“Action Item is a band about moments.” These are the first words you will read in the band’s recent announcement of their documentary screenings of Until It’s Over. You can ask any of their undying fans and they will tell you, Action Item is unlike any other band. From their creativity, to their passion, to their never ending hard work, these New Jersey natives plan on breaking the mold.
From the start, this five piece powerhouse has never played it safe. “We always try to top our past ideas when we market our band,” explains keyboard player Mark Shami. “An independent band creating a documentary & screening it across the country was just that. Not to mention we have sold out almost every date.” But this is only the latest idea that has been wildly successful for the young pop act.
Action Item has been touring the last two years in support of their first EP, “The Stronger The Love,” an album that has sold over 22,000 copies independently & has had successful placement on multiple television shows. In that time these early twenty-somethings have not only gone on a full headlining tour but also been direct support for Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, & Allstar Weekend. Along with having support slots for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls under their belt. On top of that, the band has had 3 singles in Radio Disney’s Top 30 Countdown including “Learn To Fly” a track produced by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. “Working with Nick was incredibly surreal because when someone of that stature has faith in you,” bassist, David Buczkowski describes “It reaffirms that you’re on the right path.”
The boys recently put the finishing touches on their new highly-anticipated EP, released on Jan. 1st, 2013. They contracted A-List producers & co-writers, the sky is the limit for them. “This album is going to show exactly where we are as a band, musically and personally,” says singer Brian Cag. “I think there is a song for everyone on this record. Our personalities really shine through every track and we couldn’t be more proud of it.”
Last Day of Summer, the lead single, is bursting with breath taking nostalgia, an undeniable hook & monstrous production. “No matter how old you are, you can’t help but have flashbacks of the summer days that you want to relive over & over,” drummer Dan Brozek proclaims with a smile.
With the release of the new EP ‘Resolution’ comes Action Item’s second headlining tour, which they are in the midst of at this very moment. The nationwide and Canada tour will be followed by a summer spent on the Vans Warped Tour which will no doubt be a great experience for these guys who have grown up attending Warped Tour.
It’s unquestionable that Action Item has already accomplished more than most bands, but this is only the start. “If it’s out there & you want it, you need to make it happen for yourself,” states songwriter/guitarist Anthony Li. “Every single day, we wake up & think, ‘How can we expand our fanbase today?’ ‘How can we accomplish more than we did yesterday?’ ‘How can we make our fans, family & friends proud today?’” It’s hard not to root for a band with so much heart.
Action Item Facts
- The name Action Item comes after hearing the reference in the movie Fight Club. They were watching it in Anthony’s basement. They looked up its meaning, liked it, and it just stuck.
-How the band started: Brian grew up with David and Dan. He and David went to school with Dan’s younger brother. The three of them met Anthony through a mutual friend while they were in high school. Anthony ended up jamming with them.
- The band started as a quartet, with Mark joining the band later on.
- It took 2 years on and off to record The Stronger The Love.
- Action Item is unsigned.
- Action Item has toured with and/or supported: Allstar Weekend, Honor Society, Andy Grammer, We The Kings, Forever The Sickest Kids, The Summer Set, Hot Chelle Rae, The Downtown Fiction, Cartel, Ariana Grande, The Scene Aesthetic, Stephen Jerzak, Justin Bieber, Boys Like Girls, Gym Class Heroes, NeverShoutNever, & The Veronicas.