"Tracks is a brilliant collection of, well, tracks." - Grayowl Point
“…let this catchy, completely enjoyable and excellent album woo you.” - earbuds and ticket stubs
"Tracks is a rather splendid and pleasing debut album chock full of smart hummable tracks." - Babysue
"...suit up, or down, pop this bad-boy in your boombox (people still have those, right?) and prepare for some excellent tunage." - Nexus
Far off in the great North Atlantic city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, you will find a rock n’ roll band by the name of Long Distance Runners. Born from the musical friendship of singer-songwriter Chris Picco and bassist Matt Hender in 2009, The Runners soon doubled to four (guitarist Dicky Strickland and drummer Adam Cardwell) and released a really cool self-titled debut EP in 2010 that went on to earn them multiple ECMA and MusicNL nominations. Drawing on classic musical influences from The Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman to The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, The Runners have ascended swiftly on the Canadian indie music scene, earning them billings with bands like The Jim Cuddy Band, Said The Whale, WinterSleep, Rah, Rah and many more.
Flash forward to 2012 and a couple of Eastern Canadian tours under their belt, we find the boys further exploring their stoner rock and folk & bluesy roots on their latest nationally acclaimed debut full length, TRACKS. Again, clever wordplay, catchy melodies and sweet harmonies draw the listener into a compelling listening experience. Since its release in April, TRACKS has charted on the national Earshot! charts and peaked recently at #12. The album’s lead-off single ‘Election Day’ just reached #11 on CBC Radio Three’s R3-30 chart while the positive reviews keep coming in.
This October, the band kick off their third Eastern Canadian tour at the Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia; taking them through most major cities and towns from Newfoundland to Ontario. By early winter the boys anticipate a return to the studio to begin work on the follow-up record slated for release in late 2013.
The Beach Boys, The Kinks, ELO, The Beatles, Nick Cave, Wilco