Catfish And The Bottlemen – ‘Soundcheck’: First Listen

“I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner,” Van McCann has said about their soon-come second album, and its first single ‘Soundcheck’ certainly sounds like the mixing desk has turned off the volume limiters and fired up the pyro. Bigger, ballsier and defiantly top-of-the-bill, this heartening tale of a rising rocker giving up his philandering ways for The One – “I don’t act the way I used to,” McCann snarls like a repentant rock’n’roll sex lizard, “I wanted everything at once until you blew me out my mind… I raced through soundcheck just to meet you on your fag break” – rattles and pounds with arena-filling confidence, its country rock engines given a glossy britrock overhaul by producer Dave Sardy.

They’ve clearly been taking note as they make roaches out of the arena rock guidebook too, as the track breaks down midway through into a U2 canyon rock interlude then builds to the sort of semi-metal rock out that are purpose built for racing along ego ramps firing rockets out of your codpiece. One thing’s certain – they didn’t bottle it.