Chicago, US – Action/Adventure have releasedanother pop-punk anthem with today’s offering “Autopilot”.
Speaking about ‘Autopilot’ the band said ‘We like to think this song encapsulates the monotonous pursuit of chasing a dream. We started writing this song during a time where we were really running a lather, rinse, repeat gambit. We had band practices starting in the evening going into the AM often resulting in rough morning commutes. We spent weekends driving hours away to play shows for gas money to get home. We had to miss important friends and family events because there was always another gig, rehearsal, or miscellaneous band event to take precedence. After a while it just becomes clockwork. You’d review the year of backbreaking work in exchange for what felt like a smidge of progress begging the question: Is all of this sacrifice worth it? I think the release of this song years later answers that question. Paired with instrumentals that immediately get your head nodding, the song cooly coasts giving an anthemic vibe that aims to get you singing along. With any creative endeavour it can take years of blood, sweat, and tears before getting to those 30 minute live sets of euphoria. And we can’t wait to experience those moments soon.’
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The band also spoke on the video and said ‘The music video for Autopilot was sincerely a labor of love. Everyone involved in this project from the video team, actors, bar space, and “extras” were close friends and family. It’s a really cool feeling for us to be able to press pause throughout and name every face as all our friends on the shoot have been seeing us play since the beginning. The shoot itself really felt like a celebration amongst the inner circle. The video team of Alex Mueller, Connor Nichols, and Jeremy Whitmore really knocked this video out of the park. The cinematography, directing, and lighting really gives this video a very warm and homey feeling and I think does a great job placing the viewer into the space with us. Wade Hunt, the boss character at the start, does a hilarious job of setting the scene as we feel everyone has dealt with a superior like that at some point in their lives. Plus it leads to our Kevin McCallister moment.’
Autopilot is one of the songs on the record that was written 4 years ago. Thematically it deals with the trials and tribulations of chasing the band dream. We often feel like we’re playing high stakes for little return as we’ve taken some emotional and financial losses during this time. With this record and video coming out – I feel that it shows us that this is indeed worth it. And we’re excited to expand our circle’
Action/Adventure shouldn’t be here. At least, that’s what the Chicago-based five-piece seems to think.
They’re wrong–very wrong–but that’s the overriding theme of their debut album. That’s partly why they named their forthcoming record “Imposter Syndrome”–because when the band signed to Pure Noise Records, they couldn’t quite believe it.
“For us,” says lead vocalist Blake Evaristo, “having a debut on Pure Noise is insane. Especially because, when “Barricades” blew up for us and we got all that TikTok clout, it happened during the pandemic, so we didn’t even play a show till nearly a year later. And I feel like, in that time, we were having Imposter Syndrome, hence the title.
The band’s feeling of imposter syndrome runs deeper than just what we mentioned. Namely, because they’re an entirely BIPOC band in the pop-punk scene, which automatically adds an extra layer of depth and uneasiness to everything. It’s what the TikTok video for “Barricades” was all about, and it’s an inherent part of their identity.
That video was never meant to blow up, nor was it meant to be overtly political. It simply captured how they felt about who they were and was uploaded by Jackson one day on a whim.
Still, Action/Adventure are acutely aware their existence is nevertheless important in terms of visibility. They’re just also keen to stress that their initial intentions were all music-focused, and that it’s chance, not design, that they’re all BIPOC. “Those two parts have to co-exist on completely even playing fields,” explains Jackson. “One can’t really outshine the other. Growing up in the scene, I almost felt like a pariah–I could count the amount of other black people going to shows on one hand. One of them is Adrian! You’d always see the same four or five other black people at shows, so you get to know each other. So it’s important to not lose sight of that, but also don’t want us to be a token band. We’re just a band. We’re a group of people playing music that we like to listen to and that we like to write–and we just all happen to be people of color. It was an accident, it wasn’t planned.”
One listen to this record, and that’s clear. It’s emotive and erudite, sophisticated and serious, fun but also full of the trials and tribulations, insecurities and uncertainties that make us all human. All that is channelled into these 10 impassioned and precise, vigorous and spirited songs. The fact that it hits so incisively and profoundly demonstrates why – even if they use the term with tongues firmly in cheek – pop-punk for adults is the perfect description.
“This might be our first album, but we’ve all been through the wringer, and I hope people hear that we have real stuff that we’re dealing with – whether that’s being in a band, being a person of color in the scene or chasing a dream that seems so hard and unattainable. I really hope people can feel what we’re feeling.” says Evaristo
The band will be on the road with Hawthorne Heights and Armour For Sleep later this month
Full dates below:
20th October The Ritz, San Jose, CA
24th October Marquee Theater, Phoenix, AZ
25th October Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
26th October The Garden Amp, Garden Grove, CA*
27th October Goldfield Trading Post, Roseville, CA
30th October Yucca North, Flagstaff, CA*
31st October Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA
1st November 1933, Bakersfield, CA
2nd November House Of Blues, San Diego, CA
3rd November 191 Toole, Tucson, AZ