Besides being the title of a cultishly awesome Disney movie from the 90s your kids will never know about, COOLRUNNINGS is the name of a four-piece indie outfit hailing from Knoxville, TN. Started by Brandon Biondo and Forrest Ferguson in late 2009, Biondo departed his then-band Royal Bangs to focus on COOLRUNNINGS full-time a few months later. Claiming influences from, among other styles, psychedelia, new wave, and synth pop, the duo says their writing approach is more like making a mixtape of everything they love.
In their newest track, Spirit of the High, theres a sense of the aforementioned psychedelia influence amidst the reverberating riffs of this grooving rock diddy. It might not be something you notice, but the cymbals were apparently recorded using a wooden-handled steak knife as opposed to drum sticks. Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Hear Spirit of the High below, and get lifted.
COOLRUNNINGS have two EPs out on their own Dracula Horse imprint and a 7 on Too Pure. Hit the band’s Bandcamp for more.