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Johnny "Bondy" Bond Announces Departure From Catfish And The Bottlemen

Thursday, 09 June 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Guitarist Johnny "Bondy" Bond has left Catfish And The Bottlemen.

The 32-year-old shared a statement via Instagram confirming that he left the band in 2021, ending speculation about the Welsh rock outfit's current status and line-up. He also explained the reason for his departure.

"After much deliberation, I originally parted ways with the remaining band in March 2021. Basically, I felt that I had no choice but to walk away because of circumstances that were beyond my control."

Bond continued: "I feel that both the professional and personal relationships had become entirely dysfunctional, and as well as behaviour constantly re-occurring that I found to be intolerable, as a band, we were not working in ways to which I agreed."

Bond revealed that he played four shows with the band in 2021 as a session guitarist, though he has had no further contact with the remaining members since then.

He added: "I assumed that the band would address the fans from an official and broader point of view about the departure of two long-term band members, although as far as I’m aware this has not happened."

Read the full statement here. Currently, it appears that Van McCann and Benji Blakeway are the remaining members, after drummer Bob Hall also left the group in 2021.

In May, Catfish And The Bottlemen pulled out of two huge Stereophonics shows at Cardiff's Principality Stadium that were due to take place later in June. In a post on the Stereophonics' social media, the band said that Catfish and the Bottlemen would no longer be performing "due to unforeseen practical issues." 

The slots will be filled by Feeder on June 17 and Gruff Rhys on June 18. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard will also be supporting on both dates.

Catfish And The Bottlemen's last album was 2019's 'The Balance'.

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