After two years and two releases, pop-rockers Gun Runner are taking a break. Keyboardist / singer Sean Davenport and guitarist Tommy Graf say they want to focus on their own projects.
Gun Runner released a new album, Obstacles and Experiments, in August. But they decided to go on hiatus after members got too busy to tour, Davenport says. And Graf says he wants to make darker, heavier, more psychedelic music.
The band might play again for “shits and giggles,” or maybe even record, Davenport says. But he's started a new band, Hills Like Elephants, and he's been recording a new album, The Endless Charade, that he says will be out early next year. And Graf's been playing in Dark Thirty, a new psych-rock duo that will release an album in February.
“It's kind of a win-win,” Davenport says. “Everyone kind of got to do what they wanted to do.”
Blues-rockers Little Hurricane got some TV airplay recently. The duo's song “Haunted Heart” was used in an episode of Gossip Girl, and three weeks ago, their song “Get By” was used in an episode of the ABC drama Revenge. Drummer C.C. declined to say how much they were paid, but she said it'll help buy new gear.
Golden Hill's Black Box Recording Studios just released an epic, 34-track compilation of mostly unreleased material by local bands, including Transfer, Writer and The Long and Short of It. The compilation is available for download for $8 at blackboxstudios.bandcamp.com.
Open-mic veteran Happy Ron will celebrate his 1,500th live performance at Lestat's on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Since 2004, he's played an average of five open-mic nights a week, he says. Jessica Hull and Zakk Boyd will also perform.