A Q&A With Run River North

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American indie folk-rock band Run River North peaked my interest over the last year.

Their whimsical sound does a fantastic job of carrying my worries away any time of day.

Regardless if you have heard them or not, click on the video below to check them out in their beautiful song – Run Or Hide

We managed to catch a few minutes of their time, and have a little email Q&A.

Concert Addicts: With the Honda surprise on Jimmy Kimmel, how was that whole situation? Did that change things pretty quickly for all of you?

Run River North: The whole situation was exactly like how the video went – we were completely surprised and don’t have any time to realize that we were going to be on national tv or what that meant for us. Luckily we had our demo cd on iTunes for people to buy, but otherwise it was a really nice firework because we didn’t have anything else around it to propel forward. It was a good talking point for label, publishing meetings and it’s a great way to break that that glassy eyed look people get when you tell them you’re in a band. It was also helpful to show our immigrant parents that what we were doing meant something to more than just our friends.

Concert Addicts: Your second studio album, “Drinking from a Salt Pond”, was only released 3 days ago. I know that is only a short time, but how has the reception been since then?

Run River North: So far, it’s been amazing. Seeing the activity surrounding the second album in so many more places than our last album – I think it speaks to all the effort we put the first time around and having the second album hit harder in every way – sonically, vocally, visually.

Concert Addicts: One of my favorite songs from the latest album is ’29’. It has this sort of Arcade Fire – Reflektor feel, but with more punch. Any chance some the band are Arcade Fire fans?

Run River North: Totally. More than just the songs of Arcade Fire, there seems to be this urgency and honesty throughout their catalog and live show that is inspiring and provoking. 29 is a great one live and its pretty cathartic to play.

Concert Addicts: What sparked the name change from Monsters Calling Home to Run River North?

Run River North: Of Monsters and Men. 😀

Concert Addicts: If you weren’t musicians what would you be doing as a job right now?

Run River North: Part time yoga instructor / part time barista

Concert Addicts: The California music scene seems to breed these bands with epic fan bases. Do you notice this about the California music scene? If so, what do you think causes this extreme level of fan dedication in California specifically?

Run River North: Not sure… Probably the amount of talented bands that come to the west coast? Good weather, good food – it can make a believer out of anyone.

Concert Addicts: It looks like you are booked until early May. Do you have any plans for the summer? Possibly the festival circuit?

Run River North: I hope so, if the invitations and deals come, we’ll be there.

Concert Addicts: We ask this of everyone we talk to. Are there are any lesser-known artists you are enjoying that you think people should check out? This can be any type of artist – music, comedy, writer, etc.

Run River North: He’s definitely been around and not as lesser known but I love Matt Braunger, stand up comedian.

Concert Addicts: We work with an organization called Music Heals. They help get music therapy to those that need it. One thing they do to help spread their name is ask people to finish this sentence – Music Makes Me… Please finish the sentence and then explain why you chose that answer.

Run River North: Music makes me dance, think, hungry, sleepy, dream, wake up, sad, happy, inspired, angry, speechless, speech full – all at once sometimes.

We are hoping to follow up this impromptu digital chat with a in-person one when they hit Vancouver on Tuesday.

They are a great group of musicians making inspiring and captivating music.

You should definitely check them out on their current tour.

Here is a full listing of their current dates:

Mar 05Great American Music HallSan Francisco, CATicket Info
Mar 07The Triple DoorSeattle, WATicket Info
Mar 08Biltmore CabaretVancouver, CanadaTicket Info
Mar 09Alberta Rose TheatrePortland, ORTicket Info
Mar 20The Parish at House of BluesNew Orleans, LATicket Info
Mar 24The SocialOrlando, FLTicket Info
Mar 26Neighborhood TheatreCharlotte, NCTicket Info
Mar 30Off Broadway NightclubSt Louis, MOTicket Info
Mar 31Lincoln HallChicago, ILTicket Info
Apr 01Triple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNTicket Info
Apr 02High Noon SaloonMadison, WITicket Info
Apr 04Ladies Literary Club at Calvin CollegeGrand Rapids, MITicket Info
Apr 05Blind PigAnn Arbor, MITicket Info
Apr 06Horseshoe TavernToronto, CanadaTicket Info
Apr 07Petit CampusMontreal Metro Area, CanadaTicket Info
Apr 08Brighton Music HallAllston, MATicket Info
Apr 09U Street Music HallWashington, DCTicket Info
Apr 10World Cafe Live – UpstairsPhiladelphia, PATicket Info
Apr 12The Gramercy TheatreNew York, NYTicket Info
Apr 13Southern CafeCharlottesville, VATicket Info
Apr 14Cat’s Cradle – Back RoomCarrboro, NCTicket Info
Apr 15VinylAtlanta, GATicket Info
Apr 16Exit/InNashville, TNTicket Info
Apr 17The Syndicate LoungeBirmingham, ALTicket Info
Apr 19Walter’s DowntownHouston, TXTicket Info
Apr 20Stubb’s Jr.Austin, TXTicket Info
Apr 21Cambridge Room at House Of BluesDallas, TXTicket Info
Apr 23Larimer LoungeDenver, COTicket Info
Apr 29The Constellation RoomSanta Ana, CATicket Info
May 0599.9 the Buzz Low Dough ShowSouth Burlington, VTTicket Info

(Cover photo credit – Joshua Telles)

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