When I checked my emails this morning and saw the word Run in my mailbox, my stomach fell into my arse. One year ago, almost to this day, I became a runner. It shames me to say that today, I am not. No longer do I voluntarily breathe my lungs inside out as I drag my uncooperative body around the park at 9 am on a Saturday. Anyway, you can imagine my relief when I opened the message to find I had not been hunted down by the running police. I had instead been gifted the official music video for Run, the latest track from The Rupees. Hallelujah! I resumed my potato position, put my feet up and pressed play.
I nearly flew off the couch. Powerful, punchy Led Zeppelin style guitar hits you square in the face, swiftly joined by bad-ass hard rock drum beats from Seamus Daley Dee and sirens of synth from Ed Shakespeare. The instrumental power in this song is bone-shaking from the off. It’s a track you all pile in front of the speakers for because you have to feel it. You want the bass to beat you up and the rest to blow your ears off. Ryan Tucker’s fearless vocals go pound for pound with the instrumental powerhouse as he sings of “wanting to escape the very mundane aspects of life, dreaming of something more and just bloody going for it”. These guys don’t mess about. The Rupees pride themselves on their unapologetic, distinctive and passionate approach to life and music stating that “it’s rock n roll, just a little different”. They’re going for it, and I’m all in.
The official music video features; a very able runner racing along in time to the music, pigeons, people jumping about, the hard-hitting lyrics in various jazzy fonts, a ferocious woman punching the screen, a few eyeball close-ups, sweaty live performance snippets, explosive graphics, and more animals, including an adorable seal pup. It’s a wild and beautiful accompaniment to a song that packs an adrenaline-filled punch.
Where are my trainers? I think it’s time for a Run.