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The Actual


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The Actual were a band from 2001-2007. We had a great time.
Max (founder/siner/guitarist) has a new band with a political bent called Max and the Marginalized. Their page is at Ben (other singer/guitarist) has a new band called The Trophy Fire at

“We never let starvation or icy roads get in our way”, muses Max Bernstein, singer/guitarist of The Actual.

Indeed, the ultra-literate rock combo, rounded out by guitarist + singer Ben Flanagan and brothers Jeremy and Aaron Bonsall on bass & drums have covered many a mile on little more than a healthy dose of we-think-we-can and an ‘82 Econoline that thankfully shares that sentiment. Shortly after their first show on Easter Sunday of 2001, The Actual have spent most of their time on tour playing pretty much to anyone who would listen at just about any place that would book them, sometimes with questionable results. “We played to a room full of angry bikers in Idaho once. That caused me to rethink my booking policy,” says Max.

Thankfully, people DID start to listen, and one of those people was rock legend Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, who promptly signed the band to his new RED/New West/SonyBMG co-venture Softdrive Records. Scott took the band out of the bars and basements and onto a string of arena shows with Velvet Revolver, and co-produced the bands new album. “We played a hotel bar in Nevada to 12 people one night and the next night pulled our van up to the Aladdin in Las Vegas and played to 4,000 people.


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  • elephantparades

    Man, the first time I heard this band was when they were handing out a three song EP back in, what, maybe 2004? 2005? Great stuff.

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • skabiez

    anyone know where to get their music? cant find their stuff anywhere on the net.

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Groceryfiend

    Cold Inside is actually one of my all time favorite songs. I just needed to say that

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • Bakkster_Man

    Saw these guys open for Ozma last year. Great band, and one of the best opening acts I've ever seen.

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • nymetsman00

    can someone send me in stitches. i only have pride of echelon. i rele want to listen on my ipod.

    12 Jun 2007 Reply
  • S9DallasOz

    Hmm...Touring w/ Velvet Revolver, we'll see how that goes.

    9 Apr 2007 Reply

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