Written by Rahoul Naik
Glaswegian indie rockers, Catholic Action, are preparing to take their debut album, In Memory Of to the masses around the UK.
Catholic Action are another jewel in the crown that sits firmly on top of Glasgow’s head as a petri dish of musical talent that is constantly creating special sounds and bands. The band was formed in 2014 by Chris McCrory alongside Jamie Dubber on bass and Ryan Clark on drums. Andrew Macpherson later joined as lead guitarist to add extra sparkle to the group’s own brand of glam noise rock.
They quickly began making a name for them with their memorable and characterful songwriting. McCrory is already a producer in his own right, having worked alongside Siobhan Wilson, Breakfast Muff, The Pooches, Palm Honey and more, and co-produced their debut album alongside Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl, Dead Pretties). In Memory Of was then mixed by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid) and Tom Longworth (Vryll Society, Tom Speight).
The band have received incredible support from BBC Radio 1 with their first two singles, as well as earning them spots at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and SXSW with BBC Introducing. Catholic Action are fast gaining a reputation as a formidable live act, having shared stages with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Swim Deep, Teenage Fanclub and The Magic Gang.
Now, Catholic Action are set to take their album out on tour this November alongside Nottingham upstarts Kagoule, including a show at London’s 100 Club on 2nd November.
In Memory Of is the sound of a band in total control of their sound. Combining a youthful energy with the innate pop songwriting prowess of Chris McCrory, the album shines with a rarely seen confidence. Despite having nods toward guitar pop from the past and present, the album has its gaze truly fixed in the future.
Find all tour dates below and keep a keen eye on our Gigwatch coming of their Nottingham date.
1st Nov Oxford, The Cellar
2nd Nov London, The 100 Club
3rd Nov Nottingham, The Bodega Club
4th Nov Bristol, The Louisiana
6th Nov Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
7th Nov Glasgow, Broadcast
8th Nov Leeds, Headrow House
9th Nov Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10th Nov Birmingham, The Actress & Bishop
11th Nov Manchester, Soup Kitchen