Catholic Guilt – Hymnbook Volume 1
Released: April 6th, 2018
Catholic Guilt Line up:
Brenton Harris | vocals
Bryce Novotny | guitar/vocals
Don’t believe me? Well look at the facts. Back in the day you had a cuff on one wrist, a wallet chain hanging from your side and some kind of facial piercing… I’m gonna guess lip. All of your wage from working at JB Hifi or Subway went to gig tickets and band merch.
Fast-forward to now. You still love going to gigs but let’s face it, it has been a while. Wife and kids will do that. You can’t handle a mosh pit any more anyway, up the back with a drink feels more your scene. The cuff and wallet chain are long gone but you still get around in a band t-shirt on the weekend.
Where am I going with this? Well, Catholic Guilt’s debut EP Hymnbook Volume 1 is the perfect listen for you NOW. This Melbourne duo, Brenton Harris and Bryce Novotny, blend the punk attitude inside us all with acoustic guitars and a raw folk sensibility. If this is the first you are hearing of Catholic Guilt, no need to feel guilty yourself, the guys only got together in 2016 and have been building their reputation with live shows and tours alongside The Ramshackle Army, The Bottlers and more.
The opening track and lead single ‘Counterfeit Guitars’ may be familiar to you, having received spins on Triple J and Unearthed. It sets the album up well, going from slow emotional harmonies, over stripped back strings right into the big belting chorus. Hymnbook Volume 1, has a feeling of joyful reminiscing, while Harris’s very Australian vocals tell stories of suburban life and love. The way he pronounces ‘Pissing down with rain’ in ‘San Diego to Melbourne’ couldn’t sound more Aussie. Another highlight is the closing track ‘Lucky Country’, telling the story of human struggles in our backyard. The marching drums and guitar solo remind you of an old folk protest song from the 60s with subtle hints of Bad Religion.
This is the perfect EP to put on while you’re trying to have a nice family dinner. Your partner isn’t going to tell you off that it’s too loud and noisy, the kids aren’t going to get too hyped up but you still get to feel like you’re rocking out to good music. If you’re a fan of This Wild Life, Frank Turner or The Gaslight Anthem you’re going to love this little EP. For a debut, it’s super impressive and I’m looking forward to hearing what comes next for the guys.
Catholic Guilt – Hymnbook Volume 1 tracklisting:
1. Counterfeit Guitars
2. San Diego To Melbourne
3. Paper and Ink
5. Lucky Country