BY HANNAH POWELL
We sat down for a chat with Run77, a student indie rock band from Christchurch. With their opening for Shag Rock coming up hot for the summer, talk turned to their sound, the student crowd, and Christchurch’s music scene.
Run77, a five-man student band that began in 2016, is hitting the ground running this 2020. With lead singer Gus describing their sound as “progressive indie-rock”, the boys are influenced by “‘80s technology in a progressive manner – where you’re not using all the analogue-type technique”.
With local influence from South favourites such as Mako Road, The Butlers and The Shambles – as well as a mix of the member’s personal favourites of funk, pop punk and a cheeky bit of jazz – Run77 remains distinctive in the popular scene of indie pop meets surf rock.
With the band having begun as a recruitment for Smokefree Rockquest in 2016, they’ve continued having successful jams ever since. When a new music teacher at Christ’s College stepped onto the scene while they were in Year 10, the result was revolutionary. Back then, there were only a handful of bands. Now, there are twenty five to thirty bands playing out a similar vibe. Gus and drummer Angus describe bands such as Marlins Dreaming and Mild Orange as having a big influence on the next generation of student and surf sound.
Their EP Occupancy was released last year on Spotify, with their latest single The Club having been released last July. Currently, the band is on holiday. With the majority of them at the University of Canterbury and one having just graduated high school, they’re taking a break and hustling in some employment after a busy year. With balancing uni and music, they all agree that “it’s actually been alright”.
But as for the Christchurch music scene? “There’s nothing,” Gus says. “You’ll find every good band in Christchurch leaves after a while. We’ve just had to farewell Mako Road to Wellington”. He laughs, says “thank god for the uni crowd”.
With the boys describing their relationship with University of Canterbury’s TuneSoc and its leader Nick Kennedy as being a great one, trombonist Henry says, “they’ll suss you something”. With TuneSoc organising the opening slots for UC’s weekly MONO, the club’s been a saviour for upcoming bands.
“I miss where you could have the raucous gigs outside of uni,” laughs Angus. The band played a few gigs at the now-closed New City Hotel back in the day. “It was an old backpackers,” Angus describes. “You’d have old guys playing the pokies in the back room, with about fifty to sixty kids in the next room listening to live music”. “It would be real cool to see more all ages venues around the place,” Gus adds.
Next up? With the band opening for beloved Aussie indie-surf pop band Shag Rock in Christchurch and Queenstown this January, Run77 is definitely one to be watched this year.
“We’ve got another song in the bank vault,” they say. “We’re just waiting for the right time,” Gus adds. “We’ll see what we can do with that one”.
HANNAH POWELL is Tearaway’s Music Editor and your local film and theatre gal. Complete with bangs and at least one pair of Docs, she’s a music festival enthusiast, green tea drinker and avid horoscope reader. Will most likely be found at the next gig.
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