Woodsy shoegazers Action! celebrate their debut album with a performance and crowd-sourced video show 

Opportunity Rocks

Opportunity Rocks

There's a certain class of bands in Nashville that it seems like everyone and no one is talking about. South Nashville shoegaze two-piece Action! is one of those bands: Their debut album Friend Weakend has been hailed as one of the "top 10 [records] of 2010, easily" by We Own This Town, and Consequence of Sound gushed over their Deerhoof-esque qualities in a live review. And yet it seems like the only people who've even heard of them are bloggers.

Friend Weakend, released on CD in June, is a love letter masquerading as an indie-rock record. Songs like "Sandpiper" — the ostensible single if that were still a relevant term in our present digital music wasteland — and "This Is Your Summer" place critical importance on the intertwined vocal harmonies of the band's sole two members. Robyn and Dan Burns, Belmont graduates and recently married consummate Woodbiners, eschew overly complicated rhythms in favor of a more direct style, creating some of the woodsiest shoegaze music ever committed to tape. Their songs sound like Slowdive in a log cabin — technically simple, but wholly effective through sheer force of will. While Battle Tapes engineer Jeremy Ferguson deserves credit for recording the hell out of the 11 songs that make up Action!'s first record, it's hard to shake the feeling that the whole thing would fall apart if it were performed by anyone else.

The vinyl release of Friend Weakend represents the final part of a process begun nearly six months ago with a campaign on the fundraising site Kickstarter. The $1,940 they collected from fans to see the project to fruition isn't quite the $16,000 that Parachute Musical have managed to rake in thus far, but it's not too shabby for a small-time duo that wasn't offering personalized songs in exchange for a $500 donation. The release party at Welcome to 1979 (free CD with $5 cover) will feature performances by Action! and Asheville-based folk rockers WAGES. However, the main event will be the screening of fan-made music videos for several songs on the album — including one by Scene contributor Seth Graves that may have involved a rooster, acquired via Craigslist, terrorizing Dickerson Pike.

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