Einstein said, “For every action, there is a reaction,” and that certainly applies to the involuntary dance moves and feel-good vibes you experience when you first blast Brisbane band, Action Slacks’ energetic synth-pop tunes.
Drawing influence from the greats like Madonna and Kate Bush, along with contemporary indie favourites, The 1975, Action Slacks have managed to carve out their unique style of indie synth-pop throughout their previous five singles, including Triple J endorsed banger, Amateur Surgery.
Since musicians Levi Russell, Jimmy Harden, Rich Prendergast and lead singer, Maddy Thompson, started experimenting with retro roots to find their signature 80s sound in 2018, the band have been consistently turning up the heat on their releases, leading to their standout new single, Rapid Fire, that provided a flicker of hope during a dark time.
“Rapid Fire is about breaking free from something that is holding you back. It was smack bang in the height of the COVID lockdown. We were all feeling frustrated, we wanted to get together and start making music properly again. I think this song was what got us through lockdown!” said band member Levi Russell.
With immediately striking 808s, snappy hooks, and velvet vocals, it’s easy to see how this upbeat yet moody track would be just what the doctor ordered when looking for an effective pandemic pick-me-up.
Playing their last show prior to lockdowns at Brisbane’s iconic Woolly Mammoth, Action Slacks can’t wait to hit the stage again, bringing their bubbly tracks to life and seeing an audience do what these highly danceable tracks were made for.
With live shows reviving and a debut EP in the works, Levi says the band can certainly see the silver lining of the past year.
“It’s crazy that people get to actually hear the stuff we are creating together. Being part of such an awesome, creative group is one of the most amazing things we’ve ever done.”
Dropping tracks as hot as their latest title, Rapid Fire, suggests, Action Slacks is an exciting Brisbane band to watch.
‘RAPID FIRE’ – ACTION SLACKS