They’ve played on a Greek island, for BBC radio, supported The Beat, had their music on Hollyoaks, inspired and performed in a play of one of their songs, supported Decca’s Kirsty Almeida and played many of London’s key live venues, including The Dublin Castle, The Borderline and the Barfly.
They have been likened to The Clash and The E-Street band, which could be down to their raucous yet melodic sound and tight horn stabs, which fatten harmony-filled and hook-laden songs. Having spent the last year recording their debut album, they are now preparing to take their sound and set across the UK.
Recorded in London’s 3Sixty Studios by the band’s trombonist Tom Welsh, their debut album brings together all the elements of what makes the Running Club sound truly unique. Under the captaincy of singer/guitarist and founder member Tim Arber, they have absorbed the band’s folk, ska, rock and dancehall music collections and distilled them into a dynamic yet accessible collection of songs.
Keeping alive the traditions of live music, their ambition with this album was to make as faithful a representation of what had received such rave responses on the circuit over the last few years, while expanding their sound to fill the speakers. While already working on the album’s follow-up, their current ambition is for as many people as possible to hear what is a genuine work of passion.
Comfortable in venues sizing from London’s tiny 12-Bar venue to The Clapham Grand, they have been building a reputation for themselves as a professional act who rely on nothing more than a functioning PA to entertain.
As well as excelling at boutique festivals such as Beach Break and Summer Breeze, they’ve collectively experienced playing live in Brazil, New Zealand and the Swiss Alps, in embassies, country houses and football stadiums, and so are ready for anything. With tightness their calling card, they are looking forward to making friends across the UK with anyone who wants quality music delivered with pin-point accuracy.
Dave Edwards – Band on the Wall
“…for the waves of sound from their opening track, have barely settled before they explode into a quite remarkable hybrid of punk and ska, dressed in impeccable two-tone trombone with spiky guitar crunching underneath it… they also manage to pack towering, Springsteen leaning anthems into the seemingly tight corners of their songs, complete with deft stop-start sections of their songs, a devastating variety of musical variation, and a great ability to work a song into a powerful conclusion in less than three minutes. It’s a quite magnificent racket, clever without being forced and it helps even more that their frontman is a thoroughly affable and funny bugger.”
Running Club also featured in January 2012 in the PRS ’30 seconds with’, in which they were very funny.