Catfish And The Bottlemen video exclusive: ‘Winning a BRIT is a game changer’

Catfish And The Bottlemen say that winning a BRIT Award will help the band achieve their aim of selling out stadiums.

Catfish And The Bottlemen have said that winning their first BRIT Award is a gamechanger for the band.

The Llandudno quartet won Best British Breakthrough Artist on Wednesday, despite releasing their album The Balcony in 2014 and having formed almost a decade ago.

In the BRITs press conference interview which can be seen above, singer Van McCann said: “We’re grateful to have won the award, because it changes the game for us. It’s good recognition for us, so we’re very excited to see what comes next. Saying that you’ve won a Brit makes a good sticker for our next

Guitarist Johnny Bond added: “It is weird to win the Breakthrough act, as this is our ninth year. But winning it is still awesome.”

The band released new single Soundcheck this week, the first taste of their second album due in spring. It’s been produced by Oasis producer Dave Sardy.

McCann said: “We’re trying to get the band as big as we can and get closer to playing stadiums. But we’re doing what we’ve always done since we started, and that’s to get as big as we can be.” The singer revealed that a full tour will be announced today, having revealed plans for a low-key five-date April tour starting at Glasgow Academy on April 4.

The band are also confirmed to appear at Y Not, Kendall Calling, Truck and Tramlines festivals.

Having previously won the BBC Introducing newcomers’ prize in 2014, McCann was asked how he intends to celebrate winning a Brit. He replied: “I’d like to hang out with Father John Misty. He seems a good guy. I’d like to get lost in his beard.”

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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