Run Romeo Run will soon be hitting the stage in Red Deer and plans to bring something different as well as something fun to the audience.
The band is comprised of five members, three of which are Red Deer locals. Eli Budwill, vocals, Kyle Whitehead, bass guitar, and Adam Goring, drums, are all locals who are looking forward to their show here.
Chad McMonagle, lead guitar, and Chris Doi, rhythm guitar, join the other three to round out the group.
Red Deerians will have the opportunity to see the band Feb. 24 and 25 here in the City at Against the Wall Theatre. Tickets are $23 and are available through the venue or at the door.
Whitehead said people looking to attend the show can expect to be encouraged to sing and dance along.
“I think there’s a charming exuberance to our live show,” said Whitehead.
The Calgary and area based band came together in an odd sort of way, but Whitehead said it has lead to great friendships and musical collaboration.
“Eli, Adam and myself were playing music together and Chad and Chris were playing together. Eventually we met through an ad Chris had posted and we hit it off instantly. We’re not only band mates but best friends as well.”
Growing up, Whitehead said all the members of the band were big fans of pop-punk music.
“That genre kind of goes hand-in-hand with on-stage charisma and crowd participation. Our lead singer has really embraced this,” said Whitehead.
The band’s first recording Lockdown has lyrics that many people will understand and relate to. “Tell me lies, tell me truths, give me hope but have no proof.”
For those interested, the band’s single Forget This Town can be heard on their facebook page and gives a good idea as to the style of music that Run Romeo Run plays.
The band claims that the single would put them on a playlist somewhere between New Found Glory and Jimmy Eat World.
Whitehead said the musical influences for each of the band members vary, but that they all were inspired by punk rock.
“We all definitely have an appreciation for pop sensibilities too. I think we’ve not only been coined a pop-punk band by others, but we agree with the label.”
As a group Whitehead said some of the influences and bands they look up to include Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Ten Second Epic, Blink 182 and Billy Talent.
The band can also be seen next month at the Transalta Arts Barn in Edmonton on Feb. 10, the Albert Park Center in Calgary on Feb. 11 and Studio 82 in Calgary on Feb. 12. Ticket prices vary for these shows.
Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto is also coming up from March 21-25 and the band has been selected to showcase there.
Whitehead said it was quite a surprise to learn that they had been selected to play at the CMW, which has been running since 1981.
“We really have no expectations going into this. We just want people to hear our music,” said Whitehead.
The CMW is on McMonagle’s ‘bucket list’ and band mates said he wouldn’t stop talking about the opportunity to play there.
For more information on the band visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/runromeorun.