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THE RUN UP – ‘Good Friends, Bad Luck’ EP Review

THE RUN UP – Good Friends, Bad Luck

The Run UpGood Friends, Bad Luck is not only the title of The Run Up’s newest five-track offering, as the Bristol-based melodic punks take inspiration from making the best out of terrible situations, friendships and being true to yourself.

The band’s debut album was extremely well received and saw the group presented with the opportunity to tour the full West Coast of the United States, finishing up with an at-capacity performance at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. By the end of the calendar year, The Run Up will play around seventy-five shows in over ten countries.

The EP was released a couple of weeks ago and opens with the forty-eight second long title track, Good Friends, Bad Luck where melodic guitars are laid down on top of solid beat and the follow up, The Upside Of Being Down kicks in immediately with soaring vocals adding to the tuneful guitars and the entire sound is upbeat, sunny and urgent with a skate-punk vibe.

On Captain, the band continue to showcase some sterling musicianship with an extended guitar lick intro, serrated riffs, pummelling beats and those signature “big vocals” supported by some harmonious backing voices whereas Etherial Ghost offers a little more space building to a chunky, fast-paced (at times) post hardcore effort that just packs in the hooks to the three minute plus package!

The EP closes with Sick Days with a slightly slower approach dominated by dueling vocals of the lead singer and backing voices creating a huge wall of sound approach. If you like your music big, melodic, post-hardcore/skate-punk in style, you’ll love this one.

Check out Good Friends, Bad Luck by The Run Up online here: https://therunupuk.bandcamp.com/album/good-friends-bad-luck

 

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