Action Painters

Action Painters

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A fiercely unique young band that breaks down the pieces of New York Rock and resurrects them as a new, dangerous creature, Action Painters slay dragons with their soaring melodies, slinky grooves, and undeniable soul. They are from New YorK City.

Biography

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A fiercely unique young band that breaks down the pieces of New York Rock and resurrects them as a new, dangerous creature, Action Painters slay dragons with their soaring melodies, slinky grooves, and undeniable soul. They are from New York City.

In early 2006, Tom Haslow (guitar/vox) left NYC synth-pop darlings Unisex Salon to start Action Painters. After finding Amit Wehle (drums) and Allison Zatarain (keys) in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist (wait, you play guitar too?), they began rehearsing in a frigid Brooklyn basement before moving to the Chelsea gallery district of Manhattan. Later, Joe Hankin (guitar) and Nic Daughtry (bass) joined, each adding incredible musical bravado to the proceedings. Over countless subterranean nights, they forged a sound that's part Live-at-Leeds mod swagger and part T-heads new wave shimmy, shaken and stirred with a bit of Memphis soul by way of Manchester.

The result: blistering, irresistible tunes carried by Haslow's confident, Verlainian tenor, skin-tight musicianship, cheeky lyrics, and deadly hooks. It's indie rock with a heart of gold and the eye of a tiger.

In their first year, the band gained a fervent following in NYC hotspots such as Mercury Lounge, Tiswas 2.0 at Annex, Pianos and Cake Shop, as well as at several universities and top Northeast clubs like TT The Bear’s in Boston and Ottobar in Baltimore. They were selected for the 2006 CMJ Music Festival after playing only three shows on the merit of their memorable tunes, explosive live show, and the fellatio skills of their drummer.

In the fall of 2006, Action Painters began work on their sprawling, 7-song debut, Chubby Dancer, with indie producer Ron A. Shaffer (Ambulance Ltd., Tricky). Released in June 2007, the record is a sparkling document of the first year of the group's young life. It showcases the band's gift for melody on songs like Sooner or Later and Cold Dead Corner, and its groove-punk soul on the addictive Absolutely Clear and the fiery, shout-along anthem Chasing Pixies.

In the months since its release, Chubby Dancer has received rave reviews from the press (Spin.com, Deli Magazine, and Newsday, among others), and a growing buzz in the blogosphere. It’s been spun on East Village Radio and Band Boston (Boston’s most widely-downloaded music podcast), and tracks from the album have appeared in TV shows for Discovery Channel, Fuse, and TLC.

Action Painters are currently recording their first full-length record and playing shows throughout the Northeast United States. Check out their website for more info.

Discography

Chubby Dancer - 2007 Debut CD
Lay that Cable - 2009 EP

Set List

9-10 songs, all original. High energy indie rock with emphasis on melody and ass-shaking grooves