Hey TWIST Girls!
We just caught up with Brian Cag, Anthony Li, Dan Brozek, Mark Shami, and David Buczkowski who make up the super cute band, Action Item! The boys are currently touring the country with Hot Chelle Rae and they just released their awesome new single, "Marching Band!" When they visited the TWIST offices they joked around like best friends and gave us the scoop on their band name, their most personal songs, and their new music! Action Item also gave TWIST an exclusive acoustic performance of one of our fave songs, "Without You!" Check out the videos below for their shout out to TWIST readers AND their live performance!
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TWIST: How did you guys come up with the name "Action Item?" Anthony: A while back we were sitting around watching TV and the phrase came up and we thought it sounded cool so we looked it up. It turned out to mean 'something that you want to address or change,' and we thought that was fitting for the band and it kind of just stuck from there.
TWIST: How were you guys formed? Brian: We were best friends before we were actually a band. I knew Dave and Dan ever since I was little. I met Anthony in high school and Mark a couple years back. We were friends first, that's our mentality as group. Mark: We all live really close to each other. We live off the same main street so we've all known each other kind of growing up and we've all been in this band for three and a half years.
TWIST: Where do you guys get your inspiration for your songs?
Anthony: A lot of the inspiration for songs comes from things that mean a lot to us or happen to us daily. One of our songs called "Home" has to deal with us being on the road all the time, being away from friends and family. It's pretty much a gigantic thank you to them for letting us go out and live our dreams.
TWIST: Do you guys each have a song that's been like the most personal for you guys to write or perform?
Brian: Every time I sing that song "Home," it just reminds me of my family and my friends back home so if we're away, say somewhere in California, and my family is in New Jersey, I'll sing it and it kinda like transports me back to my house. It's a weird but cool feeling.
Anthony: We have a song called "Somewhere Out There," and it was a game changer for us. It was the first song we had on the radio and it got us a lot of the fans that we have now. So whenever we play that song it takes me back to that great feeling of success and our fans really love to sing it and react really well to it.
Dan: A song that's actually helped more our fans than us is a song that we have called "Somedays." It's one of those songs that basically teaches and helps you get through whether it's today's or tomorrow's struggles. It's supposed to be inspirational saying that just because some things aren't working out today, tomorrow will be better, basically and a lot of kids actually comment on that song a lot.
David: I'm actually going to say a song called "When Everything Falls Back Down." It's a song that is basically about a girl trying to make it out in the world and having a support system behind her letting her know that she'll be okay wherever she goes. Mark: Yeah, absolutely. When we play, I guess, "Home," that's probably the most personal song because you kind of just reflect on where you're from and your childhood. Like pretty much everything when you play that song. We don't really play that song too much but when we do, it definitely hits the spot.
TWIST: Could you tell us about your tour with Hot Chelle Rae? Anthony: It's going to be a huge tour. Most of the dates are sold out. It's nation-wide and we're really excited about it. We've toured with them before and we can't wait to get back on the road with them.
TWIST: Could you tell us about your new music? Anthony: We have a new single out called "Marching Band." We're really excited about it because it's unlike anything we've ever done before or anything we've ever heard. We're a very percussive band and even when we're on tour, we really like to do drum line parts. It's what our fans have come to love us for--or one of the things--and we wanted to incorporate that into our new music. So "Marching Band" is a story song where this character, he is in love with this girl and he's very vivid about painting the picture of how he feels about her. One of the lines is that his, 'heart beats like a marching band,' which is very erratic and crazy. So the actual drum parts of the song are real marching band parts. So it's definitely different and I think are fans are really going to love it.
TWIST: Thanks for talking to us, Action Item! Action Item: Thanks TWIST!