Next Wednesday (11/15/17), Bristol punk band The Run Up will release their self-titled debut album via Real Ghost Records and Get Party Records. This will be The Run Up’s first release since the Sink Or Swallow//North EP earlier this year.

The first thing I noticed when I started listening to The Run Up’s self-titled album was the band’s energy. The album immediately kicks off with a bang! Its first track is a song called “WKND”, a fun and over-the-top anthem that serves as the perfect introduction to the band’s sound and sets up the rest of the album nicely.

The next nine tracks don’t disappoint either. The entire album is packed from front to back with bouncy, energetic jams that make its 30-minute runtime fly by. It’s punk rock as it should be: loud, obnoxious, and fun as hell, regardless of where you are and what you’re doing when you listen to it.

The album is also the band’s most cohesive sounding release to date. It does a terrific job updating and evolving the band’s sound from their previous EPs, without sacrificing any of the things that make them so good.

Combine all of that with the band’s upbeat and insightful lyrics, covering subjects like loss of friends, making mistakes and searching for clarity, and what you get is a truly fantastic debut album. This is exactly what The Run Up deliver on their self-titled album. The band adds another excellent album to the growing list great releases from 2017. Hopefully, it won’t be long before they’re back with more new music!

Fans of bands like Iron Chic, Aerial Salad, Ma Jolie and The Slow Death will love The Run Up! Notable tracks from their album include: “Learning Loss”, “Terrance”, “WKND” and “Line ‘Em Up”.

Album Score: 4.5/5

U.S./Canada vinyl and digital pre-orders can be found on Get Party Records’ Bandcamp page here:

UK/EU vinyl preorders can be found on Real Ghost Records’ website here:

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Check out The Run Up’s previous EPs on their Bandcamp page here:

Watch the new music video for “WKND” here:

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