The Running Youngs make a push in the local scene
BY AUSTIN VICARS
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
The Running Youngs are the latest alternative rock band out of metro Detroit making a name for themselves on the local music scene. What separates The Running Youngs from their peers is their wide array of influences. The group takes inspiration from bands like Blink 182, Brand New, Foo Fighters, The Hotelier, Pearl Jam and American Football. This makes for a sound that blends a hard rock attack with pop punk melodies.
The Running Youngs released their debut album “Don’t Go Away” on Friday, Oct. 16 and had a supporting show the following day on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, Michigan.
The Livonia, Michigan natives consist of members Jack Hoover (guitar/bass/ vocals), Sam Klos (guitar/bass/vocals), Andrew Brauer (guitar), Zack McCarter (keys) and Brian Oliverio (drums).
“Don’t Go Away” was recorded by the band themselves in Hoover’s basement. This old-school DIY approach works very well for the band’s punk rock style.
“We just had to put our nose to the grindstone,” Hoover said.
The album has a raw emotion from start to finish and is diverse throughout.
Songs like “Jesse” have a strong build up that boils over into a wall of distorted guitars and Hoover’s raspy voice. The songs on the album vary in style though. Songs “Labor Day Is Bad For Lovers” and “Fader” lead into one another and create a 13 minute epic.
However, not all the songs have such an intense song structure. “You Done Good, Hasselhoff” and “80 Wide” take a more fundamental approach but in turn deliver catchy melodies and choruses that sure to get stuck in listeners heads.
“Our goal after finishing the album is to play as many new places, as well as former places, as we can,” drummer Brian Oliverio said.
The Running Youngs also put on a great live show. One of their recent shows occurred on Sept. 19 at Skateland West in Westland, Michigan. The show was a benefit in support of the Lilly family, who recently lost their mother and are looking to raise money to help support children Andrew (19) and Amy (17).
The group’s live show contains an impressive energy and soundscape. The Running Youngs are energetic live, but not at the expense of their musicianship, making for a musically and visually pleasant experience.
Between their new album “Don’t Go Away” and their upcoming show, at The Phoenix Café in Hazel Park on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., The Running Youngs are ready to run wild in the hearts of music lovers all over Metro Detroit.