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 05||Great American Music Hall||San Francisco, CA||Ticket Info|
|Mar 07||The Triple Door||Seattle, WA||Ticket Info|
|Mar 08||Biltmore Cabaret||Vancouver, Canada||Ticket Info|
|Mar 09||Alberta Rose Theatre||Portland, OR||Ticket Info|
|Mar 20||The Parish at House of Blues||New Orleans, LA||Ticket Info|
|Mar 24||The Social||Orlando, FL||Ticket Info|
|Mar 26||Neighborhood Theatre||Charlotte, NC||Ticket Info|
|Mar 30||Off Broadway Nightclub||St Louis, MO||Ticket Info|
|Mar 31||Lincoln Hall||Chicago, IL||Ticket Info|
|Apr 01||Triple Rock Social Club||Minneapolis, MN||Ticket Info|
|Apr 02||High Noon Saloon||Madison, WI||Ticket Info|
|Apr 04||Ladies Literary Club at Calvin College||Grand Rapids, MI||Ticket Info|
|Apr 05||Blind Pig||Ann Arbor, MI||Ticket Info|
|Apr 06||Horseshoe Tavern||Toronto, Canada||Ticket Info|
|Apr 07||Petit Campus||Montreal Metro Area, Canada||Ticket Info|
|Apr 08||Brighton Music Hall||Allston, MA||Ticket Info|
|Apr 09||U Street Music Hall||Washington, DC||Ticket Info|
|Apr 10||World Cafe Live – Upstairs||Philadelphia, PA||Ticket Info|
|Apr 12||The Gramercy Theatre||New York, NY||Ticket Info|
|Apr 13||Southern Cafe||Charlottesville, VA||Ticket Info|
|Apr 14||Cat’s Cradle – Back Room||Carrboro, NC||Ticket Info|
|Apr 15||Vinyl||Atlanta, GA||Ticket Info|
|Apr 16||Exit/In||Nashville, TN||Ticket Info|
|Apr 17||The Syndicate Lounge||Birmingham, AL||Ticket Info|
|Apr 19||Walter’s Downtown||Houston, TX||Ticket Info|
|Apr 20||Stubb’s Jr.||Austin, TX||Ticket Info|
|Apr 21||Cambridge Room at House Of Blues||Dallas, TX||Ticket Info|
|Apr 23||Larimer Lounge||Denver, CO||Ticket Info|
|Apr 29||The Constellation Room||Santa Ana, CA||Ticket Info|
|May 05||99.9 the Buzz Low Dough Show||South Burlington, VT||Ticket Info|
(Cover photo credit – Joshua Telles)