Best Punk EP Of 2020? The Run Around Drops “Bombs Away” And This Record is…

Release Date: 2/27/2020 (Per Apple Music)                                      

Format: Digital

Location: Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Jason Fein – Vocals

Jason “Stretch” Enders – Bass/Vocals

Fabian Falcon – Guitar/Vocals

Mario Sanchez – Guitar

Mike Curran – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Bombs Away, Story And The Gaslight, White Coats, Young And High, Go Under, Hell Meet Hand basket

Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Bad Religion, Debt Neglector, and Rise Against


We get a ton of music submissions weekly to CPRA for reviews, etc. Sadly we don’t get time to check out each one. We have to be picky and truth be told I really dislike that. Keep in mind CPRA is purely volunteer based and volunteers are always needed. Bands one way to get our attention is to have a kick ass video. Music videos can be pricey to make, but they will help your band! And this kids, is how I found The Run Around’s, “Bombs Away”. 

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The first track is indeed  “Bombs Away”. With a kick ass intro like this, you can’t help but start nodding your head. The drums are so damn good. The lyrics speak of America’s  desire to continue our never ending war machine. Why can’t we stay out of other countries’ business, https://nypost.com/2020/05/06/us-will-use-every-tool-to-get-ex-soldiers-back-from-venezuela/? Check out this awesome video below!

The next track is “Story And The Gaslight”. This track goes out to all bands who try to hit the road. I myself have never toured and have no idea what that experience may be like. Again another tack that kicks ass. Amazing bass and guitar riffs, energetic drums and great vocals by Fein. This track also pays homage to rhythm guitarist, Jeremy Kitt. Jeremy passed suddenly in 2014 leaving the band and his family at a loss. There’s also a great riff at the end of the track. 

Have you ever felt you just don’t belong, because some “Normie” put you down? Have you ever felt you’re crazy? Well welcome to the club. Let’s party until the “White Coats” take us away! This track is powerful yet playful. It filled me with a sense of pride. Yeah I’m crazy, but so is my punk rock family. This anthem will get stuck in your head!

Pic by Alex Zarek

The next track is “Young And Hi”. I love this drum beat. Growing up sucked and this track reminds us how tough it can be for young punks. When I was growing up I was told I can be anything I want to be. It wasn’t until I got older I realized I went through some serious shit. The lyrics relate on so many levels and are a blast to sing with. The guitar riffs have an old school glam metal feel, and I love it. 

“Go Under” is a love song. We all know what happens when the afterglow wears off. It sucks! If you’re going through this shit I really feel for you. “I was your lightning, you were my thunder, never really looked at another, but the lightning crashed, there was no more thunder, life goes on, then we go under”. I love this track in so many ways!

Well we have came to the finish line with, “Hell Meet Hand Basket”. This is hardriven political punk rock! Here we are in the USA where rednecks shoot “Robbers” in the streets and our ACAB cops slam kids to the concrete. As the track says, “We are lost, we are caged, we are anything but free”. I encourage you to read up on the so-called land of the “Free”. 

In reflection I have one statement to make. Where TF have these guys been all my life? I’m adding The Run Around’s, “Bombs Away” EP as a nominee for CPRA’s best of 2020 EP. “Bombs Away” has massive potential and this band deserves to hit the national touring stage. I found myself again through music, played by someone else. You can listen on any big streamer and be sure to buy if you can. 

Track List 

Bombs Away

Story and the Gaslight

White Coats

Young And High

Go Under

Hell Meet Hand basket

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRunAroundBand/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therunaroundofficial/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/754GgYX40vpXX1T4G4VSev?si=FJxRWpjPT-2vgK_0IJXgug

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