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RUNNERS: Live@Leeds2012 & new CHARLIE CAKE tunes!

RUNNERS play Live At Leeds 2012 on Saturday 5th May 2012, venue and time to be announced…
Full information, tickets, etc: http://www.liveatleeds.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/liveatleedsofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/liveatleeds2012

And now for something you may not have been expecting…

We just wanted to point you in the direction of our close friend who has just unleashed his first solo tracks: http://soundcloud.com/charlie-cake




Photographic evidence of RUNNERS covering MINOR THREAT at Label Love Leeds – Our Band Could Be Your Life (19th November 2011 @ Brudenell Social Club). Thanks to everyone for making the entire day completely heart-warming and full funs! Photo by Bart Pettman. Keep your ears peeled because the entire gig was recorded so tracks from all the bands who played may or may not be made available…

RUNNERS – Gig announcements, new Bandcamp site

First up, we’ve made a new RUNNERS site at Bandcamp, where you can listen to our tunes, buy them (and download others for free!), buy our t-shirts, etc… http://wearerunners.bandcamp.com

Next up is an administration apology to everyone expectantly awaiting the arrival of the next Monthly Marathon – confusion over whose turn it was to mix resulted in none of us making one for September. Ooops… Sorry! Monthly Marathon mixes will be back on track ASAP!

Looking back to the summer (yup, it’s all grey and damp now), Leeds Guide published an article on the Sony/PIAS warehouse fire and its effect on Leeds bands (including us).

We’re ready to move on from that mishap, chin up (etc)… we’ve started to gather a fair stack of new material since we’ve found home at Tranquility Base – hopefully we’ll get an mp3 or two up soon.

Three home town shows and a DJ set to announce…

Thursday 20th October – Zun Zun Egui, RUNNERS +1 more [£5]
@ Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
Facebook events page

Saturday 29th October – RUNNERS + more t.b.a.
@ Fox & Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, LS3 1LD

Thursday 10th November – New Villager, RUNNERS, Bear Mask [£7]
(part of the run up to Constellations Festival with Wild Beasts, Yuck, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, etc)
@ Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY
Luna Tickets link

Thursday 10th November – Golau Glau exhibition launch with RUNNERS (DJ set) and Hookworms (live)
@ Test Space, Unit 2-4, Melbourne Street, Leeds, LS2 7PS
Golau Glau exhibition launch featuring HENRY (The Methods Of Ethics 2011) (exploring the history and future of ethical hedonism through a mixture of music, visuals, created and found sounds and treated field recordings) and PUBLIC INTEREST (a sonic work/book, dealing with threatened and extinct public libraries. The book will be published in November 2012 by Valley Press and the initial phase of the sonic work will debut at the exhibition).


RUNNERS – Starting Line
Recorded by Ross Halden at
Ghost Town Studios
Mastered by Michael Ward, 2010

We are currently making perspex boxes to house our absolutely beautiful neon lights, crafted by the brilliant and lovely Richard Wheater and Julia Bickerstaff at Neon Workshops – we really can’t thank them enough! We sent Eoin Shea to Wakefield to make a film of the lights being made, so we’ll make a soundtrack for the video and put it up here when it’s ready. There are some sweet photographs of the neon lights being made on the Images page of this blog, and we launch the lights at NIGHT LIGHT LEEDS 2010 on Friday 8th October when we play with Blank Dogs and Spectrals with live visuals by Limn Art Collective at Nation of Shopkeepers.

XFM and the BBC have been playing our first two recorded tracks, Stay Frosty and Starting Line on the radio over the last few weeks, and some nice words have been scribbled about us on blogs such as Pinglewood, who also wrote about us on Pitchfork‘s new collaborative blog, Altered Zones. Closer to home, The Leeds Guide wrote about us in their best new bands feature, and we had a whale of a time taking the stage at 1am for Dave Lynch‘s 20th birthday celebration of Twin Peaks at Temple Works.

RUNNERS – Space Porsche, live at Yes Way Festival, August 2010
Video from

Next week we’ll be back with our sixth Monthly Marathon mp3 mix. Until then, here’s our live shows for the rest of 2010 to ponder over… see you down the front!

28th SeptemberTRUMAN PEYOTE, MANY MANSIONS, RUNNERS – Oporto, Leeds ***FREE!***

8th OctoberBLANK DOGS, SPECTRALS, RUNNERS – Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds

30th October – DRAG & DROP – HELLOWEEN SPECIAL – RUNNERS, THE CIRCUIT BEN REACTION – RockNRoll Circus Helloween (private party – details here), Leeds

22nd NovemberCAVE, RUNNERS – The Nest, London (Upset The Rhythm)

23rd NovemberSUN ARAW, ZUN ZUN EGUI, RUNNERS, HOOKWORMS – Brudenell Social Club (Games room), Leeds

4th DecemberMAHJONGG, MENOMENA, RUNNERS, CISSY – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

17th DecemberDAVID SHRIGLEY (DJ set), RUNNERS + more TBC at a warehouse in Glasgow… details to follow


All four of us have now contributed one Monthly Marathon each, and so the cycle starts over with Dom’s second mix…

DOWNLOAD – RUNNERS – Monthly Marathon #5.mp3

JOHN CAMERON – Action Replay
TALIBAM! – Rambo’s Passeggiata

Each Monthly Marathon Mix will be something in the region of 30 minutes at 320 kbs mp3 quality, and we will remove tracks if requested.  We encourage you to buy the releases you love, just as we do. The download should take approximately 3 or 4 minutes at 70 kB/sec. You can also stream the mix from our Facebook page.

It was tempting to up the length because I was struggling to contain everything into 30 minutes, even though I’ve been a true gentleman and left 2 artists for Nash to include on his next Marathon.  This one’s 10 tracks in 34 minutes so hopefully you’ll find enough chomp here to get your spaceface around…

Automa‘ is the sound of wonked synth and stuttering, cone-blown drums, creating dark eclipses of shady mechanical uprisings and bleak industrial meltdown. Piero Umiliani was one of the original Italian composers who helped shape the sound of Spaghetti Westerns, European spy flicks and B-movie soft-core horror fiction alongside the more well known names of Ennio Moriconne, Riz Ortolani or Piero Piccioni.

Vance‘ is a haunting brief encounter of a distant, droning space catastrophe, forefronted with deep surround-sound hi-hats. At first glimpse, Hingross seem to be radical Italian black-power funk who only appear on themed compilations, though they did release one full-length entitled ‘Suggestions‘ sometime I guess in the mid 70’s. However, like many of the musicians and composers involved in library music, Hingross is actually an alias – that of Giorgio Ingrosso. This is why I love library music – exploring the winding wrong paths, the mystery and puzzle of searching through the liner notes for the subtle clue that leads you on to the next discovery.

George Thompson and Kyle Martin first came to my attention a few years ago when I heard some online mixes they put together that I grabbed from a blog which I have since forgotten the name of (agggg, should’ve bookmarked). Spectral Empire have three 12”s out on This Is Not An Exit (‘Black Shark‘ is the second of the three, released in 2009), all of which are worth hard cash and repeated loud listening, as are any of their remixes. ‘Black Shark‘ is an immersive, dark pulse of minimal disco, washed with a creeping, sweeping visual-stimulant melody. I’m going to assume you’re already at a computer, so you should watch the video featuring the crew of a nuclear submarine. Immense.

Decerf recorded for the highly collectible Auvidis, amongst other labels. He’s one of the early European synth explorers who utterly mastered the art, comfortably skirting between the avant-garde, cosmic psychedelia, jingle-ditties, proto-type hip-hop, and just about anything else he fancied bending or inventing. Pioneering and relatively prolific, yet incredibly difficult to find any accurate information about – let alone getting hold of actual vinyl of his work (£££). You should keep an eye out though – it’s all gems! As for Myriam Chaddar, I have absolutely no idea – the closest I can find are a few badly spelled entries involving a quote from a TV comedy involving a character called Myriam and some Smoked Hickory Cheese, Miriam Cross being found dead in Cheddar Gorge, a novel about a Pakistani Bride, and a recipe for Chicken Cheddar Spirals.

Joël Fajerman was given the nickname ‘The Flangerman’ by the French musicians he met as co-owner of the first French synth-shop in Paris – he used the effect heavily on a lot of his recordings. You can only imagine my excited little grin as I read that whilst reading about Jean Michelle Jarre, which immediately sent me on the hunt for Fajerman’s records. ‘Cargo‘ is taken from his 1983 album, ‘Turbulences‘, and if this song hasn’t been used for a life-affirming, slow-mo-montage scene in a film, then something has gone wrong. Fajerman was also involved in a short-lived but brilliant cosmic disco group called Contact… the album ‘Just U.V.‘ from 1979 is also highly recommended.

There are any number of Cleckhuddersfax songs I could have included in this mix, but ‘The Numismatist‘ is the banger I’ve gone for… bouncing synths and brilliantly executed effected vocals (which I believe tell a tale about an Israeli collector of coins, though I could be mistaken) ride above the progressive glam-stomp of a 5-string bass and a sharp drum beat. I’ve had the complete pleasure of good-humoured antics touring with these dudes around Europe on a number of occasions, and it’s a real inspiration to be amongst a friendly group of intelligent, adventurous, high-skilled consummate-anti-professionals. Bias admitted (in that our old record label released their first album), their new record recently released by Upset The Rhythm is a certified winner – buy it!

Gyratory System is Andrew Blick (production, trumpet, sound treatments) who is fairly well known as a trumpeter and producer in the realm of the experimental, his son, Robin Blick (reeds, brass) and James Weaver (bass, synthesiser). ‘Splurge Gun‘ is an impossible to resist bonkers fanfare of pure jubilation, marching-drum rolls and heavily manipulated FX. Gyratory System have a few different versions of their Yowser Yowser Yowser single available, and an album called ‘The Sound Board Breathes‘. They replicate this danceable madness live too – get down!

A second helping from a band we’re friends with… though perhaps it’s fair to say more than friends, considering Leon and I played in CHOPS with Moz from Two Minute Noodles (also of Quack Quack, as featured on Monthly Marathon #2), and Nash lived with him for a few years. Friendship aside, there’s no denying the velocity of ‘Angle Blind with its jazz-bonced beat and melody driven kitsch organ that suits a good studio production workout… a sneak peak at their forthcoming album recorded by Ross Halden at Ghost Town, who is the good-guy responsible for the Runners songs we’ve recorded so far.

John Cameron is an English composer whose credits include writing a bundle of hits for Donovan and Hot Chocolate, scoring the themes to Kes and Crimewatch UK, and contributing to the brilliant KPM and Bruton Music Library. He was also a member of the early 70’s prog band CSS (Collective Consciousness Society), whose version of ‘Whole Lotta Love‘ was used on Top Of The Pops. This track is from the 1985 album ‘Hot Doughnuts‘ on Bruton Music Library, and like many great library tracks, you can’t provide any better description than the track title itself.

Accidentally completing a trio of bands who I consider friends (I didn’t intend it to work out like that), here’s Kevin Shea and Matt Mottell; New York residents responsible for maybe something close to a thousand top-grade musical (mis?)adventures… seriously, I’d love nothing better than to list them all here, but it’d just be ridiculous – search for yourselves (first ports of call – Kevin’s drumming with Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do The Killing or with trumpeter Peter Evans). Tactically improvised sonic overload taken from their album Ordination of the Globetrotting Conscripts – Talibam! have a lot of cool shit out!