Thursday, March 12, 2009

Run Run Run at Nicolby’s in Ventura, CA: Meijin's Live Show Review

On February 25, 2009, Nicolby’s (Club A.D.D), supporters of local and unsigned artists welcomed Run Run Run and openers In the Red to its stage. Located in downtown Ventura, California, the club’s external façade blends well with the surrounding shops' modern spin on a frontier feel. Ascending flights of carpeted stairs, club goers enter a sizable, neon-embellished space, highlighted by the stage, scattered bar tables with comfortable seating, an excellent selection of house music, and a well-stocked bar and friendly tender. At door-opening hour, Run Run Run treated early arrivers and bar hoppers to a sound check that previewed the two-storied venue’s quality acoustics.

Hitting the stage with their autograph swell of reverb and sirens, sporadic strobes, and bellowing smoke machines, Run Run Run surprised listeners by opening with a duo of freshly formulated tracks. “What You Are” and “Wishing Well” intermingled the best of RRR’s signature psychedelic sentiment and alternative rock angst into intricate instrument-vocal interplay. Continuing with their stellar cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” Rx3’s glimmering rotating stage lights ricocheted off the Nicolby’s hardwood dance floor. Run Run Run unveiled another of their latest compositions, “Uptown,” which stood out with infectious dance beats and funky guitar riffs which that contrasted with the more ominous and streamlined “On My Way.” The title track of their current EP and accompaniment to an artsy music video, “Good Company” sustained the band’s polished set:

“10,000 Feet,” the final preview of new tunes, launched into flowing melodies that surged with tension and dove into waves of distortion. The band returned to their 2007 release Endless Winter with the consistently grabbing “Wire,” elevating “Skyscraper,” and heart-rendering “Wait Up For You,” which is now available as a downloadable cell phone ringer, and their closer, a reformulated version of “Song and Dance.”

Run Run Run will head back into the studio to put finishing touches on their new tracks and lay down additional works. By summertime, an EP will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, please visit Run Run Run's Myspace, and “ and download Endless Winter and their Good Company EP on iTunes. RRR can also be found on Facebook; be sure to friend and fan them!

by Meijin Bruttomesso

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