School might be out for the summer, but for Christchurch indie-rockers Run77, it’s the beginning of a new chapter.
The four-piece band, comprising Angus Mossman (vocals, guitar), Robert Rolleston (bass), George Murray (keys), and Angus Murray (drums), are heading our way for a gig at Queenstown’s Yonder next Friday.
It’s one of a run of summer gigs before the band members swap Christ’s College, where they formed three years ago, for university.
But unlike other high school groups which go their separate ways, the band are all heading to the same uni and will be keeping the band together, Mossman says.
“We just want to be known as a good bunch of guys playing some decent music, and we hope people like us.
“Hopefully that can grow and we can play some bigger stages, but we know that doesn’t just happen, you’ve got to be desperate, you’ve got to ask for it.’’
Run77 are one of a new generation of Kiwi bands making the most of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to record and distribute their music without being signed to a label.
“There’s nothing holding anyone back,’’ Mossman says.
“We recorded all our songs ourselves, because we’re determined.
“We don’t take the music too seriously, we just get such a good vibe out of what we do.’’
That DIY ethic’s paying off, with their song Ambolamps reaching more than 58,000 hits on Spotify.
While a big moment for the group was making the national finals of last year’s Smokefreerockquest, Mossman says the main highlight so far has been seeing their audience grow, and “really positive feedback’’.
The band also had the honour last year of being the first to perform in the new Christchurch Town Hall, following its restoration after being damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.
“We’re really excited for the future.’’
They’re also looking forward to getting down to Queenstown, with Mossman saying fans can expect a “very energetic performance’’.
“We get very, very into our live performances,’’ he laughs.
“It’s just good music and tight musicianship.
“I’m usually sweating and can’t speak by the end of it. Considering we’re playing three shows in a row, it could be interesting.’’
To catch Run77, head to Yonder, next Friday, 8pm