Action Toolbelt

Action Toolbelt

 New Hyde Park, New York, USA
BandAlternativeRock

NY's Action Toolbelt hammers together a variety of styles to build a fresh new sound. Welding new wave analog synths to straight forward rock, they create something uniquely their own that will hit a familiar chord with life-long alternative music fans, yet appeal to a whole new diverse fanbase.

Biography

BIO:
Action Toolbelt was born when New York songwriter Owen Biggs met drummer John Orestano, fresh off a stint at LA Music Academy. With guitarist Ben Wise co-producing and Joey Clement on bass, their self-titled first release quickly got them signed toFastmusic in 2004. Two years of touring and playing festivals like CMJ, The MEANY Fest, The NY International Music Fest, Block Island Festival, Mid Point Music Fest, Dewey Beach Festival and the Pleasantville Music Festival tightened the band’s sound, the addition of keyboardist/programmer Marco Talamo expanded it, and the release of 4-song EP “Because You Said We Couldn't”helped spread the word. Soon after Fastmusic closed its doors, Tom Kat Records/DSN Music picked them up for a 2-album deal. Ben Wise returned to produce/engineer the follow-up and play guitar and bass. The resulting album "Sirens In Spades" truly shows Action Toolbelt at the top of its game.
DESCRIPTION:
On “Sirens In Spades,” New York's Action Toolbelt hammers together a variety of styles to build a fresh new sound. Welding new wave analog synths to straightforward rock, they will hit a
familiar chord with life-long alternative music fans, yet appeal to a diverse fanbase. Driving guitars and passionate vocals interact with catchy melodies and infectious hooks in no-nonsense tracks that evoke the heyday of college radio, while the introspective lyrics and resourceful production reflect a grown man’s hard-won maturity. First single “One More” presents smooth verses that segue into the explosively catchy chorus. Songs like “Touch & Go” and “Used to Be” engage the listener with an up-tempo attack of powerpop guitars, buzzy synth leads and roaring vocals. The catchy alt-rock edginess of “Last Inline” gives way to layers of strings and keys, while “Trip and Fall” closes the album by showcasing the band's softer side. The new Action
Toolbelt is sharper, shinier and more powerful than ever.

DSN Music is proud to showcase Action Toolbelt for download, featuring their most popular hits.

Lyrics

Dreaming Of

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Dreaming Of

Holding on until last call
I’ve been waiting for my alcohol

Balance myself against the wall
Debate making my 9th last call

Cause I don’t want to use it
I just want to get some sleep tonight
I feel like I might lose it

The footing here’s on shaky ground
I need the traction that you’ve found

My dirty mind just let me down
It’s such a wash this time around

Cause I don’t want to use it
I just want to get some sleep tonight
I feel like I might lose it

Cause it’s you that I’ve been dreaming of
Yeah its you that I’ve been dreaming of
Like broken hearts that wish on stars above
Yeah its you that I’ve been dreaming of

I’ve been waiting for this all to fade away
I’ve been debating now if I should try and change
To help me piece this puzzle back in place
I think I said the words I’d never say

Wait, it’s so late
I need help to fix this feeling on the inside
But you know, you can’t go
I need help to break this feeling on the outside
Looking in
Where to begin?

Cause it’s you that I’ve been dreaming of
Yeah its you that I’ve been dreaming of
Like broken hearts that wish on stars above
Yeah its you that I’ve been dreaming of

Last Inline

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Last Inline

You hesitate, to procreate, your up to late, exaggerate
You’re such a find, they must be blind
Your insides hallow, it’s all been mined
Now don’t quit
There are too many girls that help rotate the world
Left for me to get
They don’t know me yet
They only seem to leave after we’ve met

Words resonate, they complicate, they deviate, In such a state
I can’t stand still, placebo pill
Can’t fix this heart if you break my will
Then you shout
Things in your head are left better unsaid
What’s that all about?
It comes pouring out
There's nothing left for you to doubt

Now I missed the signs
I’m failing to slow down and now it’s passed me by

I don’t unwind
Can’t seem to find someone to be the last in line
This trip is long won’t someone help me drive

Another day another night half dead
I really didn’t hear anything you said
Its getting late I think it’s probably time for bed
And anything you wanna do is fine
Hurry up before I change my mind
I'm gonna change my mind

Let’s dominate, and aggravate, and terminate its going great
You're wasting time, Its such a crime, You said it's ours, but it feels like mine
I can’t help but to love myself above all else
How can I love you too?
I don’t know what to do

Now I missed the signs
I’m failing to slow down and now it’s passed me by

I don’t unwind
Can’t seem to find someone to be the last in line
This trip is long won’t someone help me drive

It just starts over and over and over and over

OK

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

OK

I’ve been taking this time you’ve been wasting to write down what’s inside
Of my mind that’s been so hard to find since you came along and took me for a ride
Let's get together in spite of the weather I’m floating here until we all capsize
I’ll think of you

Holding off till someone shows me
Holding on till someone knows the way

I’m sedated and self medicated now I can’t hear your pleas
Getting higher I’ve drawn friendly fire, this tight rope walk is murder on my knees
It’s an art that gets lost from the start you can paint it now anyway you see
Still think of you

Holding off till someone shows me
Holding on till someone knows the way

I’m waiting for you to understand
I’m waiting for you to tell me its all OK

Anything you want now
Anything you need now
I couldn’t get for you
Its broken hearts that don’t pass start
Its broken dreams that drive you like they do

Feel mostly dead now….but somehow… slightly alive
Caught in your head wind……a dead spin…..I start to dive
I’m earthbound……..one last round……So dead tired
Now of you

Holding off till someone shows me
Holding on till someone knows the way

I waited for you to understand
I waited for you to tell me it would be OK

Lead The Way

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Lead The Way

Coat tails, are dragging all around
Ride them, straight into the ground
With a bottle in your hand, you can do anything but stand, and deliver too
You won’t see this thru

Uptown, has never been so low
Shot down, with no place left to go
I can’t get this lit, Will I get fired before I quit, on all of you
Never seem to choose

Wait…..I can’t seem to catch a break
Won’t you help me play this game
Cause I just dropped the ball again
Now I can’t hear what I want to say
Cause these sirens come in spades
Crashing thru the view that lights the room
And drives us all insane

Then you say the last place that I look’s the first place you’ll stay
You’d sell your broken heart to make sure
I’d pay for all that I’ve done wrong
I’ll let you lead the way
It’s easier to pass along the blame

Wait…..I can’t seem to catch a break
Won’t you help me play this game
Cause I just dropped the ball again
Now I can’t hear what I want to say
Cause these sirens come in spades
Crashing thru the view that lights the room
And drives us all insane

You want it, still want it
You can’t wait to pawn it
You want it, still want it
Can’t wait to throw it all away

One More

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

One More

Wasted…… Stumble across the room till we collide
As close as I’ll probably come to you
Say something, Play something
Break the ice in here
Sometimes objects are closer than they appear

Sunlight’s playing games that trick your eyes
I’m standing here wide open, you see me in disguise

But it’s one more for the road
And its one more left behind
You’re taking me for a ride I know

Face down, you stood me up then swept me off my feet
Now I’m confident I’m not sure what to do
Late for it, wait for it
I’m shouting vaguely clear
But you just see what you want to hear

Sunlight’s playing games that trick your eyes
I’m standing here wide open, you see me in disguise

But it’s one more for the road
And its one more left behind
You’re taking me for a ride I know
I don’t know

Frustration

Sunlight’s playing games that trick your eyes
I’m standing here wide open you see me in disguise

But it’s one more for the road
And its one more left behind
You’re taking me for a ride I know
I don’t know

Trip And Fall

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Trip And Fall

Wake up early, no time to waste Grab some food along the way to see me thru
Brush your hair back, from your face
I promise to come home again from work to you

Can't help wondering if it’s my time
Always something calm I see in you
Constant dangers always on your mind

But I'll stand…so tall...for you

Alarm rings loudly turns my stomach sick
Never know exactly what it’s all about
Fire's building, make it double quick
Running in as everyone's running out
Mass confusion all around, everything fades black to blue
Shout I love you as it crashes down

But I'll stand... so tall... for you
It’s what I do

My broken heart will never stop beating for you
I hope the pride you feel tonight will see you thru to the end
Where we can meet again and start brand new

And I'll stand so tall for you
And I'll trip and fall for you
It's what I do

My broken heart will never stop beating for you
I hope the pride you feel tonight will see you thru to the end
Where we can meet again and start brand new

Used To Be

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Used To Be

I used to be,
I used to be out of control
Now I want to see,
I want to see deep in your soul
Where I can breathe,
Where I could always make you whole
and fill this need,
To fill this need to grow inside until I finally reach my goal

You used to be, you used to be out of control
Now you just succeed,
You just go out and sell my soul
To fuel this greed,
Fix broken parts that make you whole
And fill this need, do you fill the need that always grows inside? You’ll never your goal
Don’t stop it now you’re on a roll

Broken Dreams are what you've seen tonight
The more you watch the more we’ll have to fight

Let's turn it on
It turns me off
I hope its ends up all right
They cast their lines and watch us bite.

This used to be, this used to be in our control
Now you’re such a scream
I hear the shouting in your soul
We’re digging deep
Never planned a way out of this hole
Now I guess we need
To fill the need inside us

Never ever let us reach our goals
But don’t stop it now you’re on a roll

Broken Dreams are what you've seen tonight
The more you watch the more we have to fight
Let's turn it on
It turns me off
I hope its ends up all right
They cast their lines and watch us

I used to be,
I used to be out of control
Now I want to see,
I want to see deep in your soul
Where I can breathe,
Where I could always make you whole
And fill this need,
To fill this need to grow inside until we finally reached our goal

Broken Dreams are what you've seen tonight
The more you watch the more we’ll have to fight
Let's turn it on….It turns me off…I hope its ends all right
Turn the channel for us
Make sure not to bore us
Cast their lines and watch us bite.

Touch And Go

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Touch And Go

I never thought that we could make it here
These days I just scream and cheer
did you see that play?

With them it always seems like clutch and grab
Seem to lost your gift for gab
When things don't go your way

We're all motivated
To not get eliminated
Not sure it's where we wanna be
Now its touch and go
Who's in control?
It isn't me

Have one straight up I'd rather mine with ice
Wonder if we'll roll the dice
I can't help but stare
They come, they go, sell high, buy low
They take the money now and run
I guess that no one told them it's all for fun

I'm still motivated
To get them eliminated
Exactly where we wanna be

Now it's touch and go
We're in control
You wait and see

Stand up
You could try to stop them all
Make yourself feel 10 feet tall
Let's break their will

You should attack
We must go forward to go back
And keep them firing on until we finally get the kill

You hold the key to make me whole
Can't help this feeling in my soul
Which way are we going to go?

Just for a while
At least for a while now
Could you keep it close?
Can't watch you fall
I don't know why
I don't know why I love you
Why I love you most of all
Of all
Why I love you
Why I love you most of all
Of All
Why I love you
God I love you

Stand up
You could try to stop them all
Make yourself feel 10 feet tall
Let's break their will

You should attack
We must go forward to go back
And keep on firing until we finally get the kill

Now we beat 'em all

Arrgghh

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

Arrgghh

It's slowly turning inside out
It's breaking down from here
This makes me want to scream and shout
Can't wait to disappear

Inside/Holding on, Holding out, Holding in everything
I feel like I'll lose my mind
I'm standing beside myself
Wake up you're wasting your life
Don't wave goodbye

You're working your way outside in
You swear that you can steer
You play the game but not to win
Only leave to reappear

Inside/Holding on, Holding out, Holding in everything
I feel like I'll lose my mind
I'm standing beside myself
Wake up you're wasting your life
Don't wave goodbye

Break down
I'll dedicate myself to changing this time
We could suffer all in style
Break out
I'm tired of all this rehabilitation
Let's go make it all worth while

And I am holding this inside
Sometimes I'm not sure I could try
It just feels safer if I hide
I don't waste time by asking why
Maybe I could change some day
I got nothing much now to say
I can't stop shaking and my body's aching
I'm so close to breaking down this time

Inside/Holding on, Holding out, Holding in everything
I feel like I'll lose my mind
I'm standing beside myself
Wake up you're wasting your life
Don't wave goodbye

Break down
I'll dedicate myself to changing this time
We could suffer all in style
Break out
I'm tired of all this rehabilitation
Let's go make it all worth while

Must have some reason to smile

Savage Animal

Written By: Action Toolbelt/Owen Biggs

I am often trying on the inside
and you are sometimes waiting for the plan
but don't wait cause I don't mind
if you won't understand

I am trying hard to change the subject
Its subject to change anyway
God this is fun to play
Said the things you'ld never say
I know that you're not right
There's little chance that you'll be wrong tonight

Sick jokes, quick pokes help to keep this all together
So late, long skate I guess could do a few things better
Let's go
I'll try and show you things that I don't know

You are trying hard to weigh the issues
But I don't see an issue with the weight
You used to be right on time
Its the second time your late

I am often sitting on my laurels
while you are busy making stands
none of this was planned
I could lend you a hand
Don't know it feels so right
I think that I can finally sleep tonight

sick jokes, quick pokes help to keep this all together
So late, long skate I guess could do a few things better
Lets go
I'll try and show you things that I don't know

Waste not want not some things you got by always being you
Come in begin I can't find sin reacting like we do
Everyone knows this is true

I am often trying on the inside
and you are sometimes waiting for the plan
but don't wait cause I don't mind
if you won't understand

I am trying hard to change the subject
Its subject to change anyway
God this is fun to play
Said the things you'ld never say
I know that you're not right
There's little chance that you'll be wrong tonight
You know that you're not right

Discography

Action Toolbelt - Self Titled 2004
Punk vs. Emo
Punk Rock Mix Tape
Because You Said We Couldn't 4 song EP titled 2007
Sirens In Spades Released Feb. 16th 2010

Set List

We play our songs. 3 albums worth now, so we could play a 35 minute set or a 3 hour set.