Run, Forever

Settling

Written by: TL on 22/12/2012 20:49:23

Okay, I'll admit that I might start to feel the strain of wanting to finish an overwhelming amount of reviews before New Years Eve, but still, since I first started listening to Pittsburgh punk/emo-rockers Run, Forever I've been struggling to shake the notion that they are quickly becoming a frustrating band to me. The good news is that I've loved their sound from the word go - this reverb-y, lovable mid-point between Against Me's bitter punk-rock and Tigers Jaw's sentimental retro-emo - and that their sound has barely changed on this their sophomore album "Settling". The drums still lay down a simple, reliable beat, the guitars still churn out walls of distorted riffage at a welcoming, dependable rate, and the vocals still sound like a wide-eyed Conor Oberst crooning away in a naive belief that nobody could fail to relate to what's being sung about.

That's all the good news. What bothers me is another thing that hasn't changed, namely that I can't for the life of me seem to really get into more than one or two songs from each Run, Forever release. I keep putting "Settling" on, and while I muck about enjoying the fuzzy, noisy soundscape, I eventually come out on the other end remembering little from the album, other than "Basement"'s moody intro riff, "Close To The Sun"'s ear-popping verse and opener "Good Enough"'s surging confession "You're the first one I call.. When I feel like nothing!" Other than that, I hate to report it, but I just don't find Run, Forever's individual songs strong enough to deliver on the promise their endearing sound makes.

It could be it's a price the band pays, playing such a strictly defined sound, but I don't think so. Rather I think that while Run, Forever may work with only a limited variety of sounds, they could still make more memorable albums if they tried to make some slightly more playful and/or engaging arrangements and song-structures. And I must admit that I think it regrettable and a little misguided if it happens to be some strict back-to-basics punk-rock ethos that keeps them from trying this. That's wild speculation though - The short of this is that while "Settling" is another good record from a band with a unique, recognisable sound and a lot of integrity, it is not the tour de force of great songs that I wanted it to be, and that I keep hoping the band comes up with at some point in the future.

7

Download: Good Enough, Close To The Sun, Basement, Drop Out
For The Fans Of: Tigers Jaw, Titus Andronicus, Into It. Over It, Against Me, Everyone Everywhere
Listen: facebook.com/runforevermusic

Release Date 20.11.2012
Tiny Engines

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