Following a string of increasingly successful singles, Glasgow’s Catholic Action mark the announcement of their upcoming debut album In Memory Of, with the release of new single ‘Propaganda’.
A tirade against club nights which only play landfill indie, it is no coincidence that the track is named after a Glaswegian club night which specialises in exactly the same thing it berates.
Clocking in at just under two minutes, ‘Propaganda’ is frantic glam rock banger as lead singer Chris McCrory repeatedly snarls “I will never be like you” over a wall of guitars and a melodic synth hook.
The real irony here is that ‘Propaganda’ would not sound out of place at the same indie discos that it chastises – not because it falls under the “landfill” bracket, but because it is glamorous indie rock and roll done exactly the way it should be.
Catholic Action are the Pulp in a sea of Blur and Oasis, specialising in genuinely interesting, anthemic art-rock, amongst a sea of bland, lad-rock revivalists.
Don’t bet against them being the saviours of the great British guitar group.
Words: Graham McCucker