Catholic Action are set to take their album In Memory Of out on tour this November alongside Nottingham upstarts Kagoule, including a show at Glasgow Broadcast on November 7th.
The band formed in 2014 and quickly began making a name for them with their memorable song-writing. 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) Chris McCrory has an established reputation. The Fountain spoke with Chris about the inspiration behind the name, playing Glasgow tonight and their favourite gig.
TF: You excited about playing Glasgow?
Of course, we always are. I get more nervous playing Glasgow than anywhere else. I think it’s because I’ll personally know several audience members.
TF: What’s been your favourite gig to date?
Our recent gigs in Germany have been pretty special. It was our first time there and the audience really went for it. The Germans are better dancers, far better dancers than I expected.
TF: What music did you grow up listening to, formulating your taste and interest in music?
Luckily, I discovered Sonic Youth really early in my teens and got sucked into an all consuming rabbit hole. I played Pavement to almost completely to death in my teenage years. And I think My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless is maybe my favourite album of all time. For better and worse, I’ve also probably internalised the song-writing and production of all good guitar pop, psych & art rock that was made between 1967 and 1977. My parents have always had great record collections too, I still play them mixes on occasion. They can’t tell you why, but they just ‘know’ when a mix is right.
TF: What inspired the name Catholic Action?
The heart-wrenching and often hilarious stories or actions that come from being brought up Catholic. The guilt exists. Also, I think if the name riles you up for whatever reason, and you’re from the West of Scotland or Northern Ireland. Then this band probably isn’t for you – unless you seriously reconsider your value system. Which I’d strongly advise. Scotland’s shame has been politely swept under the rug for far too long and it’s embarrassing.
TF: It must be fab to have your full length debut released by Modern Sky?
Absolutely Fabulous. It’s nice to have a good, supportive home for something you work so hard on.
For more on Catholic Action and their current tour click here.