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Baeble pulls up a chair with Catfish and The Bottlemen's Van McCann for a lighthearted conversation about his rather fab life, the origins of the band's infamous name, and British colloquialisms along the way, among other topics.

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I got misled, mistook, discard.
Anything that I said I'm not the type to call you up drunk, But I've got some lies to tell.
She hates her work but loves to flirt.
It's a shame, she don't work with me.
- I wouldn't even bother to talk about my music if it was interesting, we even talked about this the other day.
I would not even bother, I'd just lick his face then squeeze his ass and then lick it out.
There was a documentary when we got in and like the way he talks about his songs like he's almost like the voice-over guy for theater trailers and he's like "I wrote this song about my partner, I was really down and out" and you know like it got all this music in the background and it'd be cheesier with anybody else but the fact that you could probably kick anybody's ass saves him so.
But I only ever put out for you, You know it's obvious you don't try.
I got spotted in like Subway, you got Subway over here, oh, you started it, yeah, well, I got spotted in Subway the other day which is weird, oh, getting there.
Our gigs were getting spotted because people were coming to see us so you know they noticed so it's not like everyday life, it's like if we're playing a gig in say like Manchester and we're like walking around and people know us because they go into the gig that night you know so it's still kind of small really but it's just really exciting, it's really, really cool and people are just going a bit nuts and that's just, it's just great to kind of have people believe in us and stuff like that you know and they would respond to our music so well really.
But, I only ever put out for you, You know Its obvious you don't try - Well, in England I don't know about over here but if you leather something like if you leather a football you'd proper like kick it as hard as you can do you know what I mean so like you belt it or if you're in a fight and you leather someone, it's like a horrible expression but it's like you'd beaten them down.
- That is just like leather I just thought of quite a cool, like battle me with your lips do you know what I mean? I have always like write good songs so that's a good right one cause everyone's saying our songs aren't good enough so.
You give me problems And made me give in to you Her dealer hates me you know He used to see her but she sold - Like cause and you know we're a band before and anybody who had heard of us in the U.
K.
so it's like we gigged for 5 years before people even knew us so like when people are saying to us now, "You're just blowing up out of nowhere!" It's like the complete opposite, we have been like grafting it for ages so like to come, we come straight off like a U.
K.
tour which was like all sold out and it was amazing and then come over here and then like we played in D.
C.
to like 20 people I guess but it was great, it was like, it was kind of like knowing something that everybody else didn't because it was like starting again but with all the knowledge of being together for ages do you know what I mean so it's like to other people, it's like starting again but we feel like we're ahead of the game because we know what we're doing now, do you know what I mean? You can leather me with your lips - We have played in Scotland the other week and we got put up in this dead nice hotel and like we're from kind of nowhere like that so like when we turned up with all these guys that had suits on them, they're like "Come in" and they went into my room and they had like Mr.
McCann on TV and it was playing like Jazz music and stuff and added a swimming pool in it was just like mental and there was all these people like, I think girls went in there like in dresses, you know like dressed really nice to hopefully like to meet a celebrity or something like Kingslayer stayed in the same hotel and like I went into my room and I was just like "Fuck, this is amazing!" and like I could hear my mate in other room like going "Oh my God!" like screaming, I was in this room just going crazy and then we went downstairs and we met some other bands and we were like you know "How good is this place?" and they were like "It's all right" and I was like "You don't even know what it's like" because we worked so hard like from nowhere, we used to like steal everything and sleep in the van and like proper bums life and then to have that, it was just crazy and we ordered room service and he came up with a big trolley and I thought he was going to assassinate us just like a James Bond film just fucking ace, that was my most, that was my proudest moment because it felt like, it felt like to be able to do that again you know just from playing tunes and stuff, to never have had something like that and then to get it, like earn it you know, it's crazy so we just stayed up all night and just drank cocktails and pretended we were rock stars for a bit then Kingslayer came in and we went to bed.
When you say that you don't need me And you are nothing without me But Babe You know I've tried and failed But you just don't know how it feels to lose something you never had and never will - I think that's a good note to end on.
You mind doing a quick, little bumper? - Not at all, what's a bumper? Like drugs? You're trying to sell me drugs like a bum? - This is Van from Catfish and the Bottlemen you're watching Baeble Music or some variation of that to which this camera right here.
- This is Van from Catfish and the Bottlemen and this is my bumper for Baeble Music, sup man?

Artist Bio

Kathleen and the Other Three, the U.S. debut EP from fast-emerging Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen, is out now via Communion Records. The recording will act as a preview to their debut full-length album, expected 2015 (further details to come). Already beloved in the U.K., the four-piece is being hailed by Evening Standard for their "polished, energetic piece of work," while The Guardian praises their "surging riffs and energetically splayed choruses."

Kathleen and the Other Three was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) and Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) and recorded in London and Wales. Of the new music, front man Van McCan explains, "Were so excited to finally release something in the U.S. With this EP weve tried to put songs on it that grip instantly short but explosive, with relatable lyrics. It feels like we're starting from scratch again. No one knows us and that really excites me."

To celebrate the release the band just embarked on their first official stateside tour that includes a series of dates headlining Communions critically lauded club nights. Most recently they performed at Governors Ball and are also set to appear at Bonnaroo. Following these U.S. dates they will tour extensively throughout the U.K. and Europe with over 30 major festival appearances including Reading, Leeds and Strawberry Fields. Additionally, the band recently released a video for their latest single "Kathleen".

Catfish and the Bottlemen is Van McCann (vocals, guitar), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums). The band signed to Communion records in 2013 and made a splash onto the London music scene with their song "Pacifier".

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