Action Camp Album Release Party
Local doom pop duo, Action Camp, is ready to reveal their latest project, PA —an album motivated by tales of manufactured Pennsylvanian disasters. The “dark and sensual pop” album’s release show will be a part of the Revival Series sponsored by Creative.Life.Support and will take place on Friday, May 9th at 7pm at Mr. Smalls.
Action Camp member Maura Jacob is a native of the ‘Burgh and returned to the city in 2009 with her bandmate, Bengt Alexsander, from Boston. Originally, their inspiration for PA was their love-hate relationship with Pittsburgh. “I think we’ve had a pretty even split of positive and negative experiences in the last five years here as a band and in our personal lives,” says Alexsander. “I think we saw both attention and exclusion, but I feel like every band goes through that feeling — especially if you’re new to the scene… but it’s also great fodder for writing so I can’t really complain about the bad situations that much.”
Later, the band became captivated with stories of tragedies experienced by those who grew up in Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt. Tales of the Centralia Mine Fire, Donora Smog, Johnstown Flood, and the Picnic Train Disaster led Action Camp to explore man’s relationship with industry and the earth along with the struggle to find a place to call home.
If you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and into pop music, Action Camp may be for you. Their music creates a charmingly dark experience that reflects the frustration Pittsburghers face in their endless winters. You can also check them out in June at their show with Velcro Shoes at the Lava Lounge. After that, they’ll be touring Dayton, Minneapolis, and Baltimore among other cities that have been good to them in the past.
Local non-profit Creative.Life.Support and Mr. Smalls organize the Revival Series to help up-and-coming bands raise money. The more fans each band gets through the door, the more cash they go home with at the end of the night. The Drowning Clowns, a local band who released their debut album last year at Creative.Life.Support’s 2013 Revival Series, will also be performing with Atlas and Pet Clinic. The show is free for attendees 21 and older. If you’re under 21, tickets are $2. Tickets can be reserved here. Show starts at 7:00pm—don’t miss out!