An ever-evolving, innovative musical project, Runabay continue to push and form new musical and artistic boundaries. Following the success of previous single ‘Blink of an Eye’ which saw the band earn a stream of national radio plays and gain the accolade of ‘Play Irish Artist of the Week’ on Today FM, the band offer up something cinematic and poignant in ‘Symmetry.’
Their most experimental record to date, incorporating more electronic-leaning sounds and is laden with vocal samples from archive lectures about the subject matter, symmetry. The band has previously been described as alt-folk or indie, but the concept-driven and adventurous nature of their songwriting push the band into new territory.
Since the band’s formation in 2014, they have strived to constantly evolve and develop their sound. To that end, this new track is a departure from previous releases, with a shift in sound and a changing aesthetic. Recent influences ranging from Public Service Broadcasting to Radiohead have informed and modified their sound which now consists of shades of electronic and indie, culminating in a soundscape of intrigue and beauty.
Runabay have featured on and been championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Ralph McLean (BBC Radio Ulster) and have appeared on official high-profile Spotify playlists of late, including Best of Indie Folk 2016, Alternative 2017 New Music Friday, Fresh Finds: Six Strings and Best of Ruby Sessions 2016.
They have also gained plenty of accolades including being nominated for ‘Irish Single of the Year’ in 2015, along with a string of glowing press features from Hot Press Magazine, ChordBlossom and Culture Hub NI. The band’s live performances have been hailed as ‘joyous’, with influences including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Glen Hansard among others. The band are set to release their debut album in early 2019.
“Symmetry was inspired through conducting a set of actions designed to restore correction to a situation. It’s a story of redress and reconciliation whereby an intended transformation through a course of actions seek to put right a wrong.”
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
39 Gordon Street, Belfast– 11th Dec
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast – 26th Jan
John McManus – Vocals/Guitar, Gary Graham – Guitar/Vocals, Gerard McHugh – Vocals/Percussion, Michael McKinney – Bass/Vocals, Declan McCartan – Cello/Vocals, Rory McAuley – Drums/Vocals.