Inspired by acts from the ’80s such as Joy Division, New Order, and Roxy Music, Actors are a post-punk/darkwave quartet from Vancouver, British Columbia. Formed in 2012 by vocalist/guitarist Jason Corbett, the lineup was completed with the addition of synth/vocalist Shannon Hemmett, drummer Adam Fink, and bass guitarist Jahmeel Russell. Soon after forming, they began to earn a reputation on the live circuit in and around Vancouver and put out their first 7″, Post Traumatic Love/Nightlife via local label Northern Light Records. That year also saw the appearance of a remix EP which included reworkings of the single from acts such as fellow Canadian outfit Humans and Russian vocalist Felix Bondarev.
They went on to independently release several singles throughout the following years while touring throughout Canada and the U.S. 2017 saw the release of the Reanimated EP which featured remastered versions of various tracks from 2012 onward before they signed with the Toronto-based Artoffact Records. They put out their label debut and first full-length, It Will Come to You, in March of 2018.
ACTORS spent the 18 months after the release of It Will Come to You touring the USA, Canada, and Europe, while hitting many of the best-loved festivals, including Terminus Festival, Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Cold Waves, Infest, A Murder of Crows, and many others. The band gave sessions to LA’s Part Time Punks and Seattle’s KEXP, while their songs “Slaves” & “Crystal” found their way to episodes of the Netflix series The Order, and “We Don’t Have to Dance” was featured in Nancy Drew. ACTORS’ vinyl entered its third pressing in 2019, and the band announced further tour dates on both sides of the pond.
In Late 2020, ACTORS announced a new single, “Love U More,” with Juno-Award winning director Peter Ricq contributing his talents to the accompanying video. They also announced new member Kendall Wooding on bass and the departure of Jahmeel Russell who wished to focus on other projects.
Today, the band’s sophomore album Acts of Worship is released on Artoffact Records in 2021.