By Luke Martin
On Sept. 13, CalArts alumni band Fell Runner—Steven van Betten (Music BFA 14), Gregory Uhlmann (Music BFA 14), Patrick Kelly (Music BFA 13) and Tim Carr (Music BFA 11) will perform their debut, self-titled album at the Bootleg Theater in LA. Fell Runner, the album, was released on Aug. 18 by Orenda Records and features an 8-track CD in a 4-panel digipack covered in original artwork by Orenda’s Eron Rauch, along with liner notes by Jeff Parker, guitarist for the experimental rock band Tortoise.
Fell Runner is a raw and honest album. Guitarist and vocalist Gregory Uhlmann describes it as, at its core, “an outgrowth of our live show,” a feeling easily grasped as soon as the album begins. More than this, though, the band creates a unique combination of West African influences, something developed during their time at CalArts, with a punk/indie rock feel and sound. They convincingly put forth a work that is at once raw yet tightly put together, jagged yet soulful, and complex yet danceable—no easy task.
Orenda Records founder and music director, Daniel Rosenboom (Music MFA 07), describes the album as filled with “infectious interlocking guitar riffs, seductive vocals, surging rhythm, rolling bass, and a noisy inter-continental vibe,” something “forward-thinking, global, and awesome.” In other words, it is “who these guys are.”
Tickets for the Sept. 13 show at the Bootleg Theater are $5 and can be purchased online. Emerson Star and Easy open the show.