Catholic Action came to my attention earlier in the year after reading about them online a few times and seeing a load of posters around town advertising their shows. Around the same time I had discovered the band Poor Things thanks to their song No Way, Jose that was released on Gerry Loves Records.
I was checking them out when I discovered that the two bands paths crossed on a split cassette single on Fuzzkill Records, so I checked that out and was blown away by L.U.V by Catholic Action.
L.U.V came across as a mix of Franz Ferdinand and Teenage Fanclub - upbeat guitar pop with a sense of urgency and great feel to it. At under 2 minutes 30 seconds it was a great introduction to the band and it left me thirsty for more.
I caught them at the Wickerman Festival where they rammed the tent they were playing in at the end of the night; the two guitars sounded glorious and the band looked like they were having fun.
Catholic Action have definitely made a splash in 2015 through a series of releases on Fuzzkill Records; they have all sold out but you there is plenty to explore via their band camp page and via YouTube including a Tenement TV live session for L.U.V and this fantastic session (above) for Rage Music. The releases have led to brilliant support slots, tours, festivals, a growing fanbase and a real buzz.
I am a sucker for a love song and so, based on the evidence released to date, are Catholic Action. So many of their songs are out and out love songs.....and they are brilliant. Totally heartfelt, played with real feeling, guitars, hooks and choruses to sing and lyrics to relate to.
Songs keep coming and I really look forward to an album, hopefully in 2016 but as long as Catholic Action keep playing, writing, recording and releasing I will be happy. With a home studio and bundles of energy, I think it is a safe bet that they will do just that - quite how long they stay on Fuzzkill Records is another question!
I was keen to find out more and singer and songwriter Chris was kind enough to answer some questions I emailed through to him.
Catholic Action are genuine, heartfelt, poppy, punky, soulful and true. Check them out and enjoy.
1. Tell us how you formed - where are you from, how do you know each other, how and why did you get together?
2. You’ve achieved quite a lot in your first year as a band, what has been key to that? How much of it was planned?
3. What have you put out to date and do you have any releases in the pipeline?
4. What has been your best gig to date?
6. What are the bands influences? (musical or otherwise)
7. How do you write as a band?
8. What other Scottish bands do you like?
9. What do you think of the Scottish music scene? What is good, what is challenging, what is missing?