From their home port of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Long Distance Runners humbly explore new stereophonic territory with their latest and third release, Elements (October 9, 2015).
With Elements, the band confidently lays to tape its own hybrid alchemy of psychedelic, rock ’n roll, and country influences (Berlin-trilogy Bowie, Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones). The album’s 11 memorable tracks are emotionally charged, with fog-drenched and sun-soaked songs about yearning, love and hope, adeptly captured by producer Krisjan Leslie at Lab of Chaos. Moments of effervescence in the production – flutes, modest strings, synths and touches of brass – accentuate the band’s powerful, elemental combination of guitar, vocals and rhythm. The atmospheric riffs and melody of “You Gotta Remind Me” are immediately unforgettable, inspiring repeat listens and any-weather road trips. “High Tide” sets adrift in a sea of reverb and rhythm, yet although the band is prone to reverb, fuzz and general psychedelia, the head never strays too far from the heart.
The Long Distance Runners have been embraced by the East Coast music scene since forming in 2009. With multiple MusicNL and ECMA nominations, and several tours from Newfoundland to Ontario under their belt, the band is a veteran of the scene. They have performed with Wintersleep, Rich Aucoin, Gloryhound, Jim Cuddy Band, Said The Whale, Rah Rah, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and their songs have been featured on CBC’s Republic of Doyle and CBS’s Golden Boy.
Elements follows their 2012 debut LP, Tracks, nominated for ECMA Rock Recording of the Year, and described by critic Babysue as “a rather splendid and pleasing debut album chock full of smart hummable tracks.”
Elements will be released October 9, 2015 on CD, 180 gram vinyl and iTunes.