Rum Runner

Rum Runner


Rum Runner was formed in the Fall of 2001. Blending punk with hints of country, folk, and 50's rock n' roll, Rum Runner has been successful in creating a style all their own. With three full length albums, three 7" records, and several tours Rum Runner show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.


Eight years. One hundred condemned halls. Five hundred odious bars. Ten thousand miles of lonely highway. Two hundred thirty squalid parking lots. Eighty eight suspicious security guards. Fifty-six dubious police officers. Seven justified public drinking offences. Three showers. Ninety wistful phone calls to loved ones. Two visits to the emergency room. Eleven stitches in the head. One thousand broken strings. Four hundred broken bottles. Five broken hearts. Five shattered dreams. Five disenchanted personas. Five crestfallen vagabonds. Five unrepentant Calgarians. Five persevering outsiders.

Eight years. Thirty-eight taxing studio days. Dozens of idiomatic anthems. Two eclectic producers. Three aberrant seven-inch records. Six commendatory catalysts for ideas. Three dogmatically resplendent full-length records. Five tortured souls reprieved. Five proud artificers. One disdain towards the prevailing winds. One contempt towards musical definition. One perpetual propensity towards levity.

Eight years of respite. Eight years of camaraderie. Eight years of inspiration. Eight liters of blood. Eighteen liters of vomit. Eighty liters of sweat. Eighty thousand pints of Guinness. Five solar pessimists. Five romantic egotists. Five disheartened idealists. Five dipsomaniacal sentimentalists. Five steadfast traditionalists. One perpetual sense of apathy towards anybody else’s opinion on the matter.
- Derek Stevie, 2009

Autumn 2001. Harboring an increasingly heartless and suffocating music scene, Calgary, Alberta was becoming a punk rock ghost town. Musical regurgitation abounded as too many musicians listened to too few musicians, and too many acts emulated the same old act. Similarly to what was happening in other cities, a handful of musicians were tactful enough to abandon such practices for a blatant challenging of what had come before. Thereby, the passion of emotional music was flexed beyond standards that had been set previously and volume, velocity and veracity achieved new heights. But more importantly than this, an even smaller handful of musicians conceded that the real problem with punk rock was that it’s champions were always trying to usher it another step forward when it hadn’t actually been properly acquainted with the past. Forfeiting orthodoxy, these young gentlemen saw the potential for rebel music to meld harmoniously with some of the twentieth century’s most eclectic, if somewhat seedy, art forms. After all, why shouldn’t the grit of Delta blues, the street poetry of hardboiled fiction and the existentialism of film noir be embraced by a genre that was originally based on unorthodoxy itself? As there is no cogent answer to this question, Rum Runner was birthed out of absolute necessity. Drawing far more influence from Dashiell Hammett, John Huston and Arthur Guinness than from the Clash, the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, Calgary’s sons have been performing their musical discourse on other generation’s pop cultures all over North America since their inception. Of particular mention is the fact that their memorably anarchic live show has been welcome everywhere from the most deplorable dive to the most reputable folk festival. There’s also been an increasing propensity to assault living rooms worldwide with the Rum Runner sound via 2004’s Association (Longshot Music), 2005’s Dead Men are Heavier Than Broken Hearts 7” (Longshot Music) and 2006’s Rum Runner in Guns at Cyrano’s (Stumble Records / Longshot Music). As music around them continues to evolve, Rum Runner remains hellbent on satiating that niche craving for a sound that looks backwards for inspiration.


A Tribute to the Pogues - 7"
Association LP 2004
Dead Men are Heavier than Broken Hearts - 7" 2005
Rum Runner in Guns at Cyrano's LP - 2006
Dead Men Picture Disc 7" 2006
What's the Music Mean to You? LP 2009

Set List

20-30 minutes of blistering rootsy punk rock.