Action/Adventure - Sound In The Signals Interview

Leigh Ann Rodgers 
I recently had the opportunity to interview Action/Adventure. We discussed the band’s current favorite aspect of touring, how the pandemic impacted the writing process and the lyrical themes behind their new album ‘Imposter Syndrome’, their recording process, what they hope fans take away from the album, releasing it on vinyl, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview. 

Thanks for having us!

You recently toured with Armor For Sleep and Hawthorne Heights. What are aspects of performing live that you are currently enjoying? 

We really just love being able to get out there and play in so many different cool places. We were driving to the San Diego date of that run and Adrian said “Wow this year the band took me to see both coasts and Canada.” That was a pretty cool moment of realization.

You released your debut album ‘Imposter Syndrome’ on November 11th. Can you tell us more about the writing process and the lyrical themes you explored? 

Well with the record being called “Imposter Syndrome,” it’s pretty on the nose. With us sort of breaking out of the local scene during COVID there are certain aspects of this that didn’t feel real. We’ve definitely been in the trenches but certain things, little things like people occasionally recognizing us at other shows or people wanting to take a picture with us after a set are still surprising and sometimes don’t feel real. We really explored a lot of of different emotions that we all deal with as part of our own person battles with imposter syndrome and how we overcome them.

How do you think you’ve progressed as songwriters on this new music? Did you try anything new with your songwriting process?

The writing process for this record was also a new experience. A few of the songs were actually originally going to be on “Pulling Focus,” but either weren’t completely fleshed out or just didn’t fit in the context of that EP, so we tabled them and continued working on them to release later. The other songs were written almost completely remotely due to life during the Pandemic. We usually like to all get together and write as a group. This time it was a lot of FaceTime sessions and sending voice memos with riffs back forth. Once we had some ideas everyone would send them to Brompton and he’d demo them out and then we make changes from there. The process felt weird and inorganic at first and we’re still not 100% sold on it but it worked well enough that we we’re prepared enough to record and once we were all together that’s when it all really came to life. 

Can you tell us more about the recording process? What came easiest in the process and what took more time? 

When we went into the studio we were all really nervous and not sure if we had enough time to get the whole record done because it was technically the least prepared we’d ever been in terms of being able to all play the songs start to finish and having every last fleshed out. Turns out it didn’t matter because Adrian ended up tracking all the drums in the first 3 or 4 days and we actually ended tracking for the whole project a day early. What took the most time was finishing a couple of parts that weren’t totally ready when we went in but then nice thing is that we were all together and just kind of made it happen. 

I really like the song “Autopilot”. What do you hope fans take away from the song and from the album in general?

Autopilot is a very special song to us because it’s actually one of the oldest songs on the record. It’s one that we’ve wanted to put out for a long time so it’s great now that it’s finally here. We hope that it resonates with people that you should always stay true to yourself and your goals. The people you surround yourself with will either support you and be stand out figures in your life, or not and eventually fade away and be left in your past. Both are important to growth and finding your own way. 

You released the album on vinyl via Pure Noise Records. How important is it to the band to have a physical release and the music pressed on vinyl? 

Having the vinyl is one of the coolest parts of this release, and all the variants look amazing! It’s pretty awesome to be able to look at it and see the physical manifestation of years of work and memories as a band. 

The variants are awesome and the artwork is very eye-catching too. What can you tell us about creating the art and packaging? 

We’re glad people really seem to have taken to liking the artwork because getting it down right took months of attempts with different artists. The main face was designed by Shane Wheatcroft, Instagram handle @shanewheatcroft. Shane absolutely knocked it out of the park and created pretty much exactly what we envisioned but better. Once we finally got the main face locked in Blake did all of the rest of the layout with the background and the typography and he killed it!

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

We just want to thank everyone who has taken the time to listen to us or come out to a show. Being a band, while it’s extremely rewarding, definitely takes a toll on the other aspects of your life and for people to give us a chance and be into what we’re doing means more than we can even express. 

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