Middle Distance Runner is an indie-pop outfit from Washington, D.C. whose 5 members combine their different influences to create a multi-layered sound that seamlessly blends their disparate influences. In addition to indie-pop, their sound has elements of heavy rock and shoe-gazing layered beneath the accessible surface.
Singer Stephen Kilroy and drummer Erik Dean usually build the lyrical and melodic framework of a song, and are followed into the studio by guitarists Allan Chappelear and Jay Smith. Chappelear does his best to bring out a grittier side of the pop tendencies of Kilroy and Dean, while Smith fills the sonic holes with ambiance. Bassist Ian Glinka provides his britpop-influenced backdrop to the songs, completing the tapestry of styles that comprises Middle Distance Runner’s sound.
In 2006, MDR self-released their debut album, Plane in Flames to critical and popular acclaim. MDR recently completed a self-titled EP containing new and reworked material, which will be available to the public in Fall of 2007.
Praise For Middle Distance Runner
“These insanely catchy rockers [think the Strokes] are the city’s pick-to-click for mainstream success.” – Spin
“With a growing regional fan-base and a name that’s beginning to be heard across the country, Middle Distance Runner could be on the verge of something big.”- Paste
“Middle Distance Runner goes out of its way to flex its muscles and display some diversity, with “Man of the People” tossing in some Hives-like garage rock, “Shoot the Shit” cribs a little Soundtrack of Our Lives, “Hooks” comes over as a blippy-to-anthemic Postal Service nod, while “That’s a Lie” ends things on a Jesus and Mary Chain wall of guitars. – Pop Matters
“MDR’s sound clearly draws on mid-’90s British rock – think pre-OK Computer Radiohead, Blur, Oasis – and exudes a confidence and professionalism that many young bands lack.” – The Washington Post
11.09 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
11.29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11.30 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
12.02 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
12.04 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
12.07 – Tampa Bay, FL @ The Crow Bar
12.09 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
12.10 – Charleston, SC @ The Map Room
12.11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
12.12 – Norfolk, VA @ The Boot
12.13 – Baltimore, MD @ Lo-Fi Social Club
12.14 – Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
12.15 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
* All shows with Mobius Band