Single Review: Catholic Action – The Real World

By on Friday, 10th July 2015 at 1:00 pm

The first thought that springs to mind on hearing Glasgow-based quartet Catholic Action’s latest release is, “ooh, that’s jaunty”. If at some future point it was revealed to be the lost theme tune to an obscure low-budget ‘70s sitcom, I wouldn’t be surprised. A keen 12-string guitar sparkles away, there’s jolly banter between the lead and backing vocals, and all is well with the world.

Clearly these guys have Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura records in their collection, and probably a passing knowledge of the work of Ben Folds too. The song proper is over after a couple of minutes, but they bravely and rightly add almost the same again as an extended instrumental coda. It’s not to say I don’t like the vocals and lyrics, but I love to hear a band just playing their instruments without the burden of literary responsibility.

That’s not to say Catholic Action are all about the twee. There is a touch (but not much) of slacker rock about them, and by the end they manage to come up with this:

you’ll have time to waste
you’ll have money to save
you’ll have skirt to chase

…which is so close to a laddish haiku I’ll let them off the details. The fad for cassettes continues unabated, with ‘The Real World’ being released by Fuzzkill Records on a limited-to-50-copies snazzy white two-reeled number, which by the time you read this will have sold out. One can probably count the number of tape decks per square mile on the fingers of one foot, but at least it’s a reminder of the olden days.


Catholic Action’s new single ‘The Real World’ is out now. The band will play T In The Park tomorrow (Saturday the 11th of July) at 1:05 PM at the T Break stage.

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