Our first time playing at this amazing establishment in chittenango!
Shifty's Bar & Grill
Obi-wan never told you what happened to your father...
Come enjoy some brews and the great outdoors!
This place is totally radical, dude. Cowabunga.
It's finally summer. Get out and hear some live music!
Fayetteville library summer concert series kickoff!
Shifty's Bar & Grill
You're the man now, dog.
It's gonna be wild, cat!
20 YEARS ALIVE
On May 10th, we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary with the release of our new live album 20 YEARS ALIVE! This album was recorded during a 4-hour performance at Shifty’s Bar & Grill. We chose our favorite 16 tracks from the night and compiled them into an album that perfectly captures our eclectic and energetic live show.
20 YEARS ALIVE contains songs that span our entire career. The fan favorite “Never Been To Boston,” the old school classic “April Fool Song,” and the previously unreleased “Thanks For Coming,” are just a few of the songs we decided to include.
We felt it was very important for this to be a TRUE live album, meaning there was no overdubbing, cutting and pasting, auto-tuning, or other studio trickery used to enhance the performances in any way. The songs are as they were played that night: loud, raw, and live. The only edits made in the studio were done to blend the applause between songs so the album plays as one continuous performance.
Does this mean you may hear an occasional mistake? Absolutely! We will always prefer the honesty and energy of a true live performance over something that sounds unnaturally perfect and overly produced.
Other than being sold as a physical CD, 20 YEARS ALIVE will exclusively be available on our BandCamp page; it will not be on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, or other streaming services. BandCamp gives fans the option to stream, purchase, and also donate to the artists they follow. We encourage the support of all independent artists so they are able to continue making the music their fans enjoy.
We are incredibly excited for our May 10th show, and for you all to hear 20 YEARS ALIVE! It’s an album we’ve been working on for two decades. We just didn’t know it.
Green Day Charity Album!
Go to this link and pre-order a copy of KERFLUNK; a full cover of Green Day's Kerplunk album from a host of great Syracuse musicians and bands! All proceeds go to the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation! We do a cool version of 2,000 Lightyears Away! Good music for a good cause! https://orange-sls-records.bandcamp.com/album/kerflunk
Live Album Recording!
Hey kids. Friday November 16th we're recording a LIVE ALBUM at Shifty's Bar & Grill! This show will be a little different than normal. For our first set we will be focused on recording songs for the album. There will probably be additional time between songs, extra tuning, and discussions with our recording engineer. We may even play some songs twice to ensure we get what we want. After that's done we'll take a break and get back to playing a crushing killer set of songs like normal! Bring some huge energy and loud voices! See you there!
20th Anniversary Extravaganza!
Next month will be the 20th anniversary of our band, and we’re not letting it go by unnoticed! Playing music together has been a defining part of our lives and the fact that we’re still doing it after so long is worthy of some celebration! So that’s what we’re going to do!
We’re planning to celebrate this anniversary throughout the year, in a variety of ways. You can expect new video content, merch giveaways, more live streaming, and …drum roll… THE RECORDING AND RELEASE OF A NEW LIVE ALBUM! The recording will take place November 16th at Shifty’s and the release party will be at Funk & Waffles on May 3rd. More details to come!
Not a lot of bands make it to 20 years, and we certainly couldn’t have done it without continued support from our wives, families, fans, and each other. (Huge shoutout to Dave Piwinksi, Brandon Hall, and Chris Zarpentine for being a part of this long ride)
We’re excited to be crossing this landmark with all of you, and looking forward to more fun and great music in the years to come! See you soon!
20 Years Alive
May, 2019 | 14 Songs
The Action!'s first live album is bursting with energy. Recorded live at Shifty's Bar & Grill in Syracuse, NY, it features songs that span the bands 20 year history. From one of the
first songs by the Action!, April Fool Song, to recent hits such as I'm Gonna Beat Up Your Boyfriend, and Never Been To Boston, make this a unique and exciting album,.
Coming soon to BandCamp
October, 2017 | 13 Songs
With the release of this full length album by The Action! titled "5", listeners and fans will notice a slight shift in the sound and style. This album includes more care-free
and just plain fun tracks, like that of Summertime, I Dare You To Kiss Me and Good Old Time.
November 14, 2015 | 4 Songs
This 4 song EP was released exclusively on 7" vinyl through LRS Records. We're keeping the costs up here because frankly we'd rather you buy the vinyl.
November 17, 2012 | 12 Songs
We think the songs on this album are really good.
Tangled in the Lights
November 17, 2012 | 10 Songs
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good Christmas!
December 18, 2008 | 16 Songs
2009 Syracuse Area Music Award winner for Best Metal/Alternative Album. We know you're impressed.
The Action! is an innovative rock & roll band from Syracuse, NY. Their music is influenced by a wide range of genres including rock, pop, punk, jazz, reggae, and ska. Formally known as Skatos, The Action! formed in 1998 and quickly gained a devoted following throughout the region.
During their career, The Action! have released 4 full length albums, 5 EPs, and been included on a number of compilations. The band received 2 Syracuse Area Music Awards after being voted the People’s Choice – Best Band in 2008 and being given the 2009 Best Alternative Album award for their album Exploding Radio. Their vinyl EP, Monumental Instrumentals, was also nominated for Best Alternative release of 2015.
The Action! includes: Mike Gibson (lead vocals/guitar), Chris Nolan (trumpet/vocals), Craig Chamberlain (drums), Adam Carkey (bass), and Dan King (trombone). Each member brings extensive musical knowledge and ability to the band. Together, they produce a fantastic sound, a high energy level, and a contagious excitement during any performance.
The Action! has shared the stage with Gym Class Heroes, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, The Pietasters, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Planet Smashers, and The Sheila Devine, among countless other talents. On stage, the band delivers a tight, adrenaline-fueled performance that has remained unparalleled by their musical peers.
Their most recent release, Monumental Instrumentals, was released on 7″ vinyl through LRS Records in November 2015. It’s awesome.