Glasgow’s kaleidoscopic garage rock band Catholic Action released their new album ‘Celebrated by Strangers’ last week via Palo Santo Records. Now, they’ve shared a new album single I’m No Artist.
A new wave, futuristic beat drives the song’s chaotic and cathartic resound as frontman Chris McCrory chants, “I don’t feel creative / I’m not great with words / Withhold your ideas / Don’t sing with conviction / I’m no artist.” Behind a fuzzed-out chorus and avant-garde guitar solos is a track where instinct and the masterful control of one’s surroundings exist in unison. Listen to the track via YouTube below.
Unable to bring their rollicking live show to SXSW this year, the band was profiled in NPR’s Austin 100 of artists they intended to see at the 2020 festival.
The hypnotic, rib-rattling record is armed with politically pointed lyrical daggers and powerful arena-ready licks. 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 humor, hope, change and proactivity. McCrory adds, “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.”