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Put Your Faith in a Pop Song
By Robin Ecoeur
The Scottish "Glam Rock" outfit Catholic Action spread their L.U.V with simple Pop structures and outstanding sense of melody. All this wrapped in a self-conciousness and witty atmosphere is the perfect tonic to creating the perfect Pop song. Put your faith in this...
Big Star were, somehow, massive in Scotland. It's a well-documented fact from the 2012 documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me that people like Norman Blake and Bobby Gillespie all came together in their adoration of the American Power Pop supreme. Even Teenage Fanclub played a couple of songs with Alex Chilton (yeah, it's somewhere on Youtube) before the legendary front man died. So when we talked to Chris from Glasgow outfit Catholic Action and he followed suit in the praise for the big ones, we knew they would be a band to remember...
..."The term Glam Rock really makes me cringe. It's so nasty. I just wanted to be in Big Star".
If you listen to all of the band's songs, covers and live footage, you understand that there's no one certain way to describe the group. Their trajectory varies all the way from Power-Pop progenitors and Post-Pop tinkerers, to Post-Punk amateurs and Glam Rock haters. A lot of words there, huh? It's a particular sound the group have developed in a very short time. The first notes of their latest release L.U.V, is a pure clarion call. Something exciting is about to go down, living up to the high promise of a band nearing the top of their game; yes this catchy party bouncer is a real treat!
"It was a total out of the blue stream of consciousness song that was written in about 5 minutes and is probably all the better for it".
It's not the only sound coming from such a variable band, though. A song like The Shallows, which features on the Fuzzkill Records compilation Now That's What I Call Music 666, portrays a band aspiring to be the new Kinks. Lyrically, it's a very well written and coherent song about being a young adult; musically, it's quite the soft ballad. Like all top Glasgow bands, Catholic Action have cracked the seductive art of Pop music love and disenchantment. The twinkling "I wanna give myself to you" chorus drawing upon The Beatles is testament to this.