Van and the boys tell us what's on their stereo after soundcheck
Andrew Trendell

13:24 18th May 2016

There's something special about the energy of Catfish + The Bottlemen that's captured the imagination of so many. It's probably that balance in making the ordinary seem extraordinary, by exploding kitchen sink melodrama onto such a grand scale of arena ready anthemics. They're a band that need to seen live to really capture their essence. 

But being such an arresting live band isn't easy. They've got great songs at their foundation, but what do they listen to while on the road to get them in the mood to blow the roof off these increasingly largely venues?

As their UK tour rolls in ahead of the release of their huge second album The Ride on 27 May, we asked the boys what they've been listening to on the bus and after soundcheck. It's refreshingly classy and eclectic mix, to say the least... 

Adrian Belew – '1967'

Jimmy Buffet - 'Margaritaville'

Shintaro Sakamoto - 'My Memories Fade'

Pierre Cavalli - 'Un Soir Chez Norris'

Pastor T. L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - 'Like A Ship Without A Sail'

Todd Rundgren - 'Cold Morning Light'

Damien Jurado - 'Silver Timothy'

Joe Walsh - 'Life's Been Good'

The Lilys - 'Better Can't Make Your Life Better'

The Flamingos - 'I Only Have Eyes For You'

Mazzy Star - 'Common Burn'

Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra - 'Ladybird'

Ricky Nelson - 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'

Canyons - 'My Rescue'

Linda Lyndell - 'What A Man'

Jefferson Starship - 'Jane'

Black Moth Super Rainbow - 'Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise'

Phoenix - 'Victim Of Crime'

Photay - 'Reconstruct'

Felice Brothers - 'Roll on Arte'

See Catfish + The Bottlemen's remaining UK tour dates below. For tickets and more information, visit here

Fri May 20 2016 - MARGATE Winter Gardens
Sat May 21 2016 - NORTHAMPTON Royal and Derngate
Sat June 25 2016 - BRISTOL Lloyds Amphitheatre
Fri July 08 2016 - MANCHESTER Castlefield Bowl

Photo: WENN