“One Of Us” is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming new album “Celebrated by Strangers” by Catholic Action. When we last heard from the band, they had hit the BBC Radio 1 playlist and spent their summers playing major UK festivals. Where the debut album lived up to its billing for boundlessly inspired indie-pop, “One Of Us” promises a much more focused approach that fizzes with invention, accusation, self-belief and creativity. It’s already being played by BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and backed by DIY, Best Fit, Clash, Paste and more.
“One Of Us” packs a fuzzed-out stomp alongside masterfully giddy melodies that sees lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory recount “the welfare son of a welfare son”, taking aim at the billionaire-owned media and politicians who shirk responsibility for sowing the division we see in the world. It sets the tone for a record that, through a procession of skittish, off-kilter riffs and squawking saxophones, asks both searching questions of the self, while pointing the finger at inaction in the wider world.