How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
It varies but there are usually lots of things buzzing around in my head and when I hear a melody or tune subjects seem to emerge.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting? Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
For me the most important thing in song writing is to try and speak about what matters to you. I feel that I often struggle to find the right words to convey my thoughts or emotions properly. But if it comes from the heart and is honest then hopefully people can relate to it. I definitely used to struggle with this a bit, although in the last few years I have become much more comfortable with myself and am more than happy to sing about anything that’s close to me.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Perhaps not the best lyrics but we wrote a song called ‘Sink or Swallow’ a few years ago. It was (as most of our songs are) about friendships. Specifically those far-flung ones that you make in a band or from putting on gigs and the joy you can feel in reigniting those flames of friendship and how certain people can change your perspective on life.
What inspired “The Upside of Being Down”, part of your upcoming EP (Sept 28th) “Good Friends, Bad Luck”? And “Captain”? Do you remember the day you wrote “Keep Going”?
‘The Upside of Being Down’ is all about a friend who came to live in our shared house and how for one summer we all had the best time together. Sadly it didn’t last but it was a very important time for me.
‘Captain’ is an interesting one and is about being put in positions of power and my discomfort with that. Both in terms of being a ‘frontman’ and also as the captain of my amateur football team. I have never been too comfortable being seen as a leader but ensuring a team/band work together and get the best out of themselves is incredibly satisfying and rewarding.
‘Keep Going’ is about my beautiful wife who was crazy enough to marry me in July. She always asks me what songs are about and so I wrote one about the two of us and how good it makes me feel to be with her. I wrote this after our joint stag and hen party where we had gathered all of our favourite people together for a long weekend of partying and hanging out.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
In May this year we were lucky enough to play in Zurich at a festival (Osbenuse Fest) organised by the beautiful people from Uberyou. We played the warm-up show and the main day and made so many new friends not to mention catching up with old ones that it just felt like a huge love in surrounded by wonderful people.
The most difficult moment for The Run Up was probably on the same tour when our tire blew out in Bavaria earlier this year. Some dodgy mechanics put a new wheel on for us but tried to charge us €500 just for that.. which we really couldn’t afford. We were threatened and then left by the side of the autobahn for 6 hours. It was unpleasant and a bit scary but undoubtedly bonded us together as a band.
What are your plans for 2018?
We are just about to leave for ten days in Europe and we can’t wait to get back over there and play some shows. We then have our EP – Good Friends, Bad Luck – coming out at the end of September and we are doing another ten days in the UK to support this at the beginning of October. Then in mid November we are touring with Junior Battles for a two and a half week tour in Europe which we are all excited about. It feels like momentum has been building and we have been working hard this year and it’s now time to get out there and play our songs and make new friends.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your EP “Good Friends Bad Luck”: Friendship
- The best show you ever played: Fest 16
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Skate punk, ska and some dodgy metal
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Anything by Propagandhi or Immortal Technique: I am continually impressed by their lyricism in making politics palatable in a witty/entertaining way while never sounding preachy.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Make sure that you are with the person who makes you feel happiness like no one else can. I feel incredibly lucky to have found that person and everyday I am thankful to have found them.