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Run Dan Run
Basic Mechanics
(independent)

Pop-rock project Run Dan Run — skippered by vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist Dan McCurry — get all spacey and atmospheric on their new studio collection. McCurry, a versatile player who's dabbled in a variety of electric jazz, funk, and rock bands, has his own focus here. With musical collaborator and studio engineer Ash Hopkins, he's created a strong modern "indie rock" debut. Basic Mechanics leans in different directions but stays on track. The slow-flowing "Enough for Crimes" sounds like a band dozing off into the ether. Guest vocalist Erin McKinley's repetitive chants over drummer Nick Jenkins' ringy cymbal accents during "Science" might remind some of Yo La Tengo's weirder stuff. Guitars ring out and chime on the more upbeat "The Set Up/The Blackout." McCurry's breathy, drowsy singing style hovers over the unique orchestration. Could he emerge as the next serious Charleston songsmith? With accomplishments like Basic Mechanics, he's already on his way. (www.myspace.com/rundanrun) —T. Ballard Lesemann

Run Dan Run perform an "End of Tour Party" gig at 52.5 Records on Thurs. July 12 at 7 p.m. - Charleston City Paper, Ballard T. Lesemann


INDIE-ROCK | Run Dan Run
w/ Fifths, Red Legs
Thurs. June 28
Cumberland’s
$5

Run, who, what? Run Dan Run celebrate their official, all-ages “CD Release” of their first studio collection, Basic Mechanics, this Thursday at Cumberland’s. The melodic, echoey, and somewhat beautifully morose indie band are yet another creative project stemming out of local musician, collaborator, and studio engineer Ash Hopkins’ home studio scene. Led by singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Dan McCurry, the core lineup includes Hopkins, drummer extraordinaire Nick Jenkins, Erin McKinley, and, most likely, Steve Fiore (pictured with McCurry). “This will actually be the first day we’ll physically have the albums in our hands, pressed and pretty, to sell, so it’s really a ‘CD Release’ party,” says McCurry. “We’re also playing on Lowcountry Live on Channel 4 that morning to promote this show.” (It airs at 10 a.m. on Thurs. June 28). The band leave for a two-week tour up the coast, concluding with an “End of Tour Party” gig at 52.5 Records on Thurs. July 12. Check www.myspace.com/rundanrun for more. —TBL THURSDAY - Charleston City Paper, Ballard T. Lesemann


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Basic Mechanics - june 2007

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Dan McCurry, a young lad of 21, collected up quite a collection of things called "instruments". He didn't know what they did. He then found a friend in Nick Jenkins, the monsterly creative and skilled drummer/multi-instrumentalist. They then spent many hrs together playing music and eating huddle house and talking and drawing and recording and goofing off. They later said "wow, we are doing all the things a band does... eat, make music, talk, draw, and record. we should make a band." And so they did. and "Run Dan Run" was born. and on the other end during the delivery of our baby "Run Dan Run" was Ash Hopkins (we really aren't sure who the father was... or the mother either. it just kinda fell out and there it was). and so Ash Hopkins not knowing what else to do holding this sweet baby, he decided to join up, and the people were overjoyed. And Nick said "ahhh! LIFE!", Ash was awarded the key to the city, and Dan cried a lot and used up all the tissues. the end.