“Action Item is a band about moments.” These are the first words you will read in the band’s recent announcement of their documentary screenings of Until It’s Over. You can ask any of their undying fans and they will tell you, Action Item is unlike any other band. From their creativity, to their passion, to their never ending hard work, these New Jersey natives plan on breaking the mold.
From the start, this five piece powerhouse has never played it safe. "We always try to top our past ideas when we market our band,” explains keyboard player Mark Shami. “An independent band creating a documentary & screening it across the country was just that. Not to mention we have sold out almost every date." But this is only the latest idea that has been wildly successful for the young pop act.
Action Item has been touring the last two years in support of their first EP, “The Stronger The Love,” an album that has sold over 22,000 copies independently. In that time these early twenty-somethings have been direct support for Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, & Allstar Weekend. Along with having support slots for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls under their belt. On top of that, the band has had 3 singles in Radio Disney’s Top 30 Countdown including “Learn To Fly” a track produced by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. “Working with Nick was incredibly surreal because when someone of that stature has faith in you,” bassist, David Buczkowski describes “It reaffirms that you’re on the right path.”
Right now, the boys are putting the finishing touches on their new EP, due out this Fall. Contracting A-List producers & co-writers, the sky is the limit for them. "This album is going to show exactly where we are as a band, musically and personally,” says singer Brian Cag. “I think there is a song for everyone on this record. Our personalities really shine through every track and we couldn't be more proud of it."
Last Day of Summer, the lead single, is bursting with breath taking nostalgia, an undeniable hook & monstrous production. “No matter how old you are, you can’t help but have flashbacks of the summer days that you want to relive over & over,” drummer Dan Brozek proclaims with a smile.
It’s unquestionable that Action Item has already accomplished more than most bands, but this is only the start. “If it’s out there & you want it, you need to make it happen for yourself,” states songwriter/guitarist Anthony Li. “Every single day, we wake up & think, ‘How can we expand our fanbase today?’ ‘How can we accomplish more than we did yesterday?’ ‘How can we make our fans, family & friends proud today?’” It's hard not to root for a band with so much heart.
Before You Exit
Very rarely do a group of young musicians come together as effortlessly as Before You Exit, but when a couple of kids have a united goal of making music everyone can fall in love with - it seems meant to be. But don’t let their easy formation fool you; these guys have been planning their musical domination since their days on the playground.
Before You Exit, made up of brothers Connor McDonough (vocals/guitar), Riley McDonough (vocals/bass), Thomas Silvers (drums/backing vocals), Braiden Wood (guitar/backing vocals) were playing instruments at ages other kids were beginning to learn how to add and subtract.
They all had their eye set on music; it was just a matter of time before they crossed paths. By the time they were in middle school, fate had led them to be friends, who all had one thing in common- they wanted to start a band. Before You Exit was born and the opportunities came pouring in.
“Being in a band with your best friends comes with endless possibilities,” says Connor McDonough, “and partaking in this journey is something we all are incredibly excited to experience.”
An experience is nothing short of what Before You Exit has had since their start. With the recording of two EP’s under their belt, a brand new album in the works, and touring with acts like All Time Low, Before You Exit is on quite the journey.
After releasing their latest EP “Letting Go,” Before You Exit began to go viral, which ultimately landed them a spot on the All Time Low and A Rocket To The Moon tour- all while still being in high school. The release of “Letting Go” and their first supporting tour proved to be a mile stone in the band’s career.
“Both of those bands have become like older brothers to us and showed us the ropes to touring and have helped us out with our music. It is a memory we can never forget,” states Riley McDonough.
Before You Exit’s friendships continued when both lead singer Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and lead singer Nick Santino of Rocket To The Moon agreed to help the band on the recording of their newest album, to be released in Spring 2012. With help from the pop rock veterans, the CD will be taking a new direction- one that focuses much more on radio friendly pop.
Working with other big league producers on their latest venture such as Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae), Bobby Huff, and Robert Ellis Orall (Taylor Swift), the band is ready to release their debut album.
The band couldn’t be more excited about what 2012 has in store for them, and reminiscing on how fast they grew in the past year. Who the band says they have to
thank for all their success? Their fans. Before You Exit will never forget the fact that where they are today and where they are headed, is in large part thanks to the people that support them.
“We love our fans and appreciate everything that they do for us. There is absolutely no way that we would be where we are without them. Their support is no doubt the driving force behind this band,” exclaims drummer, Thomas Silvers.
With their driving force in tow, Before You Exit is on the fast track to an extremely busy new year and shows no signs of slowing down. With another supporting act on a two month long tour starting in January and recording their new album, this band proves that hard work and loving what you do can get you exactly where you want to be.
“The most important thing to us is to see our music reach every single person that it can,” says Connor. “Experiencing someone enjoying a work of art that you as a band have created from scratch is such an overwhelming feeling. We want to tour and play our music for the world.”
Before You Exit’s debut album will be released in Spring of 2012 and they just finished supporting Allstar Weekend on tour in Winter of 2012.
Hello Highway is the Southern California piano rock project of Daniel Sumstine. Through his sincere lyrics and piano driven melodies, Daniel aims for a passionate pop/rock sound.
His new EP "Timeless" was produced in Atlanta, Georgia by Kenneth Mount and Zack Odom (All Time Low, The Ready Set, Mayday Parade) The EP debuted at #130 on the iTunes Alternative charts and has been gathering worldwide attention ever since.
The single off the album titled "Hope in Tomorrow" was written with one thing in mind; to inspire Hello Highway's fan base, and all people, to never give up. He aims to uplift and inspire through his music.
"When people listen to my songs, I want them to feel hope. I want them to feel like they should never give up doing what truly makes them happy," said Sumstine. "For me, that's music."
Hello Highway has found success in an entirely independent way. From following major pop rock tours and selling his EP in line, to booking house shows as a source of touring, Hello Highway has already developed a loyal following. The Hello Highway family, as he calls it, is growing with every city he travels to. This work ethic and drive recently landed him a tour with fellow pop rock act Paradise Fears.
Stay on the lookout for Hello Highway because 2012 will without a doubt be a breakthrough year for him.
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