Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are a Montreal, Qc, Canada based band. The music scene there has a nice contrast and variety of different music styles, there’s practically something for everyone out there from underground punk shows to higher end orchestra fusion shows and that’s only music scene wise, not to mention all the other arts and scenes that Montreal has to offer.
How did you meet?
We got to know each other through musician friends, Run Snowball Run had seen a few line up changes and alterations until we found the five of us on the same page of things. We noticed that we were similarly fueled and that even with music aside, our personalities clicked just as well as our appreciation towards music.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Since our 2013 official meeting point until this present day. We have released Lobo our debut EP carrying 5 tracks and showing our idea of what we have to offer and what we have planted. Having continued in composing and procedures following Lobo’s release, we were able to find new ways to approach our methods and took a few months off in 2015 to polish up and finish the details of our upcoming full-length.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The “Run” aspect of RSR came from the idea of it being a place where we can run off to, a place to escape and turn all the emotions and feelings related to the day-to-day situations we live via both good and bad. A place where we could take positive and negative energy and turn them into compositions and stories to share with our fans and anyone who might be curious, the “Snowball” piece of the RSR name represents the idea of a rolling snowball; accumulating experience and history as our story develops.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Personally, Bradley Nowell (Sublime), Explosions in the sky & Brand New. Because of the passion and energy that you can interpret from the music and performances they(‘ve) give(n). As a whole, maybe Pearl Jam, Prawn and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our live performances would be a good way of describing ourselves. Generally because we have a good chemistry between each other as a result of the time we spend together and the way we handle our situations as a whole. We believe communication is an important role for a healthy band; a machine requires the cooperation of multiple parts in order for it to work, take a piece out or neglect maintenance and it will slow down or stop entirely the machines performance.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We are like space, always moving and changing & always evolving. Vague, quiet and mysterious. In whatever we do there is always room for progress we simply try to do the best we can, learn from our mistakes and take what we live through as our inspiration.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Since 2014’s Lobo we have been playing an average of 12-14 live shows, performances and events a year, aside from the few months and exception from the end of 2015 where we took a pause from shows to finish up our new compositions. As far as what it’s like, well, music and compositions is up to the listeners/viewers interpretation. There’s an idiom that says “A picture is worth a thousand words.” and we like to think that when musicians invests honest and positive energy into their work it will interact with the airwaves and sends a message of its own to the listener who makes their own sense of a thousand stories and interpretation. We try to be honest with ourselves and what we create, we don’t want to force anything upon anyone, but we would be glad to be able to create an energy that draws a positive curiosity from anyone it reaches.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Once got kicked in the face and spat on by George Petite at Warped Tour.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Vox, Fender, Ampeg, Yamaha, Jay.
What are your plans for 2016?
Finish and promote our full-length that we currently have in the works! Then polish up the details of our first official tour.
If you could be part of any 3-band line-up (as support or headlining) who else would you have on the bill?
Prawn, 30 Seconds to Mars, Caraway.