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Interview – Run Rabbit Run + Stream

Stream Run Rabbit Run‘s new single ‘We Don’t Know‘ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

We’re Casey and Michael from Melbourne folk-rock band, Run Rabbit Run. We are dual-lead vocalists, and guitarists among a few other instruments.

 

How did the band start?

Casey: Michael and I were a few years apart in high school and didn’t really know each other that well. We coincidentally ran into each other again on a Melbourne musos forum, and jammed a few songs I’d been working on. We started writing together and experimenting with new instruments. We found members to join us over the next few months, and formed Run Rabbit Run.

How would you describe your band?

Casey: We’re probably best described as progressive folk-rock. We’re inspired a lot by more modern folk bands. We also have a bit of country vibe, and are influenced by some heavier bands and the interesting ways they structure their songs. Our newer songs are a lot darker and more atmospheric than the last few tunes we released. That’s kind of where we’re headed now.

 

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

Casey: Lights from the upcoming EP. It’s probably not the most representative of what we sound like overall, but writing it was a bit of a defining moment for me and I think I set a benchmark for myself as a songwriter and lyricist with that tune.

Michael: Sticks is a big one for me. It’s always a heap of fun to play live, it’s fast paced, full of catchy bits and it’s all around a pretty intense song with all that’s going on in it. I think it’s a decent example of what people think of when they think of us.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

 

Michael: We were chatting to someone after a show one time, and what he said was that our songs took him by surprise, and often went in directions he didn’t expect. He described us as Prog Folk-Rock, which we’ve taken on and think describes us well.

Casey: I think we put a lot of attention into detail, in our lyric writing and song structures. We like to experiment a bit with the direction we take our songs. People also seem to enjoy that we have two lead vocalists with pretty different song styles, which probably gives us a bit of intrigue. We put a lot of energy into live shows as well, and the stage is generally jam packed with instruments, more than what most smaller acts would really want to lug along to every show.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

Bandcamp, Spotify, Itunes, Triple J Unearthed, Youtube, Pornhub.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)? 

We’re heading off on a mini tour to promote our single in a few weeks time.

FEBRUARY 11th The Toff in Town MELBOURNE

w/ Mcrobin & Noah Earp

FEBRUARY 24thThe Loft WARRNAMBOOL

w/ Dan Hannaford & Cooper Lower Music

FEBRUARY 25thDolly’s Sister Vegan Café & Bar GEELONG (Acoustic)

MARCH 4th The Vic on the Park SYDNEY

w/ Stockley

MARCH 4thGlebe Markets SYDNEY (Acoustic)

 

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 

Michael: Finishing recording the EP, after we’d packed up our gear and were on our way out of the studio. We were all buzzing and it was a really big moment for us.

Casey: As well as finishing the EP, I felt a huge sense of achievement as the string and horn quartets were playing the arrangement for our track Old Soul that I worked on for over a year. Arranging those parts was such a huge deal in my life, and I felt all this weight lift as they were playing it out like I’d heard in my head.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

 

The Peeks – Their new album Grow up/Grow down is absolutely amazing.

Slowly Slowly – Their debut album Chamomile has some really huge moments, and really effortless and brilliant song writing.

Elliot Friend –They’re a little local band and very close friends of ours. Their song writing and lyricism is out of this world.

 

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Naaaaah.