Everyone has that one band, the one where your eyes light up when you talk about them and when you can recognize a song by the first two seconds. We all have that band in our lives that makes us happy. My band, for the past five years, was Action Item.
I discovered Action Item through other small bands like Allstar Weekend (RIP) and Honor Society (also RIP). I thought, “Okay, they will be one of these bands that are constantly played on my iPod”. Little did I know, I eventually realized they would become a big part of the next five years. Action Item’s lyrics fueled some kind of fire inside of me. I memorized every word, every verse having an impact on me. Their music made me inspired, it made me happy. When this all happened, I was dealing with my own thoughts. I had no friends in high school, my emotions were everywhere and in between, and I had no idea what to do with myself. Action Item came, and I found my hope. Their song, “Defenseless”, was the one I listened to on repeat for three hours straight, because I knew it would calm me down. It told me things would be okay, and that it was okay to be defenseless.
In five years, I saw Action Item eleven times. In between those eleven concerts, I quickly became close to the band members. I talked to them on Twitter and I hung out with them after the show would end. If I hadn’t met them, I don’t know where I’d be. They knew I was struggling, and sometimes, they knew exactly what to say when I needed it the most.
(These are just a few of my favorite posts, there are plenty more)
(these are also some of my favorite pictures because they’re really good at hugging)
Action Item made me laugh. They made me cry. They made me sit in my bedroom with their music blasting as I sang along to every single word. Action Item gave me some of the best friends I have today. I wouldn’t be the same person I am right now if I didn’t find Action Item online. They helped me overcome some of my struggles, by talking to me in my time of need and giving me advice. I got through high school by seeing them as often as I could, writing lengthy letters about winning my battles, and listening to all of their music whenever possible. Everyone has that band to love and believe in, and thankfully, they believed in me too.
I talk about Action Item in the past tense because currently, they aren’t active. For the past year, they have been pretty absent from the media, besides releasing one four-song EP in March. To quote Nick Jonas, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. It sounds cheesy, but now that they aren’t in my lives, I miss it all. I miss Action Item concerts, their silly videos, their Twitter sprees, and I miss them in general. I respect them doing their own things now, but it makes me feel a little nostalgic. Of course, I have new favorite bands (Def Leppard, Imagine Dragons, to name some), but Action Item will always be #1. They were around for almost 1/4 of my life, and I’m sure I’ll still talk about these stories when I get older. They did create some amazing memories for me in high school, after all.
But for now, I’ll remember that they were my favorite band.