Four-piece indie rockers Runaway Hounds, deliver high energy, driving indie rock, inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peace, and Arctic Monkeys. They release their second single 'Sophie', today, February 23, following last year's debut, 'Rattlesnake'.
Who are you?
I'm Callum Ford and play drums for Runaway Hounds (as well as backing vocals). The other members of the band are Owen Stavenuiter - lead vocalist, rhythm guitar; Kent Stavenuiter (Owen's twin brother) - lead guitar; Dan Glover - bass.
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?
Owen, Kent and Dan were mates at school in Wolverhampton and could often be found jamming together in the music department. After seeing local shows by young emerging artists, and experiencing the growing 'Wolftown' scene in their hometown, they were inspired to step things up a notch and become part of all the excitement. Soon after Callum joined and things just snowballed from there through lots of gigging and songwriting.
Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.
We like to describe our sound as driving, high energy indie rock. We try and write songs so they sound as big as possible with riffs that are really contagious, and lyrics that tell a story.
We all listen to a diverse selection of music genres but we share a middle ground of being huge fans of indie and alternative music, which is where the majority of our influence is drawn from. We love bands like Catfish and The Bottlemen, Peace and the Arctic Monkeys and would say that our songs reflect certain elements from these artists.
Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.
Nine out of ten times Owen will bring along the backbone of a song with lyrics and an idea for the riff and we'll work together to form the rest of the parts around that and really fill the sound out. However, in the case of Sophie, our new single, Kent actually brought the song to us. Originally it was an acoustic track but as soon as we tried it electrically we knew we were onto something. It took several months to refine it to where it is now, making some major structural changes as far down the line as in the recording studio.
Tell us a little about your new single.
'Sophie' is our second single and we feel pushes our sound further than ever before. Dance-worthy riffs, powerful vocals and passionate lyricism is offered in a track that crescendos into a soaring finale. 'Sophie' tells the story of a girl, careless of her actions and the hearts that she breaks, from the perspective of a person struggling through a toxic relationship. The track was recorded across two days at RML Studios in Wolverhampton and produced by Ryan Pinson.
Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?
Our next live performance will be at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton on March 29.
We've got lots of really exciting things lined up for this year. No doubt we'll be doing lots of live shows where we'll showcase some new material we've been working hard on. We're also jumping back into the studio in June to get two more songs recorded, so you can look forward to hearing more from us towards the end of the year.
Where can we hear more of your music?
Our music is up on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play and just about any other major music platform you can think of. If you want to catch one of our live shows and hear our unreleased tracks, we perform lots in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, although are looking to visit some different cities in 2018 after playing a really enjoyable set in London earlier this month.
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