The Actualities: Self-titled
By Shaun Chait
Newcomers to the Wellington scene The Actualities have dived right in with this eight track release coming just a year into their career. I haven't sighted the five piece much around town, but will look a bit harder after hearing this promising debut. With a modern while distinctly old school indie pop sound, their breezy yet melancholic tunes are laden with hooks and hum-ability. There is probably more of a '90s influence than an '80s one. The self-comparison the band makes to Coldplay is a bad reference point - they are more indie than that. Something in there reminds me of the early (unsigned) Breathe, including the vocals. Their chanted sections work well and there's a real feel about this release. Everything about this band (their profile, the packaging, the artwork) is low key, which suits their sound well. It will be interesting to see what direction The Actualities take as they settle into their groove over the next 18 months, but this serves as an inviting introduction.