North American Headline Tour Kicks Off With Sold-Out Hometown Show

Over dreamy production, lead vocalist Alex Hwang and keyboardist Sally Kang trade verses as they ruminate over fighting to win back a lost love…” – Billboard
“’Casina’ is a burst of exhilarating sound and energy…a showcase of not only each member’s individual skills but what Run River North can do as a whole with their amazing writing.” – Substream
Hands Up is a fun, danceable pop treat that will be stuck in your head long after the song ends.
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“Explosive new single, inspiring banger” – Buzzbands.LA

March 2, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) – When they first formed several years back, LA-bred Run River North were called Monsters Calling Home.  Years later, having evolved from a sextet, the trio of Alex Hwang (guitars/lead vocals), Daniel Chae (guitar/vocals) and Sally Kang (keys/vocals) have returned to their name – this time as the title of their EP Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 1 (out tomorrow via Nettwerk).

Partnering with Substream Magazine, the band shares latest single, “Casina” – the companion track to “Casino” – which speaks to togetherness and identity during a time of hardship.  Speaking to Substream, Hwang says, “the demo of this song truly sparked the flame within the three remaining members of RRN. We knew ‘Casino’ would be on the EP but after Sally, working with Daniel and Miro Mackie (mixer, producer), sang her verse – we knew this was the beginning of something new. Without a drummer and bassist, Daniel and Miro began to build the rhythm and bass that would become the blueprint for future RRN soundscapes.”

Watch (& Share) The Official Video For “Casina” Here:

As they evolve from a sextet to a trio, the new EP is the first steps forward since all of the exits and dramatic details that seem trivial when spoken but familiar and cathartic when sung. The songs dig into the pieces of their collective identity in search of joy within themselves. Other tracks on the EP include “Hands Up” which is co-written with Hannah and Christian of Grouplove and is about finding hope in a definitively hopeless moment, while “Rearview” and “40g” delve into loss and regret.

Last week, the band began their US headline tour with a sold-out hometown gig in Los Angeles.  Remaining dates below.

Tour Dates:

5/2 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
5/3 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
5/4 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
5/7 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
5/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
5/10 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/11 – Cambridge, MA – Sonia
5/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
5/16 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
5/17 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
5/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
5/21 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
5/22 – Portland, OR – White Eagle Saloon
5/23 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Track List:
  1. Hands Up
  2. Casina
  3. 40G
  4. Rearview
  5. Casino

About Run River North:
Run River North released sophomore album Drinking From A Salt Pond in 2016, led by lead single “Run Or Hide.” The album landed at #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #3 on the Alternative New Artist Albums chart. Working with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Deap Vally, HEALTH, Matt and Kim), the band left behind its familiar folksy roots to craft an ambitious rock album. The band performed the single for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, MTV’s Wonderland and landed in the Top 30 of the Alternative Radio chart. Their self-titled debut chart. Billboard Heatseekers album (2014) landed at #3 on theProduced Phil Ek (Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty), NPR wrote, “Run River North stays the course – and finds success,” and Esquire said, “Because modern folk this richly layered has a high degree of difficulty. And [Run River North] nail the landing.” The band has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, VH-1 Big Morning Buzz, CMT “Concrete Country,” Last Call With Carson Daly, and Emmy-winning PBS series Artbound. All this follows features with The Wall Street Journal, NPR ‘Weekend Edition,’ NPR ‘All Things Considered’ NPR ‘Here & Now,’ Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, Daytrotter, American Way, KPCC 89.3 Southern CA Public Radio and TeamCoco, the official website of Conan.


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