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12 tracks, 42 minutes. Second full-length by noise big-band Action Beat. Improvisation is the operative word for this highly energetic outfit from Bletchley. Pressed on blue or green vinyl
Action Beat is an improvised noise/no-wave punk band from Bletchley (Milton Keynes), heavily inspired by early Sonic Youth, The EX, Glenn Branca and other avant guitar ensembles.
When it comes to Action Beat, improvisation is the operative word, as although the band comprises a core of around five musicians, their cast can expand to as many as fourteen for the live shows. A normal gig will have at least three guitarists, a bassist and between one to four drummers. Musically they emulate the intensity of Fugazi and possess a touring ethos of Black Flag, hence, playing constantly. The whirlwind shows are the band's secret weapon and so far they have gained much recognition in the UK and Europe, by doing things in the only way they know how, by doing it themselves.
Action Beat first recorded at Southern Studios in January 2007 as a five piece, they turned up to the studio with nothing rehearsed and improvised two songs; "More Hookie" and "Maximum Bletchley". The same year they recorded three more improvised songs at Southern; "Tay", "Justice Yeldham" and "Daddy Thirsty", this time integrating saxophone, trumpet and violin into the sound. Their first record, 1977-2007 Thirty Years of Hurt, Then Us C*nts Exploded was made up of five songs recorded at Southern in two days, and a re-mix of "Maximum Bletchley" by their friend Destructo Swarmbots.
Having toured constantly throughout the UK and across Europe, Action Beat have played somewhere in the region of 200 gigs, and with many notable bands including: Do Make Say Think, Dalek, Oxes, ZU, USAisamonster, Bilge Pump, Destructo Swarmbots, OVO and many more. Needless to say Action Beat is completely DIY, and dedicated to being a true punk band. In their words, their main goal is "to play as many shows as we possibly can" and before that their main goals were to play as many shows as they possibly could and sign to one of their favourite record labels, our very own Southern Records. Dreams do come true!
Total Running Time: 42 minutes
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