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Catfish and the Bottlemen Drop Optimistic ‘Longshot’ Video, Announce U.S. Tour Dates & New Album ‘The Balance’

Catfish and the Bottlemen drop new music video and announce U.S. tour dates.

On Jan. 9, Catfish and the Bottlemen dropped their new song “Longshot,” the lead single from the group’s third album. And on Jan. 25, the British rock group revealed the LP’s title and release date: The Balance, due April 26.

The black-and-white visual for “Longshot” was directed by Jim Canty, and shows a bird’s-eye view of the rock band playing on an English cliff. With lyrics like “Every once in a while, the little things make me smile as if one of our longshots paid off” in the chorus, the track offers an optimistic view of things to come.

Frontman Van McCann talked about the meaning behing “Longshot” on Radio X, saying it’s about “taking a chance on something and it’s paid off big time.”


The Balance marks Catfish and the Bottlemen’s first set of new music since 2016, when they released The Ride, which peaked at No. 3 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The group worked with producer Jacknife Lee on the project, even living in the same place to create the album’s 11 tracks, which McCann said resulted in “the funniest album sessions we’ve done.”

Since releasing The Ride, the group has been steadily touring, with a U.K. arena tour starting next month. They also announced headlining U.S. tour dates for March and April. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 11. Pre-order The Balance here, and check out Catfish and the Bottlemen’s tour dates as well as the “Longshot” video below.

3/12 — Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
3/13 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
3/15 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues — Houston
3/16 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues — Dallas
3/18 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
3/19 — San Diego, CA @ House of Blues — San Diego
3/22 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
3/23 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fox Theatre
3/25 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
3/26 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
3/28 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
3/29 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
3/31 — Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
4/2 — Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
4/3 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel