Catholic Action - In Memory Of

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:7 Release Date:2017-10-20

Glasgow’s Catholic Action is a quartet led by Casual Sex drummer Chris McCrory, that formed three years ago, and has released some singles here and there, but only now have their debut, In Memory Of, which is an inconsistent, albeit oft-entertaining collection of songs.

At their best, their sound is a pop-garage-punk mélange with the snickering, snarky sense of humor of The Kinks, Sweet, Queen, or even Weezer, which makes sense when you consider McCrory fairly exiled himself in a world of music from the '60s and '70s. Songs like opener “L.U.V.,” “New Year,” and “Doing Well” are contagious blasts of tight rock complimented with sweet guitar solos and sing-a-long choruses.

When they venture off the path, the results are less reliable, if encouraging. “Black and White” is a more serious number that almost sounds like it came from a different album, even as it’s one of the strongest of the eleven tracks. “Propaganda” is a furiously paced bit of adrenalin and “Breakfast” is a sludgy plodder, but both seem like speed bumps to the album’s flow. They close out the set with slower, more introspective numbers “Childhood Home” and “Stars and Stripes.”

Coupled with the aforementioned “Black and White,” those final two songs hint at something beyond the power pop, and I’m curious what happens when they find the right combination and pacing of all their capabilities. A band to watch.

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