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ATL | 16:38 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011


It’s clear that cold noses, icy streets and the probability of bruised bums weren’t going to stop anyone from missing what was the ATL ‘Gig of the Week’, with an impressive showing early doors at The Stiff Kitten.

Fresh off their tour of Ireland, Runaway GO bring it home for the release of their second single ‘Delicate Man.’ The indie rock 5 piece are becoming renowned for their high powered performances, so Friday night was held in high expectations.


The night kicked off with Before Machines, a mathrock act, of sorts. The lads caught the attention of the scattered punters with their angsty melodies and energetic stage show, treating us to a performance of gritty, riff filled, alternative rock, with some interesting synth dispersed throughout.

Perhaps a tad mismatched in support to RunawayGo, they sounded on top form, engaging the crowd throughout with a neat combination of onstage banter, hard vocals and heavy rhythm.

Runaway GO took to the stage with a warm welcome from the eagerly awaiting crowd, kickstarting their set with an extended, rhythmic introduction to their first single ‘Alligator.’ The build-up was intense and there was a strong energy coming from the band within moments.

One of the most noticeable elements of this band is how amazingly fitted lead vocalists Fiona and Dave are together. They complement each other perfectly, with Fiona’s vocals holding an intimate, delicate and powerful all at the same time, whereas Dave brings the dramatic depth that is predominant throughout their set.

“Wide awake” was an inevitable highlight, prompting an over powering call and response with the admiring audience, which left the band awestruck. Such an epic performance and one we can easily imagine taking place in an arena.

Closer ‘Delicate Man’ gives us tingles as Dave gives a humble thanks to an energised, ‘mental’ (his words) crowd. Having fallen in love, we’re left feeling RunawayGo have something special - the onstage chemistry which captivates the audience, along with their anthemic chorus’ and melancholic melodies. No one leaves surprised they’re finally getting that recognition they deserve.

Sara Larkham




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