Rise and Run

FRESH: ‘Fantasy & Fiction’ – Rise and Run

US pop/rock group Rise and Run have released their new single and video for “Fantasy & Fiction”.

by Christopher Smith

Rise and Run Fantasy & Fiction

Maine-based pop/rock outfit Rise and Run have just released their new single and video for “Fantasy & Fiction”, their first new material since bass player Austin Walker and drummer Micah Martin joined the group earlier this year.

Rise and Run are a pop/rock outfit based in Bangor, Maine. The band formed in 2007 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. Rise and Run won consecutive years at the Battle of the Bands (2007 and 2008) and with a growing fan base they released their self-titled EP in 2009. Rise and Run quickly became identified by high-flying vocals (Gregory Winningham) and tight harmony between keys (Drew Winningham) and guitar (Chance Rollins).

Fall 2015, the band started working on their debut album “Isaac” and introduced a new guitarist (Zach Martin) and drummer (Austin Walker.) Rise and Run’s album was independently produced and recorded at The Halo Studios with producer Darren Elder (The Wrecking, Crusoe) and audio- engineer Kevin Billingslea. In July 2017, “Isaac” was officially released and Rise and Run spent the next year touring the East Coast performing a variety of concerts and playing premiere Christian Music Festivals such as Soulfest and River Rock. The band has also opened for popular acts such as Unspoken and Meredith Andrews, among many others.

Rise and Run creates a mature sound focused on rhythm and anthem-rock mixed with distinct and expressive lyrical arrangements. The band values themes of love, compassion, and forgiveness to explore the complex veins of life and faith. If you enjoy the likes of The Script, The Fray, and Train, then you’ll love the pop-rock expressiveness of Rise and Run. In 2018 the band welcomed new drummer (Micah Martin) and Austin Walker adopted bass/vocals, and Rise and Run returned to The Halo Studio in 2018 to record two brand new singles “Fantasy & Fiction” and “Constantly”.

Currently the band is booking shows, recording, and composing tracks for their sophomore release. When the band is ‘off the clock’, they keep involved in their local church and community.

Rise and Run are:
Gregory Winningham – lead vocals, keyboard (2007-present)
Austin Walker – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals (2014-present)
Micah Martin – drums (2015-present)

For more about Rise and Run, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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