Friday the 4th was a historically rad night thanks to Action Camp, who released the newest installation to their discography: an eponymous EP. The event was held at Club Cafe, who made a specialty cocktail for the event called the “Gothtail.” After a few clove cigarettes were symbolically smoked and urges to recite various Albert Camus quotes were resisted, I took the first sip of my Gothtail as Hearken kicked off the show. Singer/guitarist Donny Donovan shredded with the riot grrrl prowess of Carrie Brownstein while drummer Greg Brunner poured all of his emotion through his drumsticks and into the kit. After them was a rad group of guys by the name of Silence, who unequivocally rocked off my socks.
Action Camp took the stage and dove into performing the entirety of the new EP, as well as a few extra favorites. Living up to their reputation as highly polished professionals, Club Cafe resonated with the artful, dark, heavy, intense, and yet ethereal melodies of ten amazing tracks.
This release is the first with the addition of Joe Tarowsky, lending his numerous talents on the drum kit, guitar, and vocals. The three-part vocal harmony on the track Shakin’ All Over sent chills down my spine. For the final track – Nameless – Joe simultaneously played guitar while remaining consistent on the bass drum.
After the show I bought my copy of the EP and managed to snag a setlist and show poster (which I framed posthaste).
The show was, in my modest opinion, downright incredible. I’m excited for the band and what they will do in the years to follow.