Sun 15 Jan 2012
Knoxville, Tennessee’s COOLRUNNINGS just popped onto my radar with their new single ‘Spirits of the High’, a fuzzy psych-rock blow-out that channels all things from the Mothers of Invention to Wooden Shjips. The band began in 2009 when Brandon Biongo and Forrest Ferguson combined their solo-projects to perform live – they’re now a four-piece with Adam Cottle and Scott Kapuscinski. Together they’ve released two EPs, an album, and a 7″ under the name COOLRUNNINGS, each time evolving to become a more noisier, driving force. Their Fool Moon 7″, mastered at Abbey Road studios and released on British label Too-Pure is an outstanding highlight, full of psyched out synths, chugging percussion and hypnotic vocals. It was released as part of Too-Pure’s Singles Club series – a monthly 7″ release that eventually comprises twelve 7″s per year and can all be purchased for a single fixed subscription price. The band’s back catalogue is well worth checking out as there’s something for everyone, be it the scuzzy electro-punk of their Babes Forever EP (mostly the work of Brandon Biongo) or the more energetic, artful pop of their debut full-length Dracula Is Only The Beginning. All can be streamed, downloaded and purchased in physical form from the Dracula Horse label website.