Bristol duo Run Logan Run heads to Cobalt Studios in Newcastle this month as they’re set to release their new album, so Lee Allcock caught up with frontman Andrew Neil Haynes to find out more about the new record.
For those of our readers who haven’t heard your music before, can you describe it to them…
Simply put, it’s the sound of a saxophone running through two bass amps and a guitar amp, set to a drummer who knows how to get around his kit! We get really loud but also really quiet and are aiming for the live shows to be a physical experience, in that you can not only hear the music but feel it too. Imagine Pharaoh Sanders playing saxophone with Lightning Bolt but occasionally they take a holiday to 2040.
You’re set to release your debut album, ‘The Delicate Balance of Terror’, this month. That’s a mysterious title, so can we expect the album to be dark…
The album’s name was also the name of an academic paper written in 1958 by Albert Wohlstetter. It describes the precarious balance between nations that have the ability to strike with thermonuclear force. We chose the names for the album after it was recorded when we were listening back trying to make sense of what came out. ‘Death Is Elsewhere’ is the first single we put out. It’s a reference to the Dutch performance artist, Bas Jan Ader, who sailed away on a boat and never came back. The album is definitely dark, but we hope it is equally light. Ideally, people will listen to the album as a whole rather than individual tracks because they are all part of a conversation bigger than themselves.
You worked with Danalogue & Betamax (The Comet is Coming) on the release, so what was that like? Did you have any issues? Did you receive any advice?
It was a really great process. We tracked the album over three days and didn’t hear it again till it came back mixed three months later. The only thing we changed was the fade out on one track! We chose to work with them as we love their production style so it all made sense. The best advice was not to compromise; do what you do and if it’s any good, people will want to hear it!
Having now played a flurry of live dates, what have been your best and worst moments on the live circuit?
The best moments are whenever you have an audience that wants to listen. The worst moments are when people chat through the set although, to be honest, that doesn’t happen very often.
You head to Cobalt Studios in Newcastle on May 12th, so what can gig-goers expect from your set?
Full power! Maybe bring earplugs!
What else do you have coming up in 2018 that your North East fans can get excited about?
Well, we’re also playing in Edinburgh, Leeds and York on the tour. Sometime later in the year, we’ll be putting out another 7” single with a small label called Champion Version. And towards the end of this year, we’re aiming to start work on the next album. There is also The DBT Trilogy of films we’ve made that you can check out on YouTube.
Run Logan Run plays Cobalt Studios, Newcastle on Saturday 12th May where they support Ponyland. Tickets, priced at £4.00, are available from cobaltstudios.co.uk.
The band’s debut album, ‘The Delicate Balance of Terror’, will be released on Friday 4th May. For further information about the release and Run Logan Run’s upcoming tour dates, head to runloganrun.com.