Run River North To Release Self-Titled Debut (Feb 25); NPR Weekend Edition Feature Available Now
Newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) is set to release their self-titled debut on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. With only a 6-song demo, the band has already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, been shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival, performed at the Grammy Museum for its members, sold out LA’s famed Troubadour and garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views.
This past Saturday, Run River North was featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to discuss the various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on the album. All band members came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members. "Our parents don’t have white collar jobs. My father worked at Wienerschnitzel; that was his first job when he came [to the US]. Our parents sacrificed their lives for us. I think that why there's such a strong sense of family in each of us. They wished for us to live the American Dream. And we finally find that in music,” says guitarist Daniel Chae. To listen to the full interview, click HERE.
To support the “Fight To Keep” single release on October 15, the sextet head to New York for their only 2013 east coast performance. On Friday, October 18, the band will perform at Rockwood Music Hall as part of CMJ Music Marathon. After New York, the band will head west for a month-long residency at Hotel Café, starting Wednesday, November 6.
Recorded with renowned record producer Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins), the album burgeons with richly layered harmonies, dynamic instrumentation and evocative storytelling. The somber track “Lying Beast” is based on a melody from an ancient Korean folk song about unrequited love between a couple on a mountain pass. The song “Monsters Calling Home” is about immigrant parents and the hardships of “digging for worth under a foreign sun.” On “Growing Up” acoustic strums comingle with sweeping violins, as the chorus calls out with gentle urgency.
Run River North is Alex Hwang (lead vocals, guitars), Daniel Chae (vocals, strings), Jennifer Rim (strings), Joe Chun (bass, vocals), John Chong (drums, vocals) and Sally Kang (vocals, keyboards).
In the coming weeks, stay tuned for information regarding Run River North.
1. Monsters Calling Home
3. Lying Beast
4. Run River North
5. Growing Up
6. Fight To Keep
7. In The Water
12. Rain (Bonus Track)
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