Earlier in the year, Halfway 2 Nowhere got very excited when upcoming Wolverhampton band Runaway Hounds released their track “Sophie”. Described as a “must listen for fans of the likes of Catfish And The Bottlemen, Peace, and Swim Deep” the band had already established themselves as a band looking to make quality indie-rock, ready made for the mainstream.
New track “Nightlight is due for release this Friday (30/11) and has been described as a song about Owen Stavenuiter’s experiences with irregular sleep patterns. Now earlier on in the year, single number two for these guys was a major step forward from their previous release “Rattlesnake” and it’s easy to see they’re still on a stratospheric rise when it comes to their songwriting and musical abilities.
Much more minimalist stylistically than their previous two releases, the anthemic chorus is one of few words, but plenty of power. “I’m not tired, I’m not tired no more” rings out throughout and is a track I’m sure is to become a real crowd favourite. Also, whilst bands they draw comparison to – Peace e.g. – are set on a path and a sound, Nightlight actually presents a slight departure from “Sophie” and “Rattlesnake” showing this young four-piece are a band still growing and discovering exactly who they’re going to be.
At times – my one critique of the band as a whole is they’re a little clean and tidy and don’t seem overly keen to push boundaries in their abilities. I believe if they sat down in a room and wrote their songs with nothing held back and their skills put to the limit, they could make something really, really special. Hopefully in 2019 Runaway Hounds can kick on, find the sound they want to drive their first EP and we might see one of the best upcoming bands in the UK present themselves on the festival circuits and landing some big support slots.