Action 45 - All the Rage!
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: September 16, 2008
Made up of former members from SoCal local band White Trash Debutantes, Action 45 is punk rock that revels in its own glamorous filth. Think Rancid meets Stiff Little Fingers, trying to keep things old school and innovative, but also kinda messy at the same time.
How is it?
Action 45's biggest downfall is that All the Rage reeks of a band trying to be something classic. Their intentions are there, and it's worth noting that they want to present an old school punk sound while looking the part, but it's all rather sloppy and incoherent. All the Rage seems to be unsure of where it wants to go, looking both ways before it crosses the street, but without a clear direction. "High Life" is a beer-can-toting anthem, yet "How Things Change" is a punctual number driven by political ire. "14 States" is a wink and a nod to mischief, then "Tender Ties" is a track that resembles the street life Rancid writes about.
Between this tug-o-war the content presents, the band wants to be a party (according to their website, they like beer & omelets), but some of the lyrics are rambling & redundant and the production never gives the band a chance to show off any of their singular talents. While there are some above-average rockers present here ("All the Rage"), there are far too many filler tracks with the same type of dialogue you'd find on several other records in the same vein ("Sindra"). The band repeats the line "Are you ready for some ACTION?" all over their website and Myspace. Unfortunately, in this case, being ready for some action also requires you to want to take a rest.