Actress

Actress

BandAlternativeRock

Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, Art-punkers Actress mix anthemic hooks and retro-laced style reminiscent of The Jam and Roxy Music.

Biography

As soon as they take the stage it's immediately evident that something very special is happening. They pick up their instruments and without a word launch into a violent, brusque, boisterous teenage anthem titled, 'Blush'. Flushed with slow-burning grandiloquence and red-hot guitars, their set is inspiring, bringing to mind their flirtation with stadium rock predecessors, U2 and Oasis. What makes these angel-faced upstarts so appealing however, is their capacity for anthemic hooks and retro-laced style reminiscent of The Jam and Roxy Music. They are Actress and they are wonderful.

Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, this post-punk quartet formed in August '02 consisting of Aaron Ficchi (vocals, guitar), Josh Ficchi (drums), Travis Knight (bass) and Todd Bridges (guitar).

Rehearsing in an abandoned loft, they cultivated tasteful art-rock grandeur while performing frequently at clubs in and around Nashville and Atlanta. Soon they were touring, playing wherever they could, sometimes without notice. It was through such shows that they caught the attention of Atlanta producer, Matt Goldman (Copeland).

Within a few months Actress recorded their first full-length album, 'Isolation' and released parts as an EP titled 'Defender' (2004) featuring their buzz-worthy single, 'Such a Bitter End' before finally appearing at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Lyrics

Such a Bitter End

Written By: A. Ficchi

Fell into the snow
At eight o' clock she waited 'til 4
Arcades and pills and days
What summer shudders to show

And the kids here pretend that Cigarettes were something we Planned
Arcades and pills and days what Summers shudders to mend
And it's such a bitter end

Fell into the snow
At eight o' clock she'll stay out 'til 4
Arcades and pills and days
What summer shudders hardcore

But the kids still pretend that
Cigarettes were something we Planned
Arcades and pills and days what Summers shudders to mend
And it's such a bitter end

The kids here pretend that
Cigarettes were something we Planned
Arcades and pills and days what Summers shudders to mend
And it's such a bitter end

Please, Imagine an Explosion

Written By: A. Ficchi

Would you stare at me
If you had love?
Even from your bed
You said you had no choice

So please, imagine an explosion

I couldn't save your life
I couldn't cope
But I was just a boy

So please, imagine an explosion

I couldn't save your life
I couldn't cope
But I was just a boy...

I couldn't save your life
I couldn't save your life
I shouldn't save your life
I couldn't save

The Feeling We Forgot

Written By: A. Ficchi

In airways and silent traffic lights
A colour-slide forms
And makes me carsick
December, the feeling we forgot
an intermission, an equinox

I shouldn't call you anymore
Change my name and tell you
I don't care
Look over your shoulder you'll
Find me breaking away

Unconcious inside this centrifuge
A parachute
One I need years before
You walked out
Before the pentagon
Were you something then?
Or were you something else?

I shouldn't call you anymore
Change my name and tell you
I don't care
Look over your shoulder you'll
find me breaking away

Discography

EP Defender(2004)
LP Isolation (Release Date TBA)
Producer: Matt Goldman
11-track Studio Album
Single: Such a Bitter End
College Radio Airplay

Set List

Blush
Defender
Disconnection
Such a Bitter End
The Feeling We Forgot
Monster
Please, Imagine an Explosion
Isolation
Tyrant Electric
We're Still The Boys
Stay Gold
Undressed

12-songs/Approx. 1 hour