Chicago pop punkers, Action/Adventure, are set to release their highly-anticipated debut full-length album, Imposter Syndrome, on Friday November 11, 2022, via Pure Noise Records. I’m not sure about you, but I have been eagerly awaiting this release for a bit now…and let me tell YOU: it was even better than I could have expected.
Kicking off with the title track, “ImposterSyndrome” is a high-energy song full of thick riffs and poppy, easycore hooks. Lyrics discuss wrestling with imposter syndrome due to their recent skyrocketed success. The words, “We’re the imposters,” ring out across this track, and this sentiment is echoed throughout many songs across the album.
Another common theme within the album is the articulation of certain pressures and uncertainties in life, as well as navigating musical careers in such unprecedented and uncertain times. Being a band consisting entirely of BIPOC members, Action/Adventure take on the important task of articulating the perspectives of marginalized artists in much of their writing. “Autopilot,” “FNFB,” and “Levity” all grapple with aspects of uncertainty and attempting to manage emotions surrounding those uncomfortable situations in life.
Sonically, this album is cohesive throughout and there were a number of times I had to stop what I was doing and really listen to just how nasty some of the instrumentals got. I was particularly moved by the guitar work in “Frozone, True King in the North,” and the insane drum fills peppered throughout “Losing Streak.” As we all know, Action/Adventure are absolute pros at crafting their breakdowns and that has not changed one bit in Imposter Syndrome. “Carolina Reaper,” “Frozone, True King in the North,” and “Wanderlust” are some of the most notable breakdowns you need to check out asap!
Even considering how instrumentally impressive this album is, there are plenty of lyrical gems to find along the way. “3818” and “Caroline Reaper” are two songs that I found to be particularly excellent in the lyrics department. Imposter Syndrome contains a number of seasonal metaphors and lyrics relating weather to the passage of time and managing the change that comes with it. “Autopilot” and “Wanderlust” have some great seasonal metaphors that I continue to mull over, even after I finished listening to the album. “3818” features the absolutely killer line, “Pinky swears are turning into broken promises,” and that consequently, their “spirits are on the rocks.” In “Carolina Reaper,” “I know you hate the taste of copper but here is a penny for my thoughts,” was a really fun line that is going to stick with me for a while.
And while we are on the topic of “Carolina Reaper,” I will also mention that this track is so big and so momentous, but also incredibly expressive and powerful- I think it’s my favorite song on the whole album… and maybe even my favorite A/A song ever??
I simply cannot wait until this album drops so I can gush about these songs with my friends. Action/Adventure have been tearing through Barricades and Pulling Focus toward their much deserved success. Be there or be square as Imposter Syndrome hits all streaming platforms on November 11, 2022.
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