Running Man
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Running Man

Rock Island, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2022

Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Established on Jan, 2022
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"Hit the Ground Running: Running Man Make Their Rozz-Tox Debut on January 21"

Running Man was formed in 2022 by a formidable group of Quad Cities musicians. Guitarist Chad Gooch also fronts Tambourine, a band who pack jangling rhythms and gentle hooks in equal supply. Jamie Warren provided the low end in the thundering Lord Green; like Sleep if they were a punk band, Lord Green played frantic hardcore with a doom-laden rumble that could rattle windows on both sides of the river. Warren doubles with Gooch to create a distinctive guitar sound, two axes chiming and clanging and casting a warm sheen over the driving, chugging music.

Drummer Dennis Hockaday also has punk roots, as a former member of Meth and Goats; together with Gooch and Warren, he is also the third member of Running Man to have played bass with Mondo Drag, whose '70s-styled heavy psychedelic/progressive rock was born, honed, and recorded in the Quad Cities before the group split for California. He's also been known for occasional deft displays of analog synth wizardry in his solo project Idpyramid.

Bass duties are handled by Pat Stolley. As a guitarist and vocalist for The Multiple Cat, Stolley put together several albums of melodic, far-reaching indie rock; as honcho/guru of Future Apple Tree II Studios, he's provided local musicians with a rare opportunity to record in a professionally-equipped studio on vintage analog equipment, with experienced engineers, and at a reasonable price.

The catalyst for Running Man's formation was vocalist Skip Greer. Formerly the frontman for the Wynona Riders, a '90s pop-punk band based in the San Francisco Bay Area and labelmates with Green Day, Operation Ivy, Alkaline Trio, and others on Lookout! Records, Greer (who's also been singing for the Dead Kennedys since 2008) relocated to the Quad Cities in 2021. As often happens, Greer met the right people at a show and expressed his desire to start a band; as less-often happens, he stumbled onto a set of connections and friendships stretching back two decades.

Future Apple Tree II conveniently provided Running Man with a space to record their first four songs, which were released in short order with little warning in December. Four more tracks are scheduled to join the others on the group's Bandcamp page in the weeks leading up to the show, with a cassette released scheduled to collect all eight.

The songs themselves are catchy without pushing too far into pop, with four of the five members making good use of their vocal mics in shoring up the hooks. Ample bass carries the songs – steady, robust and flowing – and the guitars never crowd each other out. Throwing all tags aside, three of the four songs can simply be described as melodic rock. On the fourth, the “hot kraut” of “The Chosen One,” the group lay into a tense motorik beat, a white-knuckle drive down the Autobahn, showing an edge hitherto concealed. Its remove from the tone of the other three tracks raises the possibility of other unexpected stylistic shifts; the curious are advised to head down to Rozz-Tox on the 21st to see what else may be in store. - Loren Thatcher


Still working on that hot first release.



Formed in 2022, members of Mondo Drag, The Multiple Cat, Humans, Lord Green, Meth and Goats, Tambourine, etc met Skip Greer (former Wynona Riders and current Dead Kennedys frontman) to lay down some rock jams for the ages.

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