Catfish and the Bottlemen Perform Kanye West + Kasabian Mash-Up
Catfish and the Bottlemen are the new kids on the block, but they've been quickly growing a major following and garnering praise with their debut LP, 'The Balcony,' which dropped via Communion Records last month.
The burgeoning popularity earned them an invite to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge where they performed their single, 'Kathleen,' as well as an interestingly crafted mash-up composed of Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' and 'Shoot the Runner' by Kasabian. With two seemingly different tracks, one might think they've been working on perfecting this cover for a while. Actually, it's the exact opposite.
"We gave it a good three run-throughs," frontman Van McCann said, "and we had one smash at it last night. So yeah, we'll go for it. Yeah, I'm pretty confident. We'll be all right."
While the tracks are obviously different, the guys do have a way of flowing them together without a hitch. Their version of 'Black Skinhead' gets a makeover with the help of a distorted acoustic guitar, bringing in a twang that we clearly don't hear in the original. And McCann does a great job on the vocals -- and he actually sings the verses.
Catfish and the Bottlemen reveal that they're not strangers to covers and like to experiment -- no matter how it turns out.
"Everything reminds us of everything else so we'll just pop them out," McCann admitted. "But if it does come out wrong, we just remember we're just four young lads trying to make our way in life. So just give us a minute."
Catch the full performance above, and then compare it to Kanye West's original 'Black Skinhead' below: