The Act-Ups

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The Act-Ups
Promo shot for the Act-ups by Rui Serrano, 2008.
Promo shot for the Act-ups by Rui Serrano, 2008.
Background information
OriginBarreiro, Portugal
garage rock
LabelsHey, Pachuco! Recs., Groovie Records, Beatnickmoon
WebsiteThe Act-Ups' Myspace
MembersNick Nicotine
Johnny Intense
Pistol Pete
N. Very
Tony Fetiche
Past membersGomez (Was made for love)

The Act-Ups are a Portuguese band formed in Barreiro, in 2001. Formed from the ashes of Country-Punk band The Sullens, they started up with a formation consisting of three guitars, bass, organ and drums. Their first record, I bet you love us too, released through Hey, Pachuco! Recs. in 2003 is a mix of Garage Rock; Punk and Soul, with a guitar driven sound and excellent song work.[1]

Their second record, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell was released in 2006 through Hey, Pachuco! Recs. on CD. The record was also released in a European limited edition through Spanish label Beatnickmoon Rock and Roll Crafts. This record is a more mature and dark record without losing the ingredients that make the Act-Ups' sound so recognizable: fuzz and great soul songs. Band's line-up changed with Pistol Pete replacing Hellso on the drums and Gomez (was made for love) leaving the band.[2]

With this record the band had great acceptance in Spain, which led them to tour the country several times. Later that year the band released an EP (Take me Home) through Groovie Records. Music from that record was used in "Um ano mais longo", a movie by director Marco Martins.[3]

In September 2008 the band released their 3rd album, The Act-Ups Play The Old Psychedelic Sounds of Today, recorded at Estúdio King in Barreiro. It was released on CD and LP through Hey, Pachuco! Recs. and Groovie Records.[4]

The band's current line-up is:

Nick Nicotine: Vocals, guitar
N Very: Guitar
Johnny Intense: Guitar
Pistol Pete: Drums, vocals
Tony Fetiche: Bass


  • I bet you love us too (2003)
  • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (2006)
  • Take me Home EP(2006)
  • The Act-Ups play the old psychedelic sounds of today (2008)
  • Homo Zugadita Quasar Monacant (2015)


  1. ^ Rosa, Fernando (2007-07-27). "'I Bet You Love Us Too': de Portugal, a garagem da Europa".
  2. ^ Renna, Daniel (2006-10-01). "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (PDF).
  3. ^ Nicotine, Nick (2007-10-01). "Maestro Nick Nicotine's Myspace".
  4. ^ A, Trompa (2008-06-29). "À espera: The Act-Ups Play The Old Psychedelic Sounds Of Today".

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