Glasgow’s Catholic Action return with their vital new double a-side single ‘Rita Ora’/’Breakfast’, released on 7” vinyl and download 23 September via Luv Luv Luv Records.
A firm live favourite, ‘Rita Ora’ is playful take on their glam meets post-punk sound and follows their acclaimed single ‘L.U.V.’. The track is accompanied by the low-slung anthem ‘Breakfast’, which dials back the tempo of previously heard Catholic Action songs, without compromising the energy and songcraft.
Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene and have won fans across the UK with their inescapable melodies and equally fervent live show. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown, followed by shows alongside the likes of Swim Deep, The Libertines and FFS, they released their long-awaited first single for Luv Luv Luv Records earlier this year (Spector, Only Real, Splashh, The Garden).
The four-piece band are centered around the talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – already known as the drummer in another of Glasgow’s leading musical lights Casual Sex, and a producer in his own right.
‘L.U.V.’ gained massive support from the likes of DIY, NME, Best Fit and more. The track also received love from BBC Radio 1, where it made the BBC Introducing Playlist, Huw Stephen's 'Tip of the Week' as well as being included in Annie Mac's #NewNames.
The Vaulted Skies
Once described as the lovechild of Robert Smith and Boy George*, the beard-afflicted, kohl-eyed songwriter James AJ Scott put The Vaulted Skies together in 2013 to satisfy his urge to fuse edgy alternative pop and rock with danceable electronica. Shot through with the dynamics of grunge and bouts of epic melancholia, the four-piece (featuring woollen-bespectacled lab-coat-attired Doktor Ben Singleton, on a second guitar alongside Scott’s) puts on a show designed to take audiences on an emotional corkscrew. The line-up is completed by bassist Karly Snarly (who joined after answering an ad on a sort of Tinder for musicians), and drummer Martin Walker, who was conjured forth from another realm after an incantation of questionable moral (and health & safety) standards finally paid off.
Growing up in a multi-cultural satellite of London, Scott further attributes the diversity of the band’s sound to his childhood record collection, which comprised mostly movie soundtracks. It was through what was to be Brandon Lee’s last performance in The Crow that Scott discovered The Cure – a band also capable of genre-hopping and style-splicing to great effect. The Cure was the first band that inspired Scott to set words to music, and still sits atop the growing pile of other influences he likes to reference, including Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Order, Joy Division, Warpaint, Savages and many more...
Seamlessly combining the energy and melody of guitar pop with darker rock influences, 19-year-old Charlie Manning is a brilliant artist with a fresh and exciting sound.
A talented lyricist, Charlie perfectly captures the agony and ecstasy of youthful self-discovery. Whether performing solo or with his incredible band, his music bursts with colour and emotion, marrying beautiful acoustic tones with edgy melancholy and powerful dynamics.
Combining the upbeat, indie-pop stylings of Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys with the soulful imagery of George Ezra, the heartfelt rock and roll of James Bay and the earnest, story-telling songsmanship of Ed Sheeran, Charlie Manning is an exciting new prospect.
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