Johnny Action Figure Release New Album
Consisting of vocalists / guitarists Chris Sheehan and Brendan Fullam (sharing duties), bassist / vocalist CF Fullam, and drummer Brad Rittle, Johnny Action Figure uniquely blends modern and classic sounds, and their wide range of styles and influences come together on Good Eye.The album's sound has been compared to artists across the spectrum, from Elvis Costello, Steely Dan, and The Beach Boys; to contemporary bands like The Shins, My Morning Jacket and Elliott Smith. Each song on the album stands remarkably on its own, all while Johnny Action Figure's signature three-part harmonies maintain an incredibly imaginative vocal balance.
"One of the qualities that we think differentiates our music from other bands' is an appeal that spans generations of listeners," said Sheehan. "Some bands might be too 'abrasive' to an older crowd, while others might be too lacking in 'immediacy' for a younger crowd. We feel like our music doesn't have those generational boundaries."
Good Eye is a 12-song follow up to the band's critically-acclaimed debut EP, 2006's Asks The Room To Please Stop Spinning;an album which spawned numerous US tour dates including shows in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Gainesville, Athens, and Nashville. Good Eye is a self-produced-and largely self-recorded-project, two years in the making.
"As the result of spending years as an unsigned band without official outside professional production insight-or a record label budget-we've developed the ability to write and produce our own songs, recordings, and other media content," explains Brendan Fullam (vocals, guitar, keys). "We use our combined talents and skills to, thus far, retain all of our output under our own roof. Our years of working closely together to produce material of the highest quality has resulted in a unique sound and a genuinely 'home grown' work ethic."
That work ethic includes engineering / producing recordings and video content in the band's own home studio under the imprint Bear On A Motorcycle Productions, including the record's first music video for Young Rider. Many of the band members have formal training in these fields, but much of it is built on instinct and talent; a set of tools they've learned to translate to the stage.
Johnny Action Figure has performed with some of the bigger names in alternative music such as Wilco, Pete Yorn, and The Get Up Kids to name a few.US tour dates throughout Spring 2010 are planned in support of the album, playing venues ranging from clubs to colleges up and down the east coast. The band is comprised of best friends of many years, a bond which is evident in their impressive live show.