sundayrunners

sundayrunners

BandAlternativeRock

Successfully mixing traces of Radiohead, Pixies and The Flaming Lips into hook-laden modern rock with heartfelt, haunting, yet uplifting and endearing vocals reminiscent of early Bowie, Bono and Marc Bolan.

Biography

Sundayrunners had taken some time off to make babies and battle diseases. We are happy to report:

All babies have been born!
All diseases have been beaten!

Oh yes, and we started and completed our second record: “Tame Animals”.
It’s a winding tale of doctors, killers, mountains, underwater lights and, um, animals. Recorded in Midwest basements, stinky rehearsal spaces and filthy bathrooms, we’ve done our best to reproduce what we’ve learned as a band in the close confines of the van and the sweaty clubs across America.

Shut your eyes and keep the headphones on.

- Randy Diderrich (sundayrunners)

Chicago's sundayrunners and Machine Records now present: Tame Animals. The follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album Sunday Runners. With this new 10-song release, the band offers its discerning fans an album that is unmistakably sundayrunners while putting a fresh spin on the tightly crafted power pop for which they’ve become known. This digital-only release is available June 24th with a full artwork CD package to be released September 9th and followed up with regional tour dates in the fall.

Previous radio support from WOXY, The Current in Minneapolis, Philadelphia’s WXPN and five weeks in the CMJ Top 200 where Sunday Runners charted at over a hundred college stations over the course of five months, helped the band rack up respectable indie level CD sales in the US and several other countries on their debut. A strong demand for licensing their music led to tracks ”Memories Left At Sea” on FOX TV's The O.C. as well as online advertising for Adidas Footwear, “Elected” and several other songs on MTV’s The Real World, and VH1 shows. In addition, the band received positive press from respected media outlets such as Paste Magazine, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, The Onion and many other publications.

Described as “More of a band album than the first CD” says Randy Diderrich, (vocals, guitar) who’s done a majority of the writing and considers the prior disc more of a solo effort because it was recorded with current band members plus several other musician friends, but the “band” didn’t come together until they started to tour to support the release. The rest of the lineup is completed with Randy’s brother Rick Diderrich (bass), former Tobin Sprout (Guided By Voices) touring guitarist Mason Brown (vocals and guitar), along with Dan Reinholdt (drums) and Aaron Grant (keys) who both also share their time with their other band The Buddyrevelles.

The band developed the majority of these songs, including album opener “Adios!” and the title track “Tame Animal Trainers,” during their touring in 2005 and 2006 as they performed the gamut of respected Chicago venues from The Hideout, Schubas, Double Door and The Metro as well as national tour stops at the Viper Room in Los Angeles to Sin-e and Piano’s in New York and many other best clubs and key music festivals in between. Track three, “Bitter Patience,” introduces Brown on lead vocals, who has written and delivers lead vocals on four of these ten new tracks. Several of the other offerings tell the true stories of losing a close friends to cancer and a tragic motorcycle accident as well as grade school fights that all have helped inspire the depth of their music. Giving a nice close to the album is a cover of power-pop-forefathers Big Star’s song “The Ballad of el Goodo” that seems to sum up the band’s never surrender attitude that was needed to overcome personal and professional challenges in the completion of this long awaited sophomore effort.

Formed in 2004 by front man Randy Diderrich, sundayrunners have become an admired part of the Midwest music scene. Their sophisticated, but ultimately accessible tunes blend the best of alternative, pop and indie rock to create a sound that not only garners instant appeal, but has impressive staying power. Much has passed since their first album – births, illness and a multitude of life experiences have accumulated since the sundayrunners were born as a group and this added maturity is evident on Tame Animals.

Recorded by J. Christopher Hughes, Aaron Grant and Randy Diderrich.
Mixed by J. Christopher Hughes and sundayrunners

Band MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/sundayrunners

Band website:
http://www.sundayrunners.com

Press contact for more info:
mailto:Press@machine-inc.com?subject=SundayRunners : Tame Animals

Label site:
http://www.machinerecords.com

Lyrics

Elected

Written By: Randy Diderrich (didmusic / sumter-machine music)

you're choosing sides
when you're throwing dice
and you won't always be the underdog

and this is not a sign
and this is just a way to follow
motormouth headlines tomorrow

and if elected I
I will be on your side
and we could come together
and take on the bad guys

these battle lines
it's your team verses mine
and you should have known
you can't survive

the old kid's doing fine
the new kid wants his flag to fly
it's money lead monkey don't follow

and if elected I
I will be on your side
and we could come together
and take on the bad guys
I, I fight for the little guy
a promise to keep
a big mistake is not too late

you're rolling dice
but you're rolling side to side
and you'll always be the underdog
when you were in your prime
when you were on the sunday special
story lines harder to follow

and if elected I
I will be on your side
and we could come together
and take on the bad guys
I, I'll fight for the little guy
a promise to make
a big mistake a risk I'll take

Memories Left At Sea

Written By: Randy Diderrich

after all the birds have left the beach
you have to swim alone
you have to come back home

twenty days turns into twenty weeks
and memories left at sea
have washed upon the beach

once a wave of joy came over me
i paid it no attention
and it went far away

once upon a time was seventeen
i didn’t have a case
but wasn’t there a crime committed

we could find a life beneath the lake
we’ll build a simple house
and deeper diving deeper diving

long to see the sun above the wake
and i can hold your breath
and don’t come up for air

after all the birds have left the beach
you have to swim alone
you have to come back home

twenty days turns into twenty weeks
and memories left at sea
are washed upon the beach

Into Your Head

Written By: Randy Diderrich

into your head a path that led
around the back to no place

a cup of black you took and drank
you swam and sank for no one

into your room you sway and swoon
you came too soon for no one

where are you from
why do you follow me
far out and hard to find
it’s best when your near
off to the races again

into your head a path that led
around the back to no place

into your room you sway and swoon
you came too soon for no one

what’s to become of this great undone
west bound it’s uptown
and into that in crowd
it’s off on the tangent again

what will remind
you of your past life
full on but falling behind

lost in stargaze
we tossed in the seascapes
force fed a lifetime into your head

how could you know
that these were the big dream days
always one chapter behind

Discography

CD:
SundayRunners - sundayrunners (Machine Records) Nov. 15, 2005

CD: Tame Animals - sundayrunners ( Machine Records)
July 1, 2008

Set List

Selected songs from their first release plus many new songs from the forthcoming record