Originally from Rhode Island, recent escapees from Nashville and now settled in Los Angeles; Runaway Saints have already lived up to their name by being a band on the run. Since forming two years ago down in Nashville, Runaway Saints have spent most of their time on the road performing in front of the eclectic crowds of Rod Stewart, Jonny Lang, Ryan Cabrera, and several others.
The trio (comprised of Johnny Gates, Jamie Jarbeau and Matt Scanlon) have just released their first single “Weekend” on The Independent. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album Blvds which is due out on July 15th, and the video can be seen below:
Runaway Saints have honed their own brand of melodic pop hooks and high-energy sound on the new track. “Weekend is a track that represents the feeling I was having just before our move,” singer Johnny Gates explains.
“I found myself aimlessly writing music during the week, that kind of felt soulless to me. But on weekends, we'd be in these different towns and cities and playing live and it felt amazing. Even if we never saw some of the people ever again, we were all together for that moment. So I wanted a song that spoke to people grinding away during the week or those waiting around for something or someone to happen. Screw it, the weekend is ours, so let's make the most of it.”
The new single and video serves as a taste from what’s in store from the band. “We really wanted the video to show off a day in the life of us in LA,” Gates added. “We moved out here after some frustrating time elsewhere, and wanted the first vision of ours to be something depicting LA, and more importantly, Venice. It's all about the art community there. We actually went down there without a spot on the boardwalk for ourselves, and a local artist gave up his spot because we were new to LA. It was beautiful. It's always the weekend down in Venice.”
More details about the band’s debut album Blvds, along with tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.