There have been many bands that have had a song included in a video game such as Madden, or in Kid Runner‘s case, “Move” being picked up by ESPN, exposing themselves to a bigger audience. Those are the types of songs that get stuck in your head without warning. You’ll be walking in a grocery store and all of a sudden hum out the chorus. Kid Runner is a five-piece alternative pop band from Columbus, Ohio who have just released their first EP, titled Wake Up Now. The whole EP goes through an array of scales showing both the upbeat and ballad-like side of the band. They are a band who are forging into a genre that has seen a bevy of other artists which try the same formula, but they are seeking to put their own personal spin on it.
The title track is an instrumental piece that is indicate to the actual name. It starts with subtle piano keys that has the other band members crash into the song like a tidal wave, perhaps like a person waking up on a beach. “Thinking Out Loud” shows the tried-and-true formula of keyboards with a mainstream sensibility. With that, there is a depth to the song that puts it over the top. A trademark of Kid Runner are the harmonies within the vocal arrangements. They sometimes serve to progress the story of the lyrics or form together in addition to the keyboards. The guitars are more of a backdrop or an appendage in most of these songs.
“Breaking Away” is another ballad-type song that shows an almost Christmas-like keyboard arrangement with a big chorus. Most of the subject matter surrounding these songs are about relationships. While relationships have their own ebb and flow, Kid Runner touch on the downsides, even making it sound uplifting. “Move” is the best representation of the band as a whole and the most well-known song as well. All in all, Kid Runner are trying to make you dance and have their infectious melodies stick with you.
Wake Up Now is a good start in introducing me to a band that I would have not known otherwise. With a full release, I would love to hear a lot more variation. There are very good elements to these songs, but with the pop/electronic genre filled to the brim, you want something that distinguishes yourself from the others. Perhaps a change in song structure or a little twist and turn here and there. I’m looking forward to seeing this band grow and evolve.