Catfish and the Bottlemen have unveiled their new video, which stars Ewan McGregor.
The six-minute video for new single ‘Hourglass’ came about after singer Van McCann cut up clips of McGregor’s films to the band’s song ‘Kathleen’ and sent it to the actor. McCann also posted a video on Transmitter entitled 10 Reasons Why I Love Ewan McGregor and sent him a series of tweets, while drummer Bob Hall played a tour with McGregor’s face on his drum skin.
On learning of the band’s interest, McGregor took Catfish And The Bottlemen out to breakfast in New York while the band were on tour in the US.
Speaking of McGregor’s appearance in the video, McCann said: “Working with Sir Ewan was one of the funnest things I think I’ll ever get to do. He’s the most interesting and interested guy I’ve ever met. He’s just fucking brilliant, a total gentleman. When people tell you not to meet the people you look up to, fuck that. Videos for us are hard, as we’ve got Austin Powers heads, but this was just a fucking class craic.”
McGregor is now a fan of the band, and McCann commented: “Ewan genuinely buzzes off the band and sends me photos of him listening to us before he walks onstage on his endless run of sold-out Broadway shows. And he likes my lyrics. Honestly, I love him. It all makes me laugh my head off.”
McGregor’s 19-year-old daughter Clara took the photo for the sleeve of ‘Hourglass’, which is released on June 22 and is the latest single from Catfish And The Bottlemen’s album ‘The Balcony’. McCann said: “Clara is a class-A photographer. The sleeve is a photo of me and Ewan.”
Catfish And The Bottlemen tour the US from June 1, before playing a series of festivals at Glastonbury, T In The Park, Longitude, Latitude, Boardmasters, Reading And Leeds Festival and Festival No 6. They also headline sold-out shows at London O2 Brixton Academy on November 6-7.