Meaning of “Longshot” by Catfish and the Bottlemen

“Longshot” is a song recorded by Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen. The song’s lyrics, which are very optimistic, talk about taking a chance on a relationship and being successful in the end.

During the band’s interview with the UK’s Radio X, lead vocalist Van McCann explained what the song means. According to him, it’s about a person, who knowing the risks involved in something, was courageous enough to take a chance on it. At the end of the day, the person ends up reaping a great reward for that.

Here are McCann’s exact words to Radio X with respect to the meaning of “Longshot”:

Van McCan on the meaning of "Longshot"

So in all, in this song, two people take a chance on venturing into a relationship. It was a longshot. However, it paid off big time. And now they are so glad that they took that action.

Lyrics of the song "Longshot"
In the chorus above, the narrator addresses his object of interest.

Facts about “Longshot”

  • The band’s frontman Van McCann wrote this song. According to him, he wrote it while visiting Australia.
  • “Longshot” was produced by the renowned Irish record producer Jacknife Lee. Some of the notable bands and artists Lee has worked with include U2, Robbie Williams, One Direction, Taylor Swift and R.E.M. Prior to this track, Lee had never worked with the Catfish and the Bottlemen.
  • The band released this optimistic track on January 8, 2019. The release not only made it the band’s first release in 2019, but also their first new music in roughly 3 years.
  • The official music video for “Longshot” was filmed in the English coastal town of South Shields. Director Jim Canty directed this clip.
  • Both video and song came out simultaneously.

Where was “Longshot” premiered?

On January 8, 2019, the song was premiered on BBC Radio 1’s the Future Sounds show hosted by Annie Mac.

On which album does “Longshot” appear?

It is the first single from the indie rock band’s third studio album. At the moment (January 10, 2019), both the album’s name and date of release are unknown.

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