It was released in the UK on 18 August 2013. It has been described as having a funk-like catchy guitar sound. A video of the new single, directed by Jonas Odell, was released online on 7 July and features the band performing in an environment similar to their previous video "Take Me Out" (which was also directed by Odell) as the song's lyrics also appear on the screen.
To date it has moderate success reaching number 39 on the UK Indie Chart, number 28 in the US Alternative music Billboard Chart and Number 22 in the Japanese Singles Chart.
The lyrics for "Right Action" were inspired by a postcard found by lead singer Alex Kapranos at a London flea market that contained the words "come home, practically all is nearly forgiven".
The song was first used in the album trailer for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. On 27 June 2013, the official audio track was released on YouTube and made available for digital download. The official video for "Right Action" was released on 7 July on the band's Vevo channel. The single was also released physically as a translucent neon pink 7" double A side, with "Love Illumination" being the other single.