Runner Runner Interview… (And Free Music!)

You can download a free single from recent Capitol signees Runner Runner by going here.  This is a re-recorded version of “So Obvious” that will be included on the band’s upcoming full length later this year.  Go help out some of the nicest guys ever!

Runner Runner is made up of the pieces and parts of some great melodic punk bands. Pete Munters, Nick Bailey and James Ulrich hail from Over It; Jon Berry was part of the technically-gifted band Rufio; and Ryan Ogren was the singer and guitarist from Don’t Look Down.

The resulting sound isn’t exactly what you (or I) would expect.  Instead of keeping with the skate-punk vibe, the band is primary a pop act – and they don’t try to hide it.

As a long-time Over It fan, I’ve gotten to know some of the guys a little bit and they agreed to answer some questions about their new project:

[Me]How far along are you in the process for releasing a new Runner Runner album? When do you expect to release it? How many songs have you written so far for the record?

[Nick] We are currently in the studio, working on the album which will be out in the summer. We wrote 40 songs 15 of which will be on the record.

[Me]What’s the songwriting process like? Is it mostly collaborative or done by a couple members? Is anyone the designated lyricist?

[Nick] The song writing process is a rotating effort, we pair off.  Some song are Me (Nick) and Ryan, some are Peter and Ryan.  Same with the lyrics.  Everyone contributes different parts at different times.  Sometimes one person will write a song on their own, other times we’ll all get together and create a song… Thats how we roll.

[Me]The major shifts in your sound and fashion sense suggest you are focused on reaching a younger demographic – can you explain the transition and what your intentions or goals were when you switched from Over It to Runner Runner?

[Ryan] We wanted to write different kind of music, more fun more pop more upbeat and it just seemed that music attracted a younger demographic at the start of the project.  As far as fashion is concerned we can’t help that we look good.  HAHA jk jk, the fashion sense developed within the project it wasn’t conscious effort.

[Me]As a band that has roots in punk rock, how do you make yourselves relevant or endear yourselves to older fans of your previous bands (Over It, Don’t Look Down, Rufio)?

[Ryan] We strive to just write great songs, and assume fans of our old projects will respect what we’re doing and hopefully get on board the Runner Runner train as it barrels down the tracks towards rock and roll superstardom.

[Me]What are your big plans in 2010?

[Ryan] Releasing the first official Runner Runner album, touring the world and beyond, meeting new people and gaining new fans.

[Me]What have you guys been listening to lately for inspiration?

[Ryan] We really like the new Angels and Airwaves, Boyce Avenue, Gloriana, Green River Ordinance, H.I.M, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lights, Tokio Hotel, Owl City, Rascal Flatts, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Taylor Swift, The Veronicas, 3Oh!3, U2.

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