen’s gig at Glasgow ABC2 in May. McCann said: “Something special went off that night. It’s an acoustic song about being drunk on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow and having to be propped up. If you played that one in America, they’d know what I was on about.”

McCann added: “I love being in love, and my best mate loves being alive. I’ve been trying to get inside his head and write songs about being alive. The new songs are more about everyone being in it together, as opposed to me and a girl going out for a drink.”

Catfish And The Bottlemen go on a 12-date tour of the UK and Ireland in March, including two nights at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. They will play:

Leeds O2 Academy (March 23)
Glasgow Barrowlands (24)
Newcastle O2 Academy (26)
Manchester O2 Academy (27)
Birmingham Institute (28)
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (March 31-April 1)
Bristol O2 Academy (3)
Sheffield O2 Academy (4)
Liverpool Guild Of Students (5)
Belfast Limelight (7)
Dublin Whelan’s (8)