If you’re looking for new rock tunes to check out this week, I’d highly recommend Catfish and the Bottlemen’s “7.” Catfish has been playing the song in acoustic sets for radio stations for the last several weeks, but the song finally had it’s official release last week on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Catfish and the Bottlemen are releasing their sophomore album The Ride on May 27. The guys have been nonstop touring since the release of their first album The Balcony—I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice—and the lyrics and production on “7” speak to the growing up they’ve done since writing their first album (much of which had been written by Van McCann as early as the age of 14). The lead singles from The Ride live in the present day. There is no ruminating or lamenting on their prior circumstances, but rather a confrontation of their current situation.
“7” recounts the struggle of touring while maintaining a relationship. “Soundcheck,” their lead single from The Ride, was about the allure of a hot girl in the audience. “7” is about the relationship that predated.
Promise again that I would call her
Forget the time because I’m 7 hours behind
It’s probably good I didn’t call though but I always want to…
The late-nights and grind of loving someone who is thousands of miles away. The constant repetition of waiting for a call. The magnetism of the open road and flashing lights of the main stage. While the demands of life on the road aren’t necessarily universal, Catfish and the Bottlemen succeed in writing a song that connects. Van’s longing for freedom and, ultimately, independence despite but I always want to is frank and heartbreaking.
I’d beg you but you know I’m never home
I’d love you but I need another year alone…