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Red Light Runner


South East Kent Four-Piece Red Light Runner re-formed in 2014 after a 6 year hiatus. Made up of Dan Balsom (Guitar / Vox), Russell France (Guitar), Lee Vickery (Bass) and Joe Michael (Drums), the band's new EP What Are You Thinking About? was their first new material since 2014’s Double A-Side Single Lucky Thirteen / Just Might Find and released through Engineer Records on October 2, 2016 via all major digital outlets.

The lyric video for the title track from the EP, "What Are You Thinking About?" is out now and can be seen on the bands YouTube channel; the EP launch show takes place on October 22nd, where physical copies of the EP will be available for the first time along with new merchandise.

Their catchy pop-tinged brand of Emo Indie Rock draws comparisons to bands like Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day and The Gaslight Anthem.

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If you followed a couple of previous articles, perhaps you already notice that Engineer Records is entirely into melodic punk rock, pop-punk, emo, indie, and alternative. Judging by the batch of compact discs I’ve got for an in-depth examination, the label specializes in profoundly melodic music that soothes the soul. That’s the case about the Under The Weather, five-song extended play by Red Light Runner. This material also happens to be their fifth release under the Engineer etiquette. Previously they released a two-song demo, a debut self-titled EP, acoustic demo called Questions, a single named The First Time, and a double A-side single Just Might Find/Lucky Thirteen. Then the group released another extended play entitled What Are You Thinking About and a live recording Live At The Treadmill.

For those who’re not familiar with their music, Red Light Runner is profoundly into emo sound, but the band doesn’t hesitate to include some appropriate ingredients along the way. Besides delicate emotiveness demonstrated throughout this extended play, the group adds up essentials of indie music, decorated by notable pop-punk elements. Red Light Runner combines these ingredients by delivering slightly distorted thematics characteristic for contemporary emo/indie scene. Themes consist of appealing guitar dualities, mainly showcased through energetic palm-muted chord progressions on one, and structured guitar leads on the other side. The rhythm guitars eventually let it loose on choruses, which benefits the broader melancholic atmosphere that the entire group tries to achieve. Still, the main focus remains on the delightful guitar licks, mainly comprised of arpeggios, octaves, and constructive solos. Both guitars shred with such ease, and ultimate precision is the main characteristic of these experienced musicians.

Astounding musicianship of the bass player is equally hearable as guitars, and his performance defies mentioned melodies with completely mindblowing basslines. Warm sounding tones accommodate the ambiance through wondrously executed technicalities that also provide enough mass to saturate the crispy clear sound of both guitars. Nothing would sound so brilliant without the expansive drumming performance. His orchestrations span over so many different styles, technics, acrobatics, but in the end, exceptional articulation accentuates the performance of the entire group. Red Light Runner operates as a completely operational singular organism with a sole purpose to impress admirers of both emo, indie, and pop-punk sound.

The compositions are marvelously structured, defined, complex, but easy to listen at the very same time. The group thought about every next move, and each number appears as a desperately needed continuation of the story. It’s a comprehensive collection of heartful songwriting and impressive composing, showcased through five thoroughly emotive compositions that will satisfy those who’re looking out for a group that understands contemporary music trends, but still, keeps something unique inside. Under The Weather comes on a compact disc housed in a printed cardboard sleeve, so check out Engineer Records store for more detailed info about ordering.

-Djordje Miladinović

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Opening track ‘First Time’ is a rush of unadulterated energy; slick riffs crash down atop of tight drum work, before launching into title track ‘What Are You Thinking About?’ The vocals on this track are reminiscent of early Jimmy Eat World: dynamic, bouncy, and vibrant.

With a dollop of feel good heartiness, Red Light Runner continue onwards with their fun and quirky release. ‘Make You Pay’ piles on the gang vocals well, without sounding too much like a cliché, and it immediately becomes a track that will see crowds in small rooms put their arms around each and sing along with enthusiasm and pure joy. ‘Right Place Wrong Time’ sees the killer vocals make their mark once again; they’re strong and steady, refusing to waver whatsoever, whilst closing track ‘Be Mine Again’ ends this release with a shot of fizzy adrenaline.

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