Catfish and the Bottlemen The Balance

The Balance

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Released on April 26, 2019 by Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Main artist: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Some bands change and grow with each record. That's not the case with Catfish and the Bottlemen. Although they chose to work with a new producer for The Balance -- that'd be Jacknife Lee, who previously helmed albums for R.E.M., U2, and the Killers -- they don't expand their horizons, preferring to stick to the hyper-charged British indie they minted with their 2014 debut, The Balcony. Catfish and the Bottlemen remain indebted to U.K. rock from the early 2000s, particularly Arctic Monkeys, and if Van McCann doesn't possess the wit of Alex Turner, there nevertheless are charms to how he and his band adhere to the straight and narrow. Catfish and the Bottlemen can raise a ruckus, and Lee knows how to sharpen this sound so it can draw blood. He also can smooth some of their sharper edges so the more melodic numbers seem like they could fill an arena, a move that may underscore how the group is just slightly old-fashioned -- there just aren't that many rock bands who play on such a large scale in 2019 -- yet there's no denying that this is a tight, frills-free execution of Catfish and the Bottlemen's essence. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:35:02

  1. 1 Longshot

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

  2. 2 Fluctuate

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

  3. 3 2all

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  4. 4 Conversation

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  5. 5 Sidetrack

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  6. 6 Encore

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, Producer, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  7. 7 Basically

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  8. 8 Intermission

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom McFall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, Producer, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  9. 9 Mission

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom McFall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, Producer, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  10. 10 Coincide

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, Producer, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

  11. 11 Overlap

    Johnny Bond, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Silvey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacknife Lee, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Bishop, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Prior, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Hall, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Catfish and the Bottlemen, MainArtist - Van McCann, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benji Blakeway, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Borwick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : An Island Records Recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

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  • Some bands change and grow with each record. That's not the case with Catfish and the Bottlemen. Although they chose to work with a new producer for The Balance -- that'd be Jacknife Lee, who previously helmed albums for R.E.M., U2, and the Killers -- they don't expand their horizons, preferring to stick to the hyper-charged British indie they minted with their 2014 debut, The Balcony. Catfish and the Bottlemen remain indebted to U.K. rock from the early 2000s, particularly Arctic Monkeys, and if Van McCann doesn't possess the wit of Alex Turner, there nevertheless are charms to how he and his band adhere to the straight and narrow. Catfish and the Bottlemen can raise a ruckus, and Lee knows how to sharpen this sound so it can draw blood. He also can smooth some of their sharper edges so the more melodic numbers seem like they could fill an arena, a move that may underscore how the group is just slightly old-fashioned -- there just aren't that many rock bands who play on such a large scale in 2019 -- yet there's no denying that this is a tight, frills-free execution of Catfish and the Bottlemen's essence. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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