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Monday Memos: Action Item, the band all the cool kids are talking about this summer.

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss a band that is quickly taking the music industry by storm. This band has already toured and worked with some big names in the music industry, and they are on their way to quickly becoming a HUGE name in the industry. I’ve been listening to this band’s music for years now, and their growth throughout that time is amazing. Now who is this band you say? Honestly you’ve probably already heard of them, but if for some insane reason you haven’t (drum roll please) it’s…Action Item (cool name right?). So if you’ve been a fan of this band for years, or you’ve never heard of them but want to , then keep reading…go on you know you want to!

 

Action item is a 4 piece band from New Jersey that consists of Brian Cag, Anthony Li, Dan Brozek, and David Buczkowski. They originally began as a 5 piece band with vocalist Joe Politz, and began posting songs on Myspace. They eventually parted ways with Joe, and Brian and Anthony began lending their vocals to the songs. In early 2008, they recorded the tracks for their 1st EP ‘The World And I’ (y’all can read more about that in the next paragraph). In the past few years, Action Item has opened for acts such as: Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, Allstar Weekend, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls. Action Item toured extensively on the east coast, and played the New Jersey date of the ‘Warped Tour’. In October of 2011, Action Item went on their ‘The Stronger The Love’ tour with fellow pop/rock bands Burnham, Hollywood Ending, and opening acts Days Difference and Katelyn Tarver. On January 4th, 2013 they toured in support of their latest EP ‘Resolution’, which charted at #9 on the Billboard Independent chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The tour included Pop/Rock band Before You Exit and Hello Highway, with special guests Max Schneider, Deleasa, and GOLDHOUSE. Action Item’s music video for “Last Day of Summer” reached #1 on MTV.com, and their latest collaboration with YouTube superstar Kurt Schneider (“Brave” – Action Item), which featured a new rendition of their song for their most recent single ‘Brave’. In late 2013, Action Item supported Hip Hop/Pop artist Jake Miller on his first nationwide sold out headlining tour.

 

Action Item release their debut EP ‘The World And I’ on May 20th, 2008. I really love this EP, because it the songs are full of energy and fun to listen to. ‘The World And I’ is definitely a great introduction to Action Item as a band. I really like their sound on this EP, because it is definitely reminiscent of early Fallout Boy infused with Papa Roach. I definitely suggest that you all pick up ‘The World And I’ (I mean it’s only $4.95 so c’mon…your favorite playlists will thank you trust me). On April 27th, 2009, released a 3 track acoustic album entitled ‘Acoustic’, which featured stripped down versions of ‘Dressed for the Weather’ and ‘Loved and Looked After’ from their ‘The World and I’ EP. ‘Acoustic’ also featured a demo track of the song ‘A Way With Words’. On June 26, 2009 Action Item released their ‘Boy With The Microphone’ EP.  The EP consisted of three versions of the track ‘Boy With The Microphone’, including the demo version of the song. The EP also contained the demo version of the track Atlantic

 

After two years of carefully crafting their songs, Action Item came back stronger than ever with the release of their first full album ‘The Stronger The Love’ on August 17th, 2010. I really loved that they experimented with their sound within the pop/rock genre for this album, resulting in a great and diverse record. One of my favorite tracks on the album is ‘Without You’, which has a very jazzy meets pop feel that is a fun addition to the overall record. Although most of the songs have a different feel to them, I really like that they’ve incorporated their original sound in tracks such as ‘Some Days’, which has a very throwback sound to their ‘The World And I’ EP. Action Item re-released their track ‘When Everything Falls Back Down’ (Action Item ft. Chelsea Kane – “When Everything Falls Back Down” – YouTube) on February 8th, 2011 as a duet featuring Chelsea Kane (formally Chelsea Staub who is also an actress and has starred on shows such as ABC Family’s hit show ‘Baby Daddy’ and Disney Channel’s popular show ‘Jonas’, etc.). I really love the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of being there for the ones you love that are present in this track. Also, I like the way that the two voices on the track blend perfectly with one another and produce a very cohesive track.

 

In 2011 Action Item released their ‘Learn To Fly’ EP with the lead single ‘Learn To Fly’ (Action Item – Learn to Fly – YouTube which was co-written and produced by Nick Jonas), which was released on August 4th, 2011. The single ‘Learn To Fly’ shows that the band is continuously cultivating their sound, and exploring the musical spectrum of genres (unfortunately I couldn’t find the rest of the EP on iTunes, but I really loved this single). They released a single entitled ‘Winter Rolls Around’ (Action Item – Winter Rolls Around [OFFICIAL VIDEO] – YouTube) on December 16th, 2011, which is the perfect for hanging out by a fire during the winter time with your favorite person and/or cup of hot chocolate.

 

On April 3rd, 2012 they released their love song ‘Marching Band’, which is the perfect track for the spring, because you know they say that love is in air and all that (it’s also a fun song to listen to if you’re in the “forever alone club”…it’s ok…be strong). On August 9th, 2012 Action Item released their next single ‘Last Day of Summer’, to accompany their EP of the same name (I couldn’t find this EP on iTunes either). ‘Last Day of Summer’ is definitely one of my favorite Action Item songs, because the track is high energy, fun, and the perfect song for summer (not just the last day!). The band’s latest EP ‘Resolution’ was released on January 1st, 2013, with the lead single ‘Brave’. I really enjoyed this album, because the tracks were diverse, making the album enjoyable and relatable from beginning to end. From the emotionally driven songs (Where We Left Off’, ‘Good or Bad’ Action Item – GOOD OR BAD [Official Music Video] – YouTube), to the high energy fun songs (‘Better Than Perfect’, ‘Lucky’, ‘Bad for You’), and the inspirational tracks (Brave’ and ‘Moments’), this album just gets better and stronger as it continues. Action Item’s latest single ‘The Start of Something’ was released on December 10th, 2013. This upbeat track has a much more alternative vibe to it than anything Action Item has released, but the track is a PERFECT addition to any spring/summer playlists you have.

 

If you haven’t already, I definitely suggest that you check them out. Currently, they are on a 4 date mini-tour in select cities, as part of their ‘An Intimate Night With Action Item’ tour, so if you are able to make it out to one of the remaining dates; I definitely suggest that you invest in tickets! If you love fun, energetic music that will make you laugh, inspire you too be great, and keep you entertained then Action Item is the band for you. Whether or not you’re a fan of Pop or Rock music, you will certainly become a fan of this band once you listen to them. I promise y’all that Action Item will quickly become your favorite new band.

 

Here are some links so you can stay in touch with Action Item:

YouTube: actionitemrock

Twitter: Action Item (ActionItemBand) on Twitter

Facebook: Action Item | Facebook

Website: Action Item

Instagram: actionitem on Instagram

 

 

 

 

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YouTube Wednesday: Rixton, the band you will be fangirling/fanboying about ALL YEAR!!!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, we will discuss a band that you might alright know a little about. With 49,000 Twitter followers, 37,051 YouTube Subscribers (29,762 on their YouTube VEVO channel), 24,000 followers on Instagram, and 31,985 likes on Facebook, this band is the next UK sensation that’s taking over the world. Regardless of the music they make, they’re bound to be successful with so much social media fame. Influencer agencies like this site are bound to want access to their huge platform, and they will have so much exposure that there is no doubt that they will grow a loyal and large fan base. People of the internet please allow me to introduce you to Rixton! (You may now clap…ok that’s enough…fine a little more…ok we’re good). Now you may be familiar with Rixton’s infectious track ‘Me and My Broken Heart’, but if you want to learn more about the band that will soon be controlling your local airwaves, then please read on!

 

Rixton is a Pop/Rock/R&B band from Manchester, UK. The band includes lead singer/rhythm guitarist Jake Roche, bass guitarist/pianist/ backing vocalist Danny Wilkin, lead guitarist/ backing vocalist Charley Bagnall, and drummer Lewi Morgan. Rixton began three years ago, when Jake and Danny began collaborating on music. Two years later they were introduced to Charlie, and the final piece was found when they found Lewi performing in the back alley of a local pub.

 

Rixton released their first cover video on July 19th, 2012, which was an AMAZING cover of Chris Brown’s song ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up – Rixton Cover. I really loved this version, because Rixton was able to keep the original energy of the song intact, without using a lot of production. Also they were able to use their vocals, to give the track a very Ed Sheeran vibe, which made it sound very fresh. Chris Brown usually has very difficult notes in his music, so often it can be difficult for a band to emulate his songs. However, I definitely thought that Rixton was able to handle this challenge skillfully. Another cover released that Rixton has released that I’m IN LOVE with is their cover of Neyo’s hit song Let Me Love You’ Neyo – Let Me Love You – Rixton Cover . Rixton released this cover on September 7th, 2012. I really enjoyed this cover, due to the band’s ability to keep the song’s original feel, but also give the track a breath of fresh air. This song really showed off the strong R&B roots in John Roche’s voice, which will certainly make him an interesting vocalist to watch develop. On April 18th, 2013 Rixton released a cover of the sassy song ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ by Taylor Swift Rixton – I Knew You Were Trouble Cover – Taylor Swift Response. This is probably one of my favorite covers that Rixton has done, because it showed how creative the band is. They reworked the lyrics, so the song was told in the perspective of the guy that Taylor had “trouble” with. This is a song that can be sung by a girl or a guy, so the fact that Rixton took the time to change the entire perspective of the track, really shows that they are artists and not just a cover band.

 

Rixton released the music video for their first original single ‘Make Out’ Rixton – Make Out (Official Video) on October 22nd, 2013. The music video parodied a lot of popular artists’ videos, such as: Katy Perry’s song ‘Roar’, Justin Bieber’s song ‘Beauty and a Beat’, Miley Cyrus’ hit ‘Wrecking Ball’, Lady Gaga’s track ‘Applause’, and Robin Thicke’s super hit ‘Blurred Lines’. I really love how fun the music video is to watch, and the meticulous detail that went in to it. This was definitely a really exciting introduction to who Rixton is as a band, while still paying homage to Rixton’s YouTube roots. On March 18th they released their debut EP entitled ‘Me and My Broken Heart’. They released the video to their sophomore original track ‘Me and My Broken Heart’ Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart (Official Video) – YouTube on March 27th, 2014. The video tells the story of a woman con artist, who disguises herself as 4 separate women, and brings 4 men to an illegal poker game (separately of course). When she arrives to the game, she has a bag of $10,000, and as the game is being played, she switches the bag with one that contains regular paper. The “cops” then crash the game, and she throws the bag at each if the guys that she brought. When they leave, they discover that she kept all of the money. However, one of the guys realizes that the woman switched the bags, and grabs the bag with the money before he leaves. I really loved that this video had a very interesting plot, and it left me anxious to see what Rixton does for their next video. When the video for ‘Me and My Broken Heart’ was released, it premiered on MTV worldwide, and immediately began burning up the charts. According to their Facebook page, Rixton is working with GRAMMY winning producer Benny Blanco (who has worked with artists such as: Jessie J, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Wiz Khalifa, and many more on some of their super popular hits), and are expected to drop their debut album on School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records later this year (I don’t know about y’all but I am VERY excited about this!!!…ok ok I’m done fangirling!).

 

Due to their unique pop/rock meets blue-eyed soul sound and phenomenal talent; I see no reason why Rixton can’t become one of the biggest bands in the world very soon. Honestly, they have every element necessary to win over the hearts of music lovers everywhere. They have catchy songs, great vocals, and most importantly, a fiercely loyal fan base. With the help of superstar manager Scooter Braun (who has already had a hand in the very successful careers of YouTube sensation Madison Beer, Ariana Grande, and someone else…oh yeah…Justin Bieber!). With all the stars aligned, I predict that we will be hearing about Rixton for a looonnng time (and honestly we wouldn’t have it any other way).

 

Check out these links if you want to stalk…I mean keep up to date with what Rixton is doing:

YouTube: RixtonOfficial – YouTube

YouTube VEVO: RixtonVEVO

Twitter: twitter.com/rixtonofficial

Facebook: facebook.com/rixtonofficial

Instagram: instagram.com/rixtonofficial

Website: Rixton – Official Site

 

 

 

 

  • All photos and information used in this blog belong Rixton, Scooter Braun,Jessie J, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Wiz Khalifa, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, VEVO, Jake Roche, Danny Wilkin, Charley Bagnall, Lewi Morgan, Chris Brown, Neyo, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, MTV, music.thematadorsghs.com, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.