EP REVIEW: The Run Up – Good Friends, Bad Luck

Release Date: September 28th 2018
Label: Real Ghost Records/Get Party Records
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Bristolian quintet The Run Up are set to release their EP, ‘Good Friends, Bad Luck’, unveiling their latest take on the punk rock genre to the world; a release which follows on from their self-titled debut album last year.

Upon first listening to this EP, the viscerality of this record immediately stands out. The group chanted vocals of which are prominent across the release really adds to its rawness, possibly hinting at the tightly knit bond that this band appears to have in a way unique to the punk rock genre.

‘Good Friends, Bad Luck’ opens up with an eponymous instrumental track. With the chugged power chords from the rhythm guitar and broken chords of the lead guitar, the track takes on a generic pop-punk leaning feel. It’s a piece that may flow and work better in a live setting, but as a part of the EP feels inessential.

Lead single ‘The Upside Of Being Down’ serves as a perfect example of what’s to be expected from this band. Living up to its punk rock roots, the track wastes no time with introductions. The gravelled vocals and roaring, distorted power chords immediately explode through your speakers, with the sporadic lead guitar jumping around the scale frantically giving a seemingly unplanned feel. The pitching and diction of the vocals on the chorus (“You told me anything was possible”) seems to waver slightly off key, and, whilst the group vocals add a level of endearment to the track, the melodies are somewhat forgettable.

‘Good Friends, Bad Luck’ is an EP birthed through good intentions and true authenticity. However, moments like the braggadocious drum fill during the introduction of ‘Captain’ captivate the most attention and stick in your memory for all of the wrong reasons. The lack of distinctiveness or indelible moments make it hard to warrant repeated listens.