Action Toolbelt was born when New York songwriter Owen Biggs met drummer John Orestano, fresh off a stint at LA Music Academy. With guitarist Ben Wise co-producing and Joey Clement on bass, their self-titled first release quickly got them signed toFastmusic in 2004. Two years of touring and playing festivals like CMJ, The MEANY Fest, The NY International Music Fest, Block Island Festival, Mid Point Music Fest, Dewey Beach Festival and the Pleasantville Music Festival tightened the band’s sound, the addition of keyboardist/programmer Marco Talamo expanded it, and the release of 4-song EP “Because You Said We Couldn't”helped spread the word. Soon after Fastmusic closed its doors, Tom Kat Records/DSN Music picked them up for a 2-album deal. Ben Wise returned to produce/engineer the follow-up and play guitar and bass. The resulting album "Sirens In Spades" truly shows Action Toolbelt at the top of its game.
On “Sirens In Spades,” New York's Action Toolbelt hammers together a variety of styles to build a fresh new sound. Welding new wave analog synths to straightforward rock, they will hit a
familiar chord with life-long alternative music fans, yet appeal to a diverse fanbase. Driving guitars and passionate vocals interact with catchy melodies and infectious hooks in no-nonsense tracks that evoke the heyday of college radio, while the introspective lyrics and resourceful production reflect a grown man’s hard-won maturity. First single “One More” presents smooth verses that segue into the explosively catchy chorus. Songs like “Touch & Go” and “Used to Be” engage the listener with an up-tempo attack of powerpop guitars, buzzy synth leads and roaring vocals. The catchy alt-rock edginess of “Last Inline” gives way to layers of strings and keys, while “Trip and Fall” closes the album by showcasing the band's softer side. The new Action
Toolbelt is sharper, shinier and more powerful than ever.