The 3rd EP by San Francisco's The Actors is called "High and Low." It was released on September 9, 2010. It's got 5 songs and runs about 20 minutes. All of these electro-rock songs were played by hand (i.e. no programming, drum machines or Ableton). These are, without a doubt, the best and most heartfelt songs we've ever written. We're incredibly proud of all of them, and can't wait for people to hear this music.The Actors - "High and Low EP"
Produced by Phil Maves
Engineered by Mark Pistel (Hercules and Love Affair)
Mixed by Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, Rogue Wave)
1. "Theory of Something" -- science v. faith (v. something else?!?). Musically, it's Kraftwerk meets LCD, I suppose.
2. "Through a False Door" -- ancient Egyptian temples and pyramids included a "false door," which was constructed so that the departed may safely pass into the spirit world. Has an opening lyric that would be awesome on the radio or a car commercial: "Hi there, I'm a dead body." Kind of a Cure / XX vibe on this one.
3. "First Date" -- this one is least about me (or maybe most?). Boy meets girl; boy and girl kill everyone. Pop music, hooray! Sounds like a lost top 40 single from between 78-82.
4. "Dead Horse Bay" -- just plain old, spleen-venting heartbreak (he said, grinning). More Cure, maybe crossed with a hyperactive Grizzy Bear.
5. "Go Home" -- turning the "why don't you take your ball and go home?" childhood taunt into positive action. As in, "I've had enough of this garbage; I'm going home." It's like a fake, non-sexed up Prince song, right down to the Oberheim.