Running Lights

Running Lights

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Running Lights formed in January of 2006, bringing together three vocalists, songwriters and musicians interested in exploring every opportunity for resonance with their audiences. Since their debut the trio has garnered the attention of industry professionals, local press and an avid fan base.

Biography

Running Lights is Ian Holljes, Eric Holljes, and Alex Cornell. In January 2006, these singer/songwriters brought together their combined experience, both musical and personal, to create a band that would resonate with fans on every level.
Two weeks after the agreement to start a band was first realized, the guys embarked on a semester long mini-tour of their campus, singing weekly the ten songs they had worked out within their first two weeks of practice. They longed to get back to rehearsals: writing, playing, and creating a unique sound with one another, as opposed to simply touting culmination of three individually realized talents meshed together. But as awareness of their music spread throughout campus, they found their schedules too flooded with gigs to find time to rehearse. By April of the same year, they had gained such a following around campus as to be awarded the “People’s Choice Award” in the highly competitive Duke v. UNC Battle of the Bands.
Ian, Eric, and Alex were overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the humbling response they were so quickly receiving. But as finals finished up and the refuge of summer was upon them, they were excited to have the chance to be out of the spotlight and able to hone the sound their live performances had been hinting at all year. In May, they found the opportunity to do just that and conceived their first demo, a collection of songs ranging from flashy grit to heart-wrenching balladry and back again. Vocally, the songs represented a collective decade in a cappella and musical theatre and the pain and anger of love and rejection. Musically, the demo was a mixture of training and intuition applied with great care to the songs these boys had painstakingly crafted. The CD was recorded and mastered in an inspiring location: a family farm just outside of New York City. A week later the boys were in the city, peddling the sounds and charisma that would characterize Running Lights.
They have discovered the core sound and character that will grow and carry this innovative band to all its possible heights. And they are making sure that all their future fans are discovering the beauty, complexity, and grace of Running Lights.

Lyrics

Bend And Sway

Written By: Ian Hölljes

You never cared too much about that stuff
'Cause your goal was just to get picked up
And my thoughts were all too high to hit your head

Well most fools would take you anyway
'Cause your body knows to bend and sway
And you never put your needs before their bends

And there's time to look for lovers stares,
But I don't think I can meet you there.
'Cause you've never had convictions
I might be judging babe, but listen

'Cause I am waiting
For words divine,
But she's just waiting
'Til I'm fine.

Well your soul was nothing I could trust,
But I fell for something close to lust,
and I won't forgive myself for playing fool. (No I won't)

What sort of mind that claims to be this right
Falls for something that's as short as sight
While the bulb is sinking slowly into the pool. (So blame it on the stars)

'Cause I am waiting
For words divine,
But she's just waiting
'Til I'm fine. Well I'm fine, but I can't say I'll be okay until she's gone.

©Ian and Eric Hölljes

Ineffectual

Written By: Ian Hölljes

Why am I so easily encouraged?
Everybody gets this part of you
Feeling like a river without a bridge
Unsure of how to give this point of view

But you, you had a boat
That could traverse all of my troubled waters
But I, I didn’t know that you’d set afloat
On, oh, so many others

Cause yours is a voice
That brings calm to so many minds
And mine is a heart left behind

And I could be stronger
But I don’t want to be ineffectual
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time
I’m letting you wonder
What I meant when I said that I’m feeling full
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time

I never really knew what we were saying
Nothing that I’d ever heard before
But these were holes that you were used to staying in
And you could understand, but you were sure

That time had us in mind
Was on our side, and we could wait forever
But you’d use every break, use it to make
Me a wreck

Cause yours are the eyes
That flash ties into every waking corner
And mine are the cries left for her

And I could be stronger
But I don’t want to be ineffectual
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time
It takes me longer
To give away what it took you no time to pull
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time

And at the end of the night, she’ll be living in my dreams
But I’ll just lying in her bed
And when we wake up, we’ll each have different thoughts
But all will go unsaid

Cause who am I to claim the comfort of the masses as my own?
Who am I to hoard the shelter that so many seek as home?
Who am I, tell me, babe, because I don’t know what to do
Who am I to you?

And I could be stronger
But I don’t want to be ineffectual
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time
I’m letting you wonder
What I meant when I said that I’m feeling full
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time

I’m putting it on her
To let me know what she wants when I come to call
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time
It takes me longer
To give away what it took you no time to pull
I’m leaving it alone, girl
This time

©Ian and Eric Hölljes

Set List

Typical Set:

Sum It Up
Golden Boy
Babylon (David Gray Cover)
No Help Wanted
Bend And Sway
Mr. Brightside (The Killers Cover)
Ineffectual

This set is about 45 minutes long, and is usually what we are asked to perform. We have played shows that go upwards of 1hour of all original songs and 2 hours with both originals and covers.