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The Balcony
The Balcony Catfish and the Bottlemen.jpg
Studio album by Catfish and the Bottlemen
Released15 September 2014 (2014-09-15)
  • Alternative rock
  • indie rock
  • Island
  • Communion
ProducerJim Abbiss
Catfish and the Bottlemen chronology
Singles from The Balcony
  1. "Homesick"
    Released: 18 May 2013
  2. "Kathleen"
    Released: 18 March 2014
  3. "Cocoon"
    Released: 23 September 2014

The Balcony is the debut studio album by Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen. It was released on 15 September 2014 in the United Kingdom and 15 January 2015 in the United States. On 20 March 2015, The Balcony was awarded a Gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry. The album cover depicts outlines of two headless people pleasuring each other's genitals. The illustration is by New York artist Tim Lahan who originally posted it to his Flickr account in 2009 and was subsequently contacted by the band.[8]

The Balcony has been nominated for the Welsh Music Prize 2014–15.[9] As the band's second album The Ride was releasing, it was reported that The Balcony had sold 250,000 copies.[10] In the United States, the album has sold 37,000 copies as of April 2016.[11]


  • 1 Reception
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Trivia
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Charts
  • 6 Certifications
  • 7 References


Critical reception of the album was mixed, with review aggregator Metacritic giving it 52/100 based on 6 reviews.[1] Writing for AllMusic, Scott Kerr gave it three and a half stars out of five, saying that McCann's "weathered and assured vocals" gave an impression of a more experienced band and that Billy Bibby provided "grand Johnny Marr-inspired guitar hooks that are unapologetically catchy, gritty, and full of swagger".[2] Ben Homewood of NME was more critical, giving the album 4/10 for being "ham-fisted and about nine years too late" despite "unstoppable desire and conviction".[6] Tillie Elvrum of XS Noize rated the album 7/10, calling it "an incredibly polished debut album."[7]

Track listing

Words by Van McCann and music by Catfish and the Bottlemen


An edited version of their song "Cocoon" was featured in the EA Sports game, FIFA 15, as a part of the game's soundtrack.


  • Van McCann – vocals, guitar
  • Billy Bibby – guitar, backing vocals
  • Benji Blakeway – bass
  • Bob Hall – drums
  • Produced by Jim Abbiss
  • Engineered and mixed by Ian Dowling


  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for The Balcony". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Kerr, Scott. "The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Rivers, Joe (15 September 2014). "Catfish And The Bottlemen – The Balcony". Clash. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (11 September 2014). "Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony review, self-assured, if dated". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Marsh, Graeme (11 September 2014). "Catfish And The Bottlemen – The Balcony". MusicOMH. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Homewood, Ben (23 September 2014). "Catfish & The Bottlemen – 'The Balcony'". NME. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Elvrum, Tillie. "Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony". Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "CATFISH COAST TO COAST: A photo tour across America with CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN PT 5 - Catfish Coast to Coast is five cities, five photographers, five favorite shots, and five questions documenting each photographer's impressions of the event". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  9. ^ "Wales Music Prize shortlist for 2014-15 unveiled". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (26 May 2016). "Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Ride review – crushingly prosaic indie rock". Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (31 January 2015). "ARIA Albums: Taylor Swift 1989 Spends 8th Week On Top". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Catfish & the Bottlemen | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Catfish and the Bottlemen – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Catfish and the Bottlemen. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Catfish and the Bottlemen – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Catfish and the Bottlemen. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Catfish and the Bottlemen – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for Catfish and the Bottlemen. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Catfish and the Bottlemen – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Catfish and the Bottlemen. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Catfish and the Bottlemen album – The Ride". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 March 2015.  Enter The Ride in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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