Run River North just began a summer long tour and it continued this past Monday night, when the indie- rockers headlined a show at Stage AE’s The Club with the Arkells and Cobi. The show kicked off with Los Angeles based soul singer-songwriter Cobi, who made a solid impression with his wild, dynamic vocals and passionate performance. He played his most notable track “Don’t Cry for Me”, which was an insightful narrative about being able to come back from hardship and having some perspective. Following Cobi, The Arkells took the stage and gave an elevating performance that increasingly energized the audience. The Arkells lead singer’ Nick Dika doesn’t accept a low-key mood and made a sincere effort at including the crowd and get them dancing. Arkells’ use of upbeat, catchy arrangements and harmonious vocals never declined and brought a charismatic energy to the room and were a pleasure to watch.
Finally, Run River North came on stage to the Jurassic Park Theme song, which gave a nice laugh. The Californian band played a variety material from their debut self-entitled album, their sophomore album Drinking from A Salt Pond and EP named Superstitions, which elated the whole crowd. Run River North has a more rockier sound, but brings to mind the music styles of the Icelandic band; Of Monsters & Men.
In the middle of their set, they played a cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside”, which was an interesting and well-crafted arrangement. The gradual build of their songs’ intensity and genuine narratives resonate with you and engulf your focus. The band brings a refreshing authenticity and originality you don’t usually come across all that often. The range and dynamic vocal abilities of all the band members meld in a great combination and capture your attention. One of the songs that grabbed the crowd the most, was called “Funeral Parade”, which was about how to not forget to celebrate being present and living life amongst challenging times. Run River North illustrated that the quiet moments in songs can be just as enjoyable, memorable and powerful as the loud ones. They provide you with a moving performance and one that echoes in your mind for the days that follow.
Check out the title track from their most recent release called “Superstitions”