The Actual (band)

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The Actual
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2001–2007
LabelsSoftdrive Records
RED Distribution
MembersMax Bernstein
Rob Obee
Jeremy Bonsall
Ben Flanagan

The Actual were a four-piece alternative rock group from Los Angeles, California headed by guitarist and singer Max Bernstein. They were signed to Eyeball Records and released one album as a three-piece for the label, "Songs On Radio Idaho", before signing with Scott Weiland's label Softdrive Records.[1] They opened for the supergroup Velvet Revolver at the Aladdin Hotel in the summer of 2005 and also played the Volcom stage on the 2007 Warped Tour. In 2005, The Actual contributed two songs "Promised Land" and "Dancing On The Perimeter" to the film "Bewitched" (2005).

The Actual's second album In Stitches was released on May 31, 2007 on the Softdrive label.[2][3] They promoted the album by touring as the opening act for Velvet Revolver on their Spring 2007 club tour. Weiland is the co-producer of In Stitches. The album's first single, "This is the Worst Day of My Life," was selected as song-of-the-week on MySpace in late May 2007. In late 2007, The Actual parted ways.


  • Max Bernstein- vocals, guitar
  • Rob Obee- drums
  • Jeremy Bonsall- bass
  • Ben Flanagan- guitar, vocals

Discography details[edit]

The Red EP (2001, Eyeball Records)[edit]

  1. Shells
  2. Cold Inside
  3. Big Trouble in Little China
  4. I Don't Want to Know
  5. Manhattan

Songs on Radio Idaho (2003, Eyeball Records)[edit]

Songs on Radio Idaho cover art

Songs on Radio Idaho is the band's first album. It was released on September 2, 2003 by Eyeball.

Songs on Radio Idaho track listing
  1. The Proof
  2. The Glow Wears Off
  3. Cold Inside
  4. Hospitality Girl
  5. Keep You in a Bottle
  6. A Way Around It
  7. I Am an Item
  8. So Long
  9. Cameron
  10. Across the Country
  11. When the Dishes Decide to Break
  12. The Shines
  13. Radio Idaho

In Stitches (2007, Softdrive)[edit]

  1. The Pride Of The Echelon
  2. This Is The Worst Day Of My Life (Do You Want To Come Over)
  3. September Had A Trigger Finger
  4. If You See Her
  5. Permanent Kitten
  6. Needle Park
  7. To All The Plain Janes
  8. Between The Bridge And The Chapel
  9. Dancing On The Perimeter
  10. Sending You A Signal
  11. Lindsay Never Gets Lonely
  12. Stay In My Rectangle
  13. Hospitality Girl


  1. ^ Apar, Corey. "The Actual - Biography". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2011-08-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "'In Stitches' - The Actual". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2011-08-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Donnelly, Dave. "The Actual - 'In Stitches' (Staff Review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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