Critically-acclaimed Glaswegians Catholic Action were a breath of fresh air when they dropped their effervescent debut ‘In Memory Of’ back in 2017. As you could see from the floral and musical adornments on the sleeve, the record was a monument to guitar rock and glitzy glam while retaining a DIY spirit. Look at the cover of the band’s upcoming follow-up record, ‘Celebrated By Strangers’, and you’ll a similar aesthetic – albeit more focussed, refined, and highly evolved. Synths, guitars, and studio gear tidily sit towering amid foliage. Behind the artwork is a record where instinct and the masterful control of one’s surroundings exist in the same unison. It’s much more than just pop, it’s a record of defiance.
While work on ‘Celebrated By Strangers’ started before ‘In Memory Of’ was even released, frontman, guitarist and producer Chris McCrory admits that the songs are born from a “completely different place”.
“I didn’t want to make something really disposable,” says McCrory. “With this album I wanted to embrace the studio as an instrument. To me, it totally makes sense why people don’t buy guitar music because it’s so safe. Everyone is encouraged to keep it safe too. But despite the weight of guitar music’s history and its current status, I think there’s a lot of joy still to be had in it – especially if you embrace its current standing and turn the disadvantage on its head.”
“We’re an indie band and we play actual songs, but we never set out to do all that glossy, screaming teenage girls nonsense. We’re too ugly and we have no interest in doing that. It destroys the thing that you love, and I’m glad to be over that.”
Celebrated By Strangers is released on March 27th and you can catch the band live…
UK Tour Dates with Kid Kapichi:
March 01 – Oporto, Leeds, UK
March 02 – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle, UK
March 05 – Phase One, Liverpool, UK
March 06 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
March 07 – Yes! Basement, Manchester, UK
March 09 – The Cookie, Leicester, UK