ACTN (pronounced by saying the letters) was formed in 2013 by Gus Watkins and is comprised of a rotating cast of talented musicians. The band makes soulful, futuristic, avant-garde pop. ACTN is based in Minneapolis.

In 2013 ACTN released two digital 7-inch singles with accompanying music videos and followed up in early 2014 with the Body Out EP as well as a collaboration with dark EDM producer KPT called Deathdance.

The beginning of 2015 found the band touring the southeast United States in support of its “Drinking Your Words” single and video. In April ACTN released the “My Flesh is Weakness” digital 7″.

In October 2016, ACTN released their full-length LP You Will Never Be Known as part of Watkins’ five-album-release residency called Genrebeast. The first single “Cruel Trick” was accompanied by a lyric video.
ACTN’s distinctive songs and videos have been called: textured, intoxicating, nifty, fuzzy, cinematic, innovative, soulful, incredibly catchy, complex, sinister, offbeat, moody, stunning, shadowy, gloomy, dark, and enigmatic.

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Cruel Trick (Lyric Video)

Body Out (Official Video)