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Action Camp’s latest project PA finds the duo wading into heavy sonic terrain and coming back with a sound that’s entirely new. Inspired by famous man-made disasters in Pennsylvania’s history, the record blends the intimate experiences, both real and imagined, of the band members’ and of those living through a moment when time stood still. The result is an immersive experience in which the grandness of history is made tangible and personal again.

After members Maura Jacob and Bengt Alexsander relocated to Jacob’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, they were inspired to write material about their, at times conflicted, relationship with their new home city. The band’s vision expanded when they became fascinated by stories centered in and around Pennsylvania’s disasters, tales that are known well by many growing up in the Rust Belt. The duo had grown adept at merging the historical with the personal after completing two commissions. For the first installment of Pittsburgh’s Hi-Rez Artist Residency Program, they crafted a musical response to the works of Maxo Vanka found on display at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. They also composed the single “Zero/One” for the project Conspiracy for Good, an online augmented reality game (ARG) created by Heroes show runner Tim Kring. Action Camp expanded upon their surf electro roots with deeper textures of low-tuned guitars, richer bass tones, and found sounds incorporated into drum loops and synths, all of which are still complemented by Jacob’s classically-trained vocals.

Ultimately, the songs on PA explore an array of subjects, from man’s relationship to industry and to the earth, to the way our work can come to define us, to the struggle to find a place to call home. Taking a page from Appalachian musical traditions, songs like “You Don’t Even Know My Name” are built around a single musical phrase, in this case the bass line, which acts as a continuous thread to bind the song together. The instrumentation on PA reflects Action Camp’s penchant to move easily between eerily gentle tones to the sweepingly ferocious, from the harsh samples and crunchy guitars on “Trainwreck” to the icy synths blended with warm vocals on “Come Clean.” The lyrical content is similarly varied, with perspectives as different as a religious zealot attempting to find meaning in the gradual deterioration of her home on “Hunger,” to the words of love and longing from the lips of the dying in “Thirst.” These elements produce hauntingly beautiful moments that still possess a pop sensibility. As Alexsander explains, “We’re fans of bittersweet music. We like a catchy pop melody, but we’re also hinting at something darker lying underneath.”

Action Camp “constantly contradicts labels and genres” (Dayton City Paper) through their layering of the organic with the synthetic, allowing them to create music that conveys more urgency, grit, and warmth than one typically finds in electronic music. Their live performances have been hailed as, “a work of stagecraft, a piece of theatre, and a big-top attraction that is...access to an imaginary universe, a playland of sound that can take on any sound or style imaginable” (Burghsounds). Action Camp’s style has evolved over the years, and their fans remain drawn to their music for its mixture of the dramatic with the intimate. With the release of PA on March 28th, Jacob and Alexsander are excited to share their latest work with a new audience.

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PA
Release Date: March 28th, 2014

Our latest project "PA" wades into heavy and darker sonic terrain. Inspired by man-made disasters in Pennsylvania’s history, the record blends the intimate experiences, both real and imagined, our own experiences, and of those living through a moment when time stood still. The result is an immersive experience in which the grandness of history is made tangible and personal again.

Available formats:
6 Panel Digipak CD

FLAC digital download
MP3 digital download
iTunes
Spotify stream
Rdio stream

10 songs - 47:20 minutes
Written, performed, recorded, amd mixed by Action Camp
December 2011 to October 2013

Lyrics by Maura Jacob

Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios
Artwork by Chris Smith
Layout by Bengt Alexsander

Digital and damn proud.


Selected Press & Media for PA:

Those Who Dig (Blog Review)
Golden Mixape (Blog Review)
AP Collection (Podcast Interview + Performance)
Pittsburgh City Paper (Interiew + Review)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Interview + Review)
Revolution 360 (Blog Interview + Review)


BETTER MADE FAST ep
Release Date: November 22nd, 2011

An EP featuring three new songs and remixes from Pittsburgh artists Ag Ag Lady, Dave Bernabo, and Kohwahlah. Remastered in 2014, the 2nd pressing also includes our 2012 single "zero/one".

Available formats:
Single Fold CD

FLAC digital download
MP3 digital download
iTunes (abridged)
Spotify stream (abridged)
Rdio stream

8 songs - minutes
Recorded and Mixed by Bengt Alexsander
Photography + Artwork by Action Camp
Recorded September - November 2011 at the Bunker II + Howlers Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

Lyrics by Maura Jacob
Music by Action Camp
Produced by Action Camp

Remix Credits:
Ag Ag Lady: www.brokewhorerecords.com
Kohwahlah: www.facebook.com/kohwahlah
Dave Bernabo: dbernabo.drupalgardens.com


SEVEN Suite & Short Film
Release Date: April 8th, 2012

On Easter Sunday 2012 Action Camp released this short film setting the live performance of a
musical suite against the murals that inspired it.

This is one of only two performances of this work, commissioned for a collaboration called Hi-Rez.

This piece is a 7 song suite as a single audio file with a bonus download of the short film. It is
optimized in the mp4 format for smartphones & tablets at 640x480 pixels.

It is available for free, donations are greatly appreciated.

Available formats:
FLAC & MP4 Short Film digital download
MP3 & MP4 Short Film digital download
Vimeo Short Film stream

7 piece suite - 25:35 minutes
Written and performed by Action Camp
Recorded live November 14th, 2010 at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church Millvale, PA
by David Bernabo

Mural Photography: Mark Perrott & Renee Rosensteel
Live Photography: Larry Rippel
Composing Photography: Hugh Twyman

Special Thanks: Alexi Morrissey, Justin Hopper, Mary Petrich,
Diane Novosel, Charlie Humphrey

For more information on the murals please visit vankamurals.org

Selected Press & Media for SEVEN:

Press Release
Pittsburgh City Paper (Review)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Preview)
Croatian World Network (Web Article)
Hugh Shows (Interview + Photoshoot in the church)



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