The second track has been released from Catfish And The Bottlemen’s forthcoming third album, ‘The Balance’. ‘Fluctuate’ was played on air for the very first time by long-time supporter, Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show. An established live favourite, despite remaining unreleased until now, ‘Fluctuate’ has been made instantly available to fans via album pre-orders.
A further example of what lies ahead for fans awaiting the new album, ‘The Balance’, which is set for release on Fri 26 April 2019 via Island Records, ‘Fluctuate’ follows New Year single release, ‘Longshot’, which scored Catfish their highest UK singles chart placing to date and achieved over 2.3million streams in its first week alone.
Together with a string of sold out arena dates, the wild reception to Catfish’s first new music since 2016’s gold-certified, ‘The Ride’, brings renewed attention to the phenomena of the band’s unassailable ascent in the company of a youthful, ever-growing family of fans.
First to hear ‘Fluctuate’ was the army of 15,000 fans packed into Spillers Wharf, Newcastle for Catfish And The Bottlemen’s headline performance in May 2018, with the song reappearing during full-to-capacity, outdoor summer shows at Cardiff Castle and Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, each time greeted by committed audiences singing every word. Fans able to grab tickets for imminent arena dates can expect to experience more tracks from ‘The Balance’ ahead of its release.
“When I’m writing a new song, the audience is all I really see. I get a vision of them in my head before I properly hear the melody or anything like that,” explains front man, Van McCann. “If we put three or four of these songs in the set, it’s going to be so strong. This run of shows we have coming up is just perfect timing, getting the chance to play new songs that go hand in hand with a wild night out.”
The full list of confirmed Catfish and The Bottlemen UK, Ireland, and European tour dates are
Tue 19 Feb 2019 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena – SOLD OUT
Wed 20 Feb 2019 Plymouth, Pavilions – SOLD OUT
Fri 22 Feb 2019 London, The SSE Arena, Wembley – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Feb 2019 Hull, Bonus Arena – SOLD OUT
Tue 26 Feb 2019 Dublin, The Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
Wed 27 Feb 2019 Belfast, Ulster Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun 28 Apr 2019 Galway, Leisureland
Tue 30 Apr 2019 Dublin, The Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu 2 May 2019 Brighton, Brighton Centre
Sat 4 May 2019 Coventry, Ericsson Indoor Arena
Sun 5 May 2019 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena – SOLD OUT
Tue 7 May 2019 Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
Wed 8 May 2019 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Mon 13 May 2019 Madrid, La Riviera
Tue 14 May 2019 Barcelona, Razzmatazz
Thu 16 May 2019 Milan, Alcatraz
Sat 18 May 2019 Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt
Mon 20 May 2019 Amsterdam, Melkweg
At the beginning of 2019 Catfish And The Bottlemen also announced their first return to the USA since their nationwide stadium jaunt with Green Day finished in the autumn of 2017, with a new, 15-date US tour opening in Indianapolis in mid-March.
In the breaks between their electrifying outdoor and festival shows, McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ‘Bob’ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) recorded ‘The Balance’ over a 12-month period in the company of Irish producer, Jacknife Lee. It was recorded in two secluded studios: Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey.
Pre-order and ticket information is available through their website.