Article by Jason Setnyk | Photo by Shannon Hemmett
Montreal, Quebec – Post-punk Vancouver quartet ACTORS is releasing a new album and going on tour. The upcoming tour includes a concert in Montreal on September 22 at Le Ritz. The following night, on September 23, ACTORS will be performing at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. In addition, ACTORS is releasing a new album titled “Acts of Worship,” which is coming out on October 1 via Artoffact Records.
Fans in Montreal and Toronto will be able to hear some of the new songs live in concert.
“We toured so much with the first album. I was excited to get back to writing and recording. I wanted to inject the new songs with the energy we picked up from playing every night,” said vocalist Jason Corbett. “We’ve already released several singles, but the rest of the album is stacked. I can’t wait for people to experience it as a whole,” Corbett went on.
ACTORS music is available to stream online, and their songs are broadcast on traditional radio. The band has over 62,000 listeners a month on Spotify and has massed over 705K streams with various singles. In addition, the song “Love U More” was added to CBC Rock and CBC Radio 3, while the song “Strangers” was added to CBC Radio 3.
“We love CBC radio. It’s an important Canadian institution. It feels great to be supported by them. Everyone should let them know you want to hear us,” Corbett stated.
Also, ACTORS has released a new music video for their new song, “Only Lonely.” The video has a creative and exciting Natural Born Killers vibe.
“That’s our fearless director Wayne Moreheart’s idea. He suggested a Natural Born Killers vibe. We knew the perfect couple to play it. Justin and Rachel are married in real life. It was all love and laughs on set. We keep video shoots light and fun. Our goal is to have a video for every song on the album. I think it’s important to have lots of quality content with the current situation we are all living in,” Corbett explained.
Watch the music video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlK2XjbslSA
Another song off the new album titled “Like Suicide” has dark and fascinating lyrics.
“The pangs of love and haunting regret inspired the lyrics. When you give all you have, but in the end, it kills a little piece inside of you. My songs are dark, but I hope people listen and can feel less alone,” Corbett responded.
The music of ACTORS has a synth, new wave, post-punk sound reminiscent of the 1980s.
“I’m a child of the ’80s. I write from the heart and try to let things flow without censoring myself. My influences come through naturally. It’s not something intentional I set out to do. When I started writing ACTORS songs, my only goal was to be honest and sincere.
The band pictured from left to right (in the photo above) are Kendall Wooding, Jason Corbett, Shannon Hemmett, Adam Fink. According to Jason, his bandmates are family. They have a special bond that makes recording and touring special.
“I wouldn’t do this without them. We’re a family that cares about each other. That makes it all worthwhile,” Corbett disclosed.
What song is Jason Corbett most excited to play in Montreal?
“Why you gotta do me like that? You know songs are like children. Well, because this is Montreal, I would say “Only Lonely” because Kendall delivers her vocal line in French,” Corbett replied.
Finally, after nearly a year and a half of lockdown, ACTORS get to tour again. Jason Corbett has a message for fans.
“Thank you for wanting to spend time with us. Let’s make some memories,” Corbett concluded.
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, see ACTORS, THE CITY GATES, and PALISSADE live in Montreal, Quebec. Doors are at 8 pm, the event is 18+, and advance tickets are $17 or $20 at the door. Le Ritz is located at 179 Jean-Talon Ouest.