Run Chico Run

Run Chico Run


Musical permutations have been a calling card for electro-pop band Run Chico Run. Off kilter drums and licketty guitars collide with eerie organs and massive synth bass to produce a sound that is like nothing else.


Run Chico Run play an exhilarating style of music that cannot be succinctly described using words. If we were face to face, dear reader, I might be able to get the point across to you using a combination of hand gestures, fresh dance moves and tender caresses or i might say they sound a lot like geddy lee and bryan adams being force fed ambrosia salad off the floor of a trans am by the 1976 Dallas Cowboys. In other words, they sound fragile and squishy but at the same there is this bone crushing power that will put feelings in your whiskey hole.

The Chicos formally began their career in January of 1997, as a more conventional foursome, and have since been whittled down to just one pair of fully grown men.

In May of 1997, Run Chico Run released their first album, Lofimofo, but shortly after the record's release, the Chicos became a trio and they released an EP titled Asecretaryspeaks in October of that same year. In the spring of 1998, they spent a month recording their second album Melee which was released independently later that fall.

That summer, the boys embarked on their first Canadian tour, a preposterous three-month affair that gave their souls a sound crushing, yet still managed to pay their rent. However, it was on the eve of a successive seven-week tour when the band's third member backed out last minute leaving the remaining members with two options - go out on their own or cancel all the dates. With a shrug, they decided to go out as a two-piece. The compromise? While driving between performances, one would practice playing keyboards and drums simultaneously while the other drove.

Before they knew it, it was as if the two became one - virtually interchangeable on stage and off, one spending half the set on drums and bass synth and the other half singing, playing guitar or tickling a stack of keyboards. At home, the pair routinely share undearwear and wives. "Its getting realy weird and i don't think i'm comfortable with how far things have gone," quips skillings in an unguarded moment.

A New Peak In Lowdowness, released in 2001, served as Run Chico Run's formal introduction as a dynamic duo of songsmithery and instrumentation. Needless to say, this album caught a lot of peoples attention, especially Vancouver, BC's Boompa Records.

Shashbo, Run Chico Run's 2004 debut with Boompa Records, was critically acclaimed across North America, earning everything from simple and direct testaments to their talents ("Perfect stuff." -Exclaim) to muttered wonder of their multi-tasking capabilities ("insanely talented" -Splendid).

Slow Action, the Chico's fifth full-length release, was carefully crafted with unusual rhythms and innovative melodies. Delivered with a reckless abandon that is exhilarating to hear, the two-piece, multi-instrumental, mind-blowing machine doesn't disappoint. A totally original blend of lo-fi folk, psychedelic pop, fuzzy swamp rock, and deliriously vibrant instrumentation - all that's left to ponder is how they've remained under the radar for as long as they have.

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Jacques and Madeleine

Written By: Run Chico Run

Draped across the velvet chaise
Jacques is waiting for Madeleine again again
again with the breathing
any more and i'm leaving
i've grown sensitive beyond belief
and grinding teeth bring me no relief

hen there's no one to be angry with

You are there pale and thin
eyes blacked out and your cheeks sucked in
lips a ghastly shade
aren't they all these days
what's your angle here
did you come to tangle?
have morsel will mangle
makes no difference if we hang or dangle

when theres no one to be angry with
be angry with yourself

draw me a bath of sweet sweet milk and i'll show you something
observe the reaction as i dunk my baby toe
see the curds form and the way flow

when theres no one to be angry with
be angry with yourself

Giddy in a Headset

Written By: Matt Skillings

I want to mail you out in little beige envelopes to friends and employers so they'll know just what has been keeping me home, that I got a good thing going
You've had me streched out on carpet floors in motels, had me making scenes on bus routes
You've had me off my face, beautiful brave disgrace
Misplaced my love in cheap greasy spoons where no one else goes
Seems a natural way to get some kicks in Totown
Sad truth lights bring on the come down
I'll never be alone, I've always got my stone
Bemoan a sharp look, no where to go
Giddy and restless on my day pass
Obstreperous shapes floating around a little place where no one else goes


"Lofimofo" 13 song LP 1997
"A Secretary Speaks" 4 Song EP 1997
"Mélée" 18 song LP 1998
"A New Peak in Lowdowness" 12 Song LP 2001
"Shashbo" 12 Song LP 2004
"Slow Action" 10 song LP march 2006

Set List

Run Chico Run usually plays one 45-60 minute set of original material. As well, they can easily belt out three sets should the occasion warrant.