It is the collective opinion of Cabaret Runaway that music has infinite possibilities. Andrew Dinger (vocals), Kyle Purtell (guitar), Shane Lentz (bass), and Geo Martinez (guitar) believe you can never learn enough and crafting your skill is a labor of love. Dinger says, “It’s all about adaptability. And staying relevant.” By tuning in to real life, Cabaret Runaway is able to connect with audiences in a way that is conducive to understanding.
Music brings to light what we keep in the dark. Cabaret Runaway’s Atrocities highlights many of the darker sides to life. The song, “Withered Below” was written about the depths of despair caused by depression. Lyrics say “All I ever wanted in life/Is to make this pain meaningful”, describing how the anguish of depression can obscure happiness. The song goes on to say “End lonely for I know that nothing and no one will ever be able to fix me.” Depression often causes a silent desperation that Cabaret Runaway brings to light. They do not shy away from addressing the tough issue because their music is relevant to so many people that suffer from this condition. It may seem dark, but this song actually serves to draw them out and let them know that someone understands.
The best songs take time. We live in a fast-paced world and do not always have time to do our best. The same is true for writing music. Purtell says, “I think that sometimes we are pressured into overthinking, and you really need to have things happen naturally.” Speeding through anything is a bad idea, as Dinger explains, “I feel that with writing a song, lyrically, I have to have something to say. Something I want to write about. Whenever I start throwing words to fit music, it doesn’t really happen. It’s like I can’t rush inspiration.” Each element of the songwriting process takes the precise attention to detail that is evident in Cabaret Runaway songs, which takes the time and dedication they put in to it. Cabaret Runaway shared that there is no such thing as a perfect song, but it is my opinion that their debut full-length, Atrocities, comes close.
It’s all new again. Cabaret Runaway is currently on their first tour together. They have all toured in other bands, but are discovering that they genuinely enjoy each other’s company—on and off the road. In fact, Dinger described the shared vision of the band as “to be able to tour, play music, and be self-sustainable. And live normal lives, because you don’t really have financial stability, generally touring (at first). You have to work really hard to get to that point where you can consistently keep playing music and traveling.” Cabaret Runaway knows fame and fortune do not happen overnight and they are in for the long haul.
Prepare yourself for the Cabaret Runaway live show by casting your pre-conceived notions to the side. Each song offers something new, a fresh way to consider what you thought when you came in. For me, it was a chance to experience music from a different perspective. The music is cohesive with the story it tells, painting a picture with notes and words that wraps around you and allows you to expand your point of view. Perfectly placed pauses, surprise tempo changes, and Dinger’s expansive, sexy vocals add to a background of genre-defying music played in perfect time with each other. This may be their first tour together, but they already sync like a well-matched band. Signed to Revival Recordings, Cabaret Runaway continues the national tour with label-mates, The Funeral Portrait and Alesana. Watch for them in a venue near you!