Review: Catholic Action, Kagoule, Sneaky Pete’s

A Sneaky Pete’s double bill of Nottingham trio Kagoule and Glasgow outfit Catholic Action brought some welcome cheer to a cold Monday night in Auld Reekie.

Formed in 2014, the four-piece Catholic Action, while very much a part of the vibrant music scene in Glasgow, have taken no time to reach out beyond its boundaries.

The demand for their guitar-driven melodic sound led to high-profile support slots with Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines, a short European tour, and appearances at Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, Radio One’s Big Weekend and SXSW.

With debut album In Memory Of just released, the buzz around this band is palpable and they took to the stage to a roar of approval on Monday night.

Opening number Doing Well led into the choppy guitar of Rita and an audience singalong.

Frontman Chris McCrory’s easy rapport encouraged some entertaining banter with the punters and added to the party atmosphere so often a feature of Sneaky Pete’s gigs.

The anthemic Breakfast stirred the crowd once more, though this was no ‘play the album gig’, with the band introducing new song One Of Us (a definite crowd-pleaser) as well as playing a rousing rendition of The Wash, the B-side of their first single.

The set ended with the jangly punk of L.U.V, a short explosive burst of energy that left the audience gasping for more. Catholic Action are a band to watch – make no mistake.

With the crowd nicely warmed up, Kagoule entered the fray.

This band blend together an impressive variety of influences, from the distorted guitar of post-punk legends Gang of Four to the alt-rock of Pixies, to create their own distinct sound.

And they feature a drummer who is also artist for the band, creating the video animation for their latest release Monsieur Automation.

Monday was is the midway point of a 12-date UK tour for this creative trio and the set opened with Magnified, a growling tune whose tempo ebbs and flows amidst a swirling guitar.

New tunes such as It’s Not My Day and Egg Hunt, with its haunting guitar echo, gave a taste of what’s in store for the second album.

Monsieur Automation stormed along and guitarist/singer Cai Burns paced around the stage like a demented Wilco Johnston.

On Made of Concrete, the strong melody worked well with Lucy Hatters’ vocal, and was another crowd favourite.

The band ended with the jagged guitar of It Knows It and the crowd bounced along to the mass of hooks and riffs.

A good night in a good venue… if only every Monday was like this.

Words: Alan Hotchkiss

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