Although all of the members of Run River North come from families who emigrated from Asia, their music has a distinctive folk/rock flair that reflects their San Fernando Valley SoCal surroundings. Recently signed to Nettwerk, the band -- formerly known as Monsters Calling Home -- released their new single "Fight To Keep," last week and are putting the finishing touches on their self-titled debut album due February 25. Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes) produced the sessions in Seattle this past June. Run River Run have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, sold out L.A.'s Troubadour and their youtube videos have been viewed more that 1.5 million times. Click through below to stream the demo for the sweetly harmonious "Growing Up" and watch a video of the band covering The Black Keys' "Only One."
Run River North - "Fight To Keep"
Run River North - "Growing Up"
With only a 6-song demo, newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) have already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, been shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival, performed at the Grammy Museum for its members, sold out LA's famed Troubadour and garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views.
This past Saturday, Run River North was featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to discuss the various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on the album. All band members came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members.
"Our parents don't have white collar jobs. My father worked at Wienerschnitzel; that was his first job when he came [to the US]. Our parents sacrificed their lives for us. I think that why there's such a strong sense of family in each of us. They wished for us to live the American Dream. And we finally find that in music," says guitarist Daniel Chae.
Run River North is set to release their self-titled debut on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records.