Van McCann: ‘What Noel Gallagher said about working class bands resonates with me’

Catfish And The Bottlemen frontman discusses difficulties facing working class bands
Catfish And The Bottlemen have 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.”

Noel Gallagher had previously criticised the state of the current British music scene, stating: “Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, that’s 10 years ago now and shame on those two bands for a start because they didn’t inspire anybody else. The working classes have not got a voice any more, there doesn’t seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean?”


McCann responded that, although it’s harder for working class bands to make it, it’s not impossible. “What Noel Gallagher said resonates with me…” he said. “It’s hard, not many people would live in a van for seven years. We lived off five quid a day, you could buy a pack of fags and a burger a night – not many bands would do that any more. But if you want something enough, you’ll do it. It’s the same with anything. If you want to be a footballer, you kick a ball against a wall every single night, and the ones who go in and have their tea are the ones that don’t make it.”

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

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