Winchester 7 And The Runners Sing There "Catacomb Songs"

Top Quote Winchester 7 and The Runners debuted their fourth album "Catacomb Songs" which highlights the reality of despair and disbelief when life is presented with challenges but leaves you with the faith and positivity to carry forward. End Quote
  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) December 29, 2021 - Atlanta-based group Winchester 7 & The Runners may not have invented indie alternative rock, but they certainly know how to put it all together better than almost anyone else on the planet: the crunch with the pop, the soft with the loud, the warm melodies with the sweet harmonies, and the jangling, sometimes overdriven ukuleles which replace the melting guitars. These dynamics give the one-man Georgia-based, electric ukulele rock band, their unique aesthetic. As usual, project leader Winchester 7, is accompanied in by the virtual Runners, made up of Phil Voorhees (bass) who resides in Amsterdam, and Jack Kane (drums) who is itinerant in the UK. Their latest venture is the “Catacomb Songs” EP, which contains 7 songs plus 2 bonus tracks.

    “Catacomb Songs” may far and away the best thing they’ve made so far – partly because Winchester 7 & the Runners admirably refuse to rest on the laurels of their past releases. Sure, there’s the very classically-Winchester 7 ukulele-lines driving the EP along, but beyond that, the spectral tones, the chilling noir, and the thrilling stomp, is the sound of a band continuing to invent while reinventing themselves. At the same time, the recording reflects our times of turmoil, uncertainty and hope. All of which are lurking in the underbelly of these songs.

    “Catacomb Songs” is focused sonically, mature in mood, clever in lyrics, and has a strong ass flow from one track to the next. All skills Winchester 7 & the Runners have possessed acutely since day one.

    Kicking off with “Dead Celebrities and New Beginnings”, the band immediately show how blatant they are at showing off their experience and skill at writing songs in an almost simple, but subtle and infectious way. Taking cues from holographic shows by dead celebrities, Winchester 7 draws analogies with our own daily existence and the hope for a better future.

    Listening to “Catacomb Songs” in its entirety, instead of just cherry picking songs, you will definitely start to understand the brilliant ideas and ideals put forward by Winchester 7 & the Runners. This is a band who totally reinvent a way of making indie, alternative and rock music, all-embracing and listenable, while still retaining moments of genius. “Catacomb Songs” is all the proof you need to understand this.

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