POZ Showcase: Runaway Brother
Somewhere between anguish and quirky lies Cleveland, Ohio area natives, Runaway Brother. Their brand of desperate, odd-ball pop-rock is compelling and refreshing. Take the jam, “Lola” off of the group’s recent EP, Bedhead: the fast-paced rocker smells of something unique but still harbors a familiar charm. Runaway Brother’s ability to incorporate what makes Rock n’ Roll work into a fresh new stew creates one enthralling musical output. So while you may think you hear a little bit of Weezer here or a dash of Motion City Soundtrack there, you get quintessential Runaway Brother everywhere.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Jacob Lee - singing, guitar
Charles Gunn - synth, guitar
Mike Pool - guitar
Ian Phillips - drums
Ian Lee - bass
This is our live setup. On the record we all play a lot of everything!
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Suburbia of Cleveland, Ohio. We all come from different parts.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Charlie and I played in bands back in high school and met at a Battle of the Bands concert! Both of our bands got into the finals and we grew to become friends. I asked him on a whim if he’d like to work on an unnamed “project” and play bass or keys and we ended up coming up with about 20 or so (rough) demos of songs in the summer of 2010; you can hear some of these on our first two EPs, Mr. Saturn and The Bull Moose Party.
Why should people listen to your band?
Why should people listen to your band?
How have you grown since you started?
Well, I’d like to say we’ve really been doing the same thing since we started. We’re experimenting with different sounds just as much as when it was just Charlie and I watching Arrested Development and playin’ guitar licks in my basement. We’re just a full band with a bit more experience. (But certainly not enough of that!)
What sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
I couldn’t answer this question without sounding biased so my friend Kameron will for me. Thanks pal!
“Your music doesn’t fall into one specific genre. RB writes what sounds good to them at the time. And they’re all a bunch of hunks. Huzzah!”
What’s the best part about being in your band?
For me, it’s being able to jam with some of my greatest friends. They’ve all got a great sense of humor and a diverse taste in music that I have to thank them for.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Jacob - Ween
Charlie - Joni Mitchell
Mike - Death Cab for Cutie
Ian P - Cake
Ian L - The Early November
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
We’ve released three EPs, most recent being Bedhead. We finished demoing a full-length album and plan to go into the studio a few times over the coming months. Also we’ll be going on a short tour. More information on that soon!
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
Early on when we first started playing shows we got the chance to open for Farewell Continental. I’m a big fan of Motion City Soundtrack so getting to chat with all of the members was very cool for me. They all seemed interested in our music. Justin compared us to Weezer and Piebald! That was a pretty big compliment for me.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
If it makes you feel anything at all, ya make me happy.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
More diversity and less apathy.
What bands that are your contemporaries have you begun playing with or forming a relationship with that you recommend to your fans?
WOLF CREEK, THE HOTEL YEAR, CROOKSHANKS, CALL IT FICTION, and our new buds in TIGER! TIGER!
How did your band’s name come about?
It’s a tribute to the Runaway Five from the underrated SNES cart, Earthbound. Which is a tribute to the Blues Brothers!
What’s the biggest mistake someone’s made while playing?
I break strings all the time. Thankfully, it’s not normally a huge deal. I play way too hard (laughs).
Any pre-performance rituals?
I walk around a lot before shows. Pre-show jitters. Can’t stand sitting still before playing!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
New music stuff soon! Look for updates on our Facebook and Twitter! I’d like to thank Meeze for the opportunity to be showcased on POZ. Thank you!
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*This Showcase was compiled, written, and edited by Michael Meeze
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