Catholic Action brand-new track, ‘Yr Old Dad’, is from their fast-approaching new album Celebrated by Strangers. Where previous singles ‘One of Us’ and ‘People Don't Protest Enough’ were pointedly political - and February's ‘Another Name For Loneliness’ revelled in slow-burn anthemia – ‘Yr Old Dad’ is something different from the band. Lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory comments; “This is the sound of the wheels coming off, a sing-along catastrophe. The shrugged shoulders as another funny little plan doesn’t go quite right”.
On Celebrated by Strangers, Catholic Action find themselves searching for meaning, defining identity, attacking power, pointing fingers and demanding accountability. McCrory adds; "I’m in it to make records that are interesting and matter. We’ve made a record that embraces the negatives – both from a musical and social/political standpoint – sees the humour in them and ultimately turns them into something positive; be that a better outlook, or progressive political action.”
Indebted at times to the progressive ‘70s influences of Eno, Fripp and Talking Heads, Celebrated by Strangers is ultimately the sonic statement of a band inspired by the mire of the now, with a sense of humour, hope, change and proactivity.
Before the album arrives however, the band focus themselves on their first live activity of the decade as they hit UK venues in March in support of Kid Kapichi. After that it's over to the US for festival appearances including SXSW, before returning to the UK for the year’s first city weekender festivals. See the band live on the following dates.
March 01 - Oporto, Leeds, UK *
March 02 - Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle, UK *
March 05 - Phase One, Liverpool, UK *
March 06 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK *
March 07 - Yes! Basement, Manchester, UK *
March 09 - The Cookie, Leicester, UK *
May 02 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
May 03 - Hit The North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
May 08 - St Lukes, Glasgow, UK
* with Kid Kapichi