“…a soaring alt-rock power ballad…The animated video recreates the concert-going experience for these concert-less times, and it continues that same theme of connecting romantically with another person over a shared love of live music.”- Brooklynvegan
Melbourne, Australia’s Catholic Guilt are debuting a powerful new animated video for “Life In Three Part Harmony” off their acclaimed LP ‘This Is What Honestly Sounds Like,’ out now on Wiretap Records.
Singer Brenton Harris says, ‘Life in Three Part Harmony’ is a love song to the awesome connective power of live music. There’s something magical that happens when a music lover is watching their favourite act perform live. They become immersed in music. It takes over their mind, body and soul, and for those precious few minutes or hours, they are connected on a near-spiritual wavelength with the artist. This is a song for anyone who understands that moment when an artist hits the high note and it penetrates your soul, and you look around and notice another human experiencing that special rush too. That moment has completely changed each of our lives numerous times. On a personal note, this song is a celebration of my happiest place: the front row of a sold-out show, with my partner by my side, singing the words at the top of our lungs like our very existence depends on it.”
Of the animated video (produced and animated by Jed Newton), Harris adds, “Due to the pandemic, we’d been without live music in Melbourne since March, and to say we missed it a lot is an understatement. As a band playing live is obviously crucial to our existence, but it’s not just the playing that we missed, it’s all the little connections that come with it. Whether playing or attending a gig, it’s so much more than just a gig. It’s an opportunity to truly connect with other human beings and share a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A chance to catch up with friends or to meet new ones, an excuse to have a few drinks and sing yourself hoarse or mosh away the stress of daily life. It can be an avenue for escape or a safe space where you can be your truest self.
The vision for this video was to recreate the experience of a show in a way that would highlight all of those little connections that are currently missing from our lives without live music. If the FOMO we’ve felt watching it is anything to judge it by, then the animator Jed has absolutely nailed it. We hope you enjoy it.”
Recently chosen by Alternative Press as one of ’10 Genre-Bending Bands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of’– Catholic Guilt write raw, emotional and disarmingly honest music for the internally conflicted masses, blending elements of punk, folk and alt-rock to create a sound they describe as ‘honest music.’
The band is confirmed to perform at Fest 19 in Gainesville, FL in October 2021, and is also featured on Wiretap Records’ latest Attention! charity compilation, benefiting the ACLU.
Praise for Catholic Guilt:
“…a casually genre-defying fusion of punk, emo, indie rock, folk…”- Brooklynvegan
” A beacon of light for anyone who finds themselves at the crossroads of pop punk and folk, Australian outfit Catholic Guilt blend the two seamlessly. Add prominent influences by bands as diverse as Against Me!, Thrice and the Menzingers and you’ve got sounds and styles that are as beautiful as they are varied.”- Alternative Press
“Catholic Guilt not only present an EP that is a clear display of the talent that exists within the band but also a bold and daring attempt to blend folk and pop-punk in a way that brings out the best of both musical spheres. This Is What Honesty Sounds Like? Maybe this is what the future sounds like…” – Mind Noise Network
“…many moments that remind you of other bands/artists like Frank Turner, Pompeii, Against Me and The Menzingers…hugely melodic uplifting Rock n Roll, you are immediately aware that this is a band that will not leave you feeling flat, even when the subject matter cover such things as the feeling of isolation and social distance, they seem to be able to add an emotional uplift to it.” (4.5 out of 5 stars)- ThePunkSite
“On the surface, their songs draw you in with catchy hooks and a welcoming Pop/Punk energy, however a closer listen will reveal a deeper emotional vulnerability hidden within their lyricism. ‘This is What Honesty Sounds Like’ is a triumph in songwriting from an up-and-coming band that revels in blazing a path that is clearly their own, all the while inviting us to walk alongside them.”- Hunnypot
“Melbourne’s Catholic Guilt describe their sound as ‘honest music’ and on their latest EP we get to find out what that sounds like. Turns out honesty sounds like pop punk with folky undertones, thick with gorgeous melodies and slick hooks.”- Punk Rock Theory
“…(the) tracks mix both pop-punk with the bonfire-style folk, an interesting but wonderful combo. The quintet is definitely a group to be watching for the rest of the year…” (Rating: 4.5/5)- Musiqtone.com
“Catholic Guilt’s “A Boutique Affair” taps into the zeitgeist of distance, isolation, while adding a spirit of uplift and community…deeply melodic, highly energetic rock ‘n’ roll…”- PopMatters
“Catholic Guilt do that thing where they help you pick apart the seams of your barely held-together self worth but make it sound like a right fun time along the way.”- triple J
“The group looks at the world with a mix of dismay and hope, as if they recognize that life is difficult but we don’t have to let it kill us.”- Dusted Magazine
“Australian group of rockers delivering raw, emotional lyrics amid pounding drums, jangling guitars and sophisticated arrangement.”- Artistic Echoes