Run Boy Run will celebrate the release of its latest album, “Something to Someone,” with the acoustic pop duo Ryanhood this Friday.
The two groups will perform separate sets, then come together in an evening meant to showcase the new works of one of Arizona’s hardest working string bands.
The album, Run Boy Run’s sophomore full-length effort, was recorded at Bear Creek Studio, a converted barn in Woodinville, Washington, just outside of Seattle.
The official release date won’t be until Oct. 28, but copies will be available at the concert. A vinyl version of “Something to Someone” will be out by the end of November.
Cellist and Vocalist Grace Rolland spoke to Caliente while on the way to a wedding in Colorado.
Run Boy Run did a professional press photo with Ryanhood to promote this show. How well do the bands know each other? “One of our very first shows in Tucson was with Ryanhood. They have been great to us. They introduced us to the Albuquerque scene. We had our first show in Albuquerque supporting them and they have a huge following there. It has been a good musical relationship.”
Tell me about “Something to Someone.” “It is a collection of material that everybody wrote independently, then brought together. We pitched songs from our own repertoires, then culled it down to a selection of songs that worked together thematically and had a similar resonance across the board. The album isn’t necessarily about one thing or another, but we definitely try to tie the material together.”
What kind of themes did you weave into the release? “In a lot of the songs, there are themes of being away from home. Being separated from a loved one, finding where you are and who you are with. A lot of those things came out of that first long summer season of touring as a band, away from family.”
Why choose Washington for the album? “We wanted to find a location that was some place other than our home. We wanted to find some place that could be a dedicated site, that had no ties. That was important to us.
“The studio is a converted barn. The rooms were inspiring in themselves and conducive to acoustic music; our wooden instruments in a wooden barn. The comfort and ease that we felt in the studio comes through in the confidence of the album.”