|Interview by Burt Wolf with Duane Reed, guitarist for DESTROY THE RUNNER!
Interview done May 13th, 2007.
CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BAND UP TO THIS POINT? HOW YOU GOT
TOGETHER? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS WERE IN?
We formed about 3 years ago in San Diego, California. I met our other guitar player Nick while working together
at Starbucks. We then crossed paths with Marc who was looking to get into something as well. We met Kyle just
from running into each other at way too many shows. And last we met Jeremiah through our friends in SEVER
YOUR TIES (San Diego band).
WHY WAS THE NAME DESTROY THE RUNNER CHOSEN AS THE BAND NAME?
Our drummer, Marc, is really into this movie called LOGAN'S RUN. Just watch it & you'll understand.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME INFLUENCE OR IMPACT ON YOUR
MUSIC OR LIFE IN GENERAL?
The awareness that we were put on this earth to be part of a cause greater than
YOUR DEBUT CD "SAINTS" HAS BEEN OUT SINCE SEPTEMBER
LAST YEAR. HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN DOING FOR YOU GUYS?
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN LIKE?
It's been doing better than we could have ever imagined. Everyday someone
new finds out about us & our fan base hasn't stopped growing. Hopefully it
never does! Haha!
SOLID STATE RECORDS PUT THIS ALBUM OUT FOR YOU GUYS. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED
UP WITH THEM & HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
We actually sent them a demo when we first formed & they just so happened to like it. We didn't end up signing
with them right away. We began talking to other labels & in the end, about a year later, we started to talk again &
made the decision to go for it. I'm so glad we did. They treat us great & I think it's the best decision we've made
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COVER ARTWORK A BIT & IT'S MEANING?
The natural purity & spirit of nature really symbolizes many of the qualities of a "Saint". The snow being white is
a big part of that as the color white can represent that purity & cleanliness. There are also 5 transparent symbols
through out the layout. A circle, an "X", an arrow pointing above, the sun & a cross. Each of these also
represents qualities of "Saints".
YOUR LYRICS TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH THAN MOST BANDS
OF THIS STYLE. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE SUBJECT
MATTER IN YOUR LYRICS?
We basically just like to talk about everyday problems & struggles from a positive
& hopeful prospective.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF
DESTROY THE RUNNER?
Fast, energetic & emotional or at least that's what we're going for.
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN OUT ON SOME GREAT TOURS FOR THIS
ALBUM? WHO HAVE YOU TOURED WITH & WHERE?
HERO & LOSA. Last summer we went out with HASTE THE DAY, SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS &
AUGUST BURNS RED for a full U.S. & Canadian tour. After that another U.S. tour with THE CHARIOT,
AUGUST BURNS RED, INHALE/EXHALE & 12 GAUGE VALENTINE. Did a short one with
CATHERINE, OH SLEEPER & A LOVE ENDS SUICIDE after that.
DO ANY OF THESE SHOWS STICK OUT FOR ANY REASON MORE THAN OTHERS?
Honestly, I don't think there's been a bad show! They're all awesome!
IS THERE A NEW TOUR PLANNED YET? WITH WHO & WHERE?
Right now we're getting ready to hit the U.S. again with CALICO SYSTEM, ENDWELL & BLOODLINED
ARE YOU GUYS ABLE TO SURVIVE OFF OF JUST THE BAND YET? IF NOT, WHAT DO YOU
GUYS DO JOB WISE TO SURVIVE?
Not yet, I can't wait! Well, it's difficult to keep a job when you're gone as much as we are. We just try to pick up
as much random work as possible when we're home.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU GUYS DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR
Just hang out with friends & family. Go to shows...just generally keep it real.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU
PLAY? WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY
BEEN LISTENING TO?
Oh yeah, tons...MEW, DREDG, GOODBYE TOMORROW, DEFTONES,
CIRCA SURVIVE, BJORK, THEIVES AND LIARS...so much more.
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT
We each consume a minimum of 12 burritos per week. It's kind of a rule or
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU
EVER WENT TO?
First album: GREEN DAY - "DOOKIE". First concert: P.O.D.
IS THERE ANY NEW MATERIAL IN THE WORKS? WILL THIS BE RELEASED ON SOLID STATE
RECORDS AS WELL?
We have been writing up a storm. Hoping to start demoing some stuff very, very soon. Yeah, SOLID STATE
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW
THAT IT'S DONE?
Deleting all the spam from the bands myspace. So annoying! I think I will eat...a burrito, haha!
THANX FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS. IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD,
FEEL FREE TO DO SO! THANX!
Thanks to everyone & anyone who supports us. We Love You!