Catfish and the Bottlemen are the definition of a “do it yourself” band. Named after an Australian busker, the lads from Wales are finally starting to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Ryan “Van” McCann and his bandmates have earned every ounce of their success, playing in parking lots, sneaking burned CDs onto people’s windshields, and saying "yes" to every opportunity they’ve been offered. In 2014, their hard work finally paid off as their debut album, The Balcony
, was released on Island/Communion Records, eventually being certified gold in the U.K. Now hard at work on their follow-up record, Van and guitarist Benjamin “Benji” Blakeway spoke with SF Weekly
about sleeping in cars, David Letterman, and getting song ideas from your drunk dad.