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Glasgow’s Catholic Action are streaming new song ‘Propaganda’, taken from their debut album In Memory Of. Due this Autumn via Modern Sky, In Memory Of is a vibrant collection of guitar-pop anthems, In Memory Of shines with pop-smarts, clever hooks and confidence rarely seen in a new act.


Following a string of lauded singles, Catholic Action are streaming new single ‘Propaganda’. A breakneck paced slab of punked up art-rock, ‘Propaganda’ typifies Catholic Action’s penchant for penning instantly memorable pop nuggets, with a sardonic and knowing sense of self.


Listen to ‘Propaganda’ now on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music


Of the track, frontman Chris McCrory said: “‘Propaganda’ is a bad reaction to a hellish night. Spent up to my neck in landfill indie and cheap pints. A drunken epiphany on the dance floor, when you realise you’re very, very lost. Alternatively, for the higher-browed among us, here is a Haiku (俳句) on the matter:


Out of place and time

I will never be like you

I’ve drawn my own line.”


Catholic Action have soaked up the history of Scottish music across the ages whilst crafting an sound of their own. For each Belle & Sebastian witticism or Teenage Fanclub melody, there’s a unpredictable flash of their own brand of glam-noise. Opening track ‘L.U.V.’ is a glorious example of Catholic Action’s angular approach to pop, while ‘Breakfast’ is a Pavement-esque stomper, if Malkmus had favoured Glasgow over sunnier climes. ‘The Shallows’ is one In Memory Of’s biggest moments, with it’s festival ready, sing-along chorus while ‘New Year’ and ‘Doing Well’ battle each other for the album’s biggest earworm. Album closer ‘Stars and Stripes’ brings together all of the album’s different elements and already feels like a classic in the making.


Catholic Action formed in 2014 and quickly began making a name for them in Glasgow fertile music scene. Already a producer in his own right, as well as drummer in similarly lauded act Casual Sex, singer and guitarist Chris McCrory quickly began writing songs with a unique character and instant appeal. The band have received incredible support from BBC Radio 1 with their first two singles, as well as earning them spots at 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 Circa Waves, Swim Deep and The Magic Gang.


Produced by Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl, Phobophobes, Dead Pretties) and Catholic Action’s Chris McCrory, In Memory Of will be release released this Autumn.


Catholic Action are Chris McCrory, Ryan Clark, Jamie Dubber, Andrew Macpherson


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