Thursday, September 27, 2012

Interview: Action Item

>> Action Item just finished up a tour with Owl City.  The tour came to Irving Plaza in New York City  recently, and I had the chance to talk to AI singer Brian Cag at the show. 

You just finished your set here at Irving Plaza. How do you think it went?
It was great! New York City is just such an amazing place.  We're from New Jersey so it's ten minutes away from here.  It's always a great time, and we have friends and family here at every show in New York so it's great to see them too.

Being from New Jersey, does playing shows at New York City venues like this have a special feeling for the band?
It's amazing. The last time we were here we headlined Gramercy Theatre and it was sold out.  It's been phenomenal actually, New York City is primarily our big hometown so it's been a blessing to be able to bring kids to any shows here. 

Speaking of bringing kids to shows, I noticed that there was a large amount of older fans enjoying your set just as much as the younger fans were.  How does it feel to have people of all ages coming out and supporting your band at shows?
It's definitely a compliment to know that your music can transcend different ages and not just be stuck within one demographic.  That's something we're really trying to break out of.  We have young fans, sure, but I'd really love to just reach all ages and all types of people too.

That makes sense since you guys have been together since 2008, right?
Yeah, but we've been best friends since I was 12.  We decided to play music seriously in 2008 or 2009, and it's been quite a journey so far.

Since then, you've gone from playing smaller shows to shows like this one.  How has that experience affected the band?
It's been a while.  Coming from playing to 50 people who don't give a crap about your band, or 5 actually.  We've done such crappy tours where 10 people show, maybe, at bars and stuff like that.  People don't really hear about that, but I'm not afraid to speak about it.  We've done such crappy tours for such a long time, played to nobody and then things kind of turned around when we had a show with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.  It was our first arena show, ever, and that kind of changed everything for us.  It kind of set us on a path where we were just blessed to even be there.  So that was a good opportunity for us.  I think touring is just a crazy thing that you just have to learn as you go along.  There's no school for that, you just have to live it.

What do you consider one of the best experiences you've had as a band so far? Was is that show with Justin Bieber?
Well that was definitely a game changer.  One of the best experiences so far.. We're going to radio with our song "Last Day of Summer," and hearing it on some stations is crazy.  When you start to play music when you're growing up, it's your dream to hear your song on the radio.  When you first start playing guitar or singing you're like, "hopefully I'll hear myself on the radio" and that's where our heads are at now as far as that, it's just crazy to have that happening.

How did it feel when you first heard your song on the radio?
It's cool.  It's playing on some small markets across the country.  It's starting to pick up slowly.  It's definitely a growing process.  People think it just happens at the snap of a finger, but that's not really how anything happens to be honest.  It was actually humbling to hear it and think "oh, that's me" and to have other people hearing it.  It's crazy.

As a band, you guys already seem pretty humble.  I remember seeing you guys going up to people waiting on line to get into Bamboozle two years ago and having them listen to your new EP.
We still do that, it hasn't changed.  We're still the band to go out after every show and meet everybody and not be afraid to talk to people.  I don't hide in my dressing room, I'm not that kind of singer.  I'm not going to be ego tripping, thinking I'm too good to be in front of you.  We'll always be that band as long as we can.  God willing, if things get even crazier then we'll still think of cool ways to meet everybody and cool ways to still be connected.  Being connected with our fans is one of our main priorities. 

You seem to have that opportunity here being on tour with Owl City.  Have you noticed a better crowd response at these shows?
It's a great pop tour, and [Adam] has amazing fans that would like our music.  I guess our music kind of fits into that range of pop and I think it's been great.  The response has been amazing, it's been the same if not better than our last tour.

You released a new single which seemed to get a great response tonight. What was your reaction to having even the newest song go over well?
It's cool, and it's always kind of scary to play a new song.  People might have just be learning the lyrics so there aren't that many people singing along, but tonight it was packed so it was good.  It's good to see the reaction in person above all, it's the best measure of seeing how a song is doing.

You also released a video for that single which has a lot of views.  But what's next for you guys?
We'll be putting out a new CD at the beginning of the new year.  January 1st is the tentative date.  It isn't named yet, but it will be soon.  We also have a new video game coming out for the iPhone and Droid which should be fun and interesting.  There's also a possible new single and video in the works as well.  Also a co-headlining tour to coincide with the release of the new album.

Is there any more information you can give us about that tour?
It's going to be us and some of our best friends.  That's about all I can say for now.

Is there anything else you'd like to say to the fans?
Thanks for always sticking with us and for being here, coming to shows, buying singles and the whole deal.  Thank you for being part of this whole family of Action Item fans.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Videos From Balance and Composure, Circa Survive, and More

>> Circa Survive recently performed two songs during an acoustic session for Nervous Energies.  You can view both videos below.

>> Balance And Composure released a video for the song "Quake," which is featured on the band's album titled Separation.  The video can be seen below. -

>> No Doubt put out a video for their single "Push And Shove." - --

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New Music Tuesday: VersaEmerge + more

New Albums:
  • One Big Happy - Bowling For Soup, Patent Pending, and The Dollyrots put together an album full of fun.  It sounds cliche, but in all seriousness - this is a truly fun album.  The bands covered each other's songs while releasing new songs of their own.  There's a great dynamic and all three artists work well together.  You can download One Big Happy on iTunes

  • Angst - Handguns just released their debut full-length album through Pure Noise Records.  The album, titled Angst, is now available on iTunes.

>> Glamour Kills premiered a video of Craig Owens performing a new song titled "No More San Francisco."  The video can be found below.

>> VersaEmerge streams their new song "Burn," which can be heard below.

>> Never Shout Never released a song called "Magic" from their upcoming album.  The album, titled Indigo, is set to come out on November 13th.

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Details Revealed For Punk Goes Pop 5

>> > Fearless Records will be releasing Punk Goes Pop 5 on November 6th.  This 5th volume in the series will feature covers of recently released songs as well as some older ones.  The track listing and album art can be seen below.

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> Can't wait for November 6th? No problem! Check out Upon This Dawning's cover of "Call Me Maybe" below.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Fall Tour Dates: With The Punches + I Call Fives

>> Two of my favorite local bands are touring together this fall! With The Punches and I Call Fives are hitting the road for a month, traveling to the West Coast and back.  Real Friends and Stickup Kid will also be performing on the tour.  Check out the dates below.

>> UPDATED 10/18/12With The Punches just made an announcement regarding the tour: 
We will be shooting footage for a music video on the entire I Call Fives tour starting tomorrow! If you wanna be in it, come out to the show in your area and be prepared with a personal reason or experience of why you listen to WTP. You will only get an opportunity to be in the video if you come out to one of the dates of this tour! So be there! It's going to be awesome!

Tour Dates:
Oct 19 - Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
Oct 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Balcony
Oct 21 - Patchogue, NY @ 89 North (Fall Mixtape Fest)
Oct 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's *
Oct 25 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar *
Oct 26 - Barrington, IL @ Penny Rd Pub *
Oct 27 - Grand Rapids, MN @ Ground Floor*
Oct 28 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Oct 29 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Oct 31 - Ogden, UT @ Mojo's
Nov 1 - Cedar City, UT @ The Space
Nov 2 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground **
Nov 3 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe **
Nov 4 - Long Beach, CA @ DiPiazza's **
Nov 5 - Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater **
Nov 6 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Box Office
Nov 7 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
Nov 8 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
Nov 9 - Abeliene, TX @ Cobb Park Event Center
Nov 10 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Nov 11 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's
Nov 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory Room
Nov 14 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Nov 15 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka's
Nov 16 - Staten Island, NY @ The Cup
Nov 17 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
Nov 18 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Nov 19 - North Providence, RI @ Columbus Club
* - with Real Friends
** - with Stickup Kid

>> In case you missed it, here's my interview with Jeff and Drew of I Call Fives at the Vans Warped Tour this past summer!

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Tour Dates: The Rockshow At The End Of The World Tour feat. All Time Low

>> All Time Low will release their new album, Don't Panic, on October 9th through Hopeless Records.  The band will then head out on the Rockshow At The End Of The World Tour starting just a few days later on October 12th.  The Early November (select dates), The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, and Hit The Lights will provide support on this national tour.  Tour dates and a teaser video can be seen below.

Tour Dates:
Fri Oct 12 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom**
Sat Oct 13 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall**
Sun Oct 14 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s**
Mon Oct 15 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Tue Oct 16 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Wed Oct 17 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Sun Oct 21 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Mon Oct 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Tue Oct 23 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed Oct 24 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Fri Oct 26 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sat Oct 27 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sun Oct 28 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Tue Oct 30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Wed Oct 31 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Thu Nov 1 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Fri Nov 2 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Sat Nov 3 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Sun Nov 4 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Tue Nov 6 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Wed Nov 7 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Fri Nov 9 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
Sat Nov 10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Sun Nov 11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Tues Nov 13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Wed Nov 14 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Thu Nov 15 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Fri Nov 16 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
Sat Nov 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
Sun Nov 18 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Tues Nov 20 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Wed Nov 21 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Fri Nov 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
** The Early November instead of The Summer Set

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All Time Low Announce In-Store Appearances

>> In order to boost excitement about their upcoming album, All Time Low will be doing a string of in-store appearances.  Fans will have the opportunity to attend a signing with the band after watching them perform an acoustic set at each venue. 

>> In order to guarantee entry to these intimate events, you must purchase a pre-order of the band's new album, Don't Panic, from the designated store to receive your wristband for entry. You can start pre-ordering the album through each store on September 21st.  In addition to the album, you will receive a wristband and a limited edition poster.  Keep in mind that wristbands and posters will be first come/first serve.  *Guests without a wristband will be admitted on a first come basis as capacity at the store permits.

In Store Dates:

10/4/12 - 5:30PM - Philadelphia, PA @ F.Y.E. - Acoustic + Signing
110 S Broad St Philadelphia, PA

10/5/12 - 5:30PM - Baltimore, MD @  Sound Garden - Acoustic + Signing
1616 Thames St Baltimore, MD

10/10/12 - 6:00PM - New York, NY @ J&R Electronics - Acoustic + Signing
23 Park Row New York, NY 10038

10/11/12 - 6:00PM - West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes - Signing ONLY
31 Brookvale Avenue West Babylon, NY

10/12/12 - 3:30PM - Fords, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl - Acoustic + Signing
 51 Lafayette Rd Fords, NJ

10/13/12 - 3:00PM - Rochester, NY @  Record Archive - Signing ONLY
33 1/3 Rockwood St Rochester, NY 14610

10/16/12 - 4:00PM - Chicago, IL @ F.Y.E. - Signing ONLY
 26 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601-3604

10/21/12 - 3:00PM - Greenfield, WI @ Exclusive - Signing ONLY
5026 S. 74th St. Greenfield, WI 53220

10/24/12 - 3:30PM - Denver, CO @  Independent - Signing ONLY
937 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80218

10/26/12 - 4:00PM - Boise, ID @  Record Exchange - Signing ONLY
1105 West Idaho Street Boise, ID

10/28/12 - 3:00PM - Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters - Signing ONLY
701 5th Avenue North Seattle, WA

11/3/12 - 3:00PM - Las Vegas, NV @ Zia Record Exchange - Signing ONLY
4225 South Eastern Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89119

11/4/12 - 3:00PM - Tempe, AZ @  Zia Record Exchange - Signing ONLY
105 West University Drive Tempe, AZ

11/6/12 - 3:30PM - Houston, TX @ Cactus Records - Signing ONLY
2110 Portsmouth Street Houston, TX 77098

>> Get ready for the new album by watching the lyric video for All Time Low's new single,
For Baltimore".

>> Can't make it to one of the in store appearances? No problem!  All Time Low will be heading out on The Rockshow At The End Of The World Tour starting October 12th. Support for that tour comes from The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, Hit The Lights, and The Early November (on select dates). You can see the dates for that tour by clicking here, or visiting .

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