Middle Distance Runner â€“ S/T / 2007 Self / 6 Tracks / http://www.middledistancerunner.com/
â€œThe Sun and Earthâ€ is the first track on this EP, and it starts out in a sedate way. However, the tempo is something that slowly builds up to give individuals something to get amped up with. The neat composition allow the vocals to take a focal part of the bandâ€™s sound, and while the act is influenced by bands like Interpol and The Editors, Middle Distance Runner has a sound that is all their own. â€œThe Sun and Earthâ€ is the track that will get individuals talking about the band, and it will be on the success of this track that Middle Distance Runner makes a name for themselves. The clapping, shuffling sound of â€œMonochrome Boysâ€ links up with a vocal style that unites Fall Out Boy and Maroon 5, and while the band again plays on a few common musical styles, the beauty of Middle Distance Runner is that they soon make their own style prominent.
â€œMonochrome Boysâ€ may not be as intuitive of a single as â€œThe Sun and Earthâ€, but it will get more individuals interested in the band. Middle Distance Runner slows things down with â€œWith Swordsâ€, and gives a whole new set of listeners reason to focus in on the act. The bandâ€™s shoegazing style during â€œWith Swordsâ€ makes it seem like a good bet that they will be able to move onto a full length format without much in the way of growing pains. Throwing in some more clapping and a faster tempo a minute or so into the track, Middle Distance Runner make another play for the radio rotation charts. The songs on this self titled EP will create a decent-sized fanbase, and allows the act to see what approaches do and donâ€™t work. I know that I would like to hear more from this band in the future.
Top Track: Up In A Tree