Artist Spotlight – Run With It

Run With It is a ridiculously talented three-person indie band from Kansas City, Missouri that’s quickly become one of my favorites.  I love this band!  Their dynamic style – which incorporates rock, pop, soul, R&B and funk – is so rich and varied that they’re impossible to categorize into any one genre.  They seem to move effortlessly from one genre to another, sometimes within a single song.

Band members include Miguel Caraballo (lead guitar/vocals), Clint Velazquez (bass guitar) and Daniel Cole (drums). Their music is characterized by upbeat, soulful melodies, nimble guitar riffs and muscular drums, although a few songs are decidedly more low-key. Caraballo’s ardent vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz.

Run With It started out as a highly-competent cover band, but eventually began writing their own music and lyrics. On the band’s website Caraballo states “We believe art can change the world, and we strive to create a memorable experience for our fans.” I have not had the pleasure of seeing them perform live, but from what I’ve read, their on-stage performances are very high-energy, with lots of engagement with their audiences.

Their album The Weekend, which is currently available on itunes , Spotify and Soundcloud, features 11 incredible tracks. I love them all, but here are a few of my favorites that really showcase the band’s amazing range:

The title track and first single “The Weekend” has a 70’s classic rock vibe, the kind of song Bob Seger might have recorded back in the day. This darkly moving track was inspired by an incident involving a friend of Caraballo’s who had a “hell of a weekend” due to recurring problems from a troubled relationship.

“Got Some Time For Me” opens with a rousing synth melody, then explodes into a driving beat with strong percussion, great guitar licks and Caraballo’s emphatic vocals. The band gets funky with “What Would I Do,” an upbeat track with scratchy guitar riffs that remind me of the legendary Nile Rodgers. Things are slowed down for the soulful “Baby I Was Wrong,” which features Caraballo’s pleading vocals, accompanied by some really fine piano and guitar.

I like this entertaining cover of twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out.”

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