This review was originally written for Exclaim.ca, but unfortunately was not able to be published. But please do check this Toronto band out! They’ve recently went on a very short hiatus, but hopefully they’ll have new shows lined up soon around the area and an actual EP eventually released.
The Runaway Catholics introduce themselves with sunny soft folk-rock. As they delightfully combine slower and faster tracks between five songs, it’s easy to see that each stands out for their own merits. “Ghosts in Memories” illuminates the sweet melodic vocal partnership of Shawna Sormin and Brodie Dakin to a pop-based tune that would definitely wake you up in the morning. “Melody of June” and “France” flow beautifully into one another with simple, nostalgic beats and chord progressions, quietly highlighted by the piano or xylophone, respectively. “Crazy Sorrows” has the collective at its strongest, while both impressive electric and acoustic guitars work together in a way that should take them back to Woodstock or at least blasting the speakers out at a backyard party. The live recording of “Charmed Life” has them in a dream-like jam session state, with just enough to leave the listener hanging, wishing there was more, or at least that they were at the show clapping along.