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'Runner Runner' Brings their A-Game to Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church


As the first band signed to David Letterman’s new Clear Entertainment label, expectations are pretty high forRunner Runner performed downstairs this past Friday March 18, at the First Unitarian Church as one of three supporting acts for headliners A Rocket to the Moon. Photo; Diane Cooney. Runner Runner. They performed downstairs this past Friday March 18, at the First Unitarian Church as one of three supporting acts for headliners A Rocket to the Moon.
From the number of Runner Runner shirts in the audience, the band has clearly begun to create a solid fan base in Philadelphia after having two successful tours last year. They came out for a quick sound check and happily posed for pictures with fans before heading backstage to make their grand entrance.
Runner Runner played a short tight set of six songs, including their single, “So Obvious”. They have great stage presence – and a lot of energy. The guitarists, bassists and singer all move across the stage and lean into the audience – risking a foot through the sound wedge. It was a bit surprising to see how young the audience was – but as they enthusiastically shrieked – it was an amusing reminder that this was an all ages show.

The band returned to Philadelphia as part of their tour to support their new self-titled album (released in partnership with Capitol and MRV) that came out February 15th and was produced by Dave Darling (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer, Soulive). The band members include front man Ryan Ogren, guitarists Nick Bailey and Peter Munters, bassist Jon Berry and drummer James Ulrich. The gentlemen came together after some of their earlier musical ventures ended. They site influences including Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick, as well as the pop rock of The Killers and Third Eye Blind.  

The band sported t-shirts, skinny jeans, and short spiky haircuts- guess that’s hipster-punk. The band really engaged the audience – acknowledging fans in between songs. Ogren shared with the audience that he grew up around here, in Vineland, New Jersey, and that he’ll be returning to the area to get married.

Last year, Runner Runner made their late night television debut performing their debut single “So Obvious” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in June. In September, they performed on “The Late Show With David Letterman."  You can check out an acoustic version of their current single ‘Hey Alli'.

The band’s name is inspired from a Texas Hold-em term, which means that you win by getting the last two cards you need to beat your opponents. As shown by their strong performance, Runner Runner relies on hard work, not luck.

Here’s the tracklisting from their LP:

So Obvious
Paper Cuts
Hate the Way
Hey Ali
Life After You
She's the Kinda Girl
History, Her Story
See You Around
Running Away


Contact Diane Cooney at dcooney@philly2philly.com

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