We introduced you to Runabay back in June, when we reviewed their EP, which was, appropriately enough called, ‘The June EP’. Since then the six piece indie/pop/folk band from the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland have been performing, including a date in London, and working on their new single, ‘This Day’, due out next week. We asked Runabay to give us their Essential Weekly Playlist. It’s a collaborative effort between Gary Graham (guitar/vocals) and Gerard McHugh (vocals/percussion), with every “I” referring to Gerard.
Gerard: There were so many bands that I found it very difficult to choose, so this list would probably change on an hourly basis. I’ve noticed there are a few Irish inspirations in there so there is a lot to live up to in what we do.
Nick Drake – ‘Time Of No Reply’
Love Nick Drake’s dark lyrics and haunting playing.
Coldplay – ‘See You Soon’
Gary and I both love this old b-side of Coldplay’s – one of their finest.
U2 – ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
Declan is a huge U2 fan so I am taking a liberty in saying that he will like this.
Fleet Foxes – ‘Helplessness Blues’
Amazing harmonies which we aspire to. Also loving Father John Misty at the moment.
Radiohead – ‘Reckoner’
No hype needed just listen.
Fionn Regan – ‘Black Water Child’
Back when he was signed to Bella Union this was one of my favourites from his debut album.
Sam Cooke – ‘Cry Me A River’
Beautiful soul classic – how songs should be sung.
Villagers – ‘Becoming A Jackal’
A contemporary Irish artist,Conor J. O’Brien has an amazing talent for songwriting.
Paddy Casey – ‘Sweet Suburban Sky’
This is the man whom Gary aspired to in his guitar playing.
Arcade Fire – ‘Here Comes The Nighttime’
One of the best (if not the best) live band on the planet.