Release Date: Apr 26, 2019
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Some bands change and grow with each record. That's not the case with Catfish and the Bottlemen. Although they chose to work with a new producer for The Balance -- that'd be Jacknife Lee, who previously helmed albums for R.E.M., U2, and the Killers -- they don't expand their horizons, preferring to stick to the hyper-charged British indie they minted with their 2014 debut, The Balcony.
The Llandudno four-piece stick to the script with this assured third album of solid indie rock tunes. As they put it themselves: "Nothing's really changed" A McDonalds' meal is, for many, satisfying and delicious. It's reliable, you know? You know what you're getting. There are people who'll tell you Llandudno four-piece Catfish & The Bottlemen are the Big Mac of indie rock, though they're perhaps a cut above that - a Five Guys, or something.