I caught Run River North when they were in town on Saturday Sept. 10th. It’s my third time watching them. They played at the Adelaide Hall in Toronto after performing in Buffalo the previous night. It seemed like an odd 2 city jaunt to the north east. They played here in April. Last month, they played for the first time at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka and Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival in Korea back in August.
Their performance consisted mostly of songs from their Run or Hide album mixed with songs from their first self titled album. They left out old favorites such as Monsters Calling Home, Run River Run and In The Water. I suppose every band has to start culling the old material and push the newer ones. They did (if my memory is accurate) include Lying Beast, Foxbeard, Growing Up and Fight to Keep with the last album with the last 2 as their encore. It’s a more rock sounding band. Daniel Chae didn’t play the violin. Jennifer Rim carried the load although she had a stint at the guitar and vocal for one song. The vocals are still very satisfying. It’s going to be interesting to see how they evolve and what their new material sounds like. The hall didn’t seem that full although I was standing near the front. Maybe there wasn’t enough publicity and promotion except through the band’s own social media.
They played well as usual and seem very comfortable after having a few tours under their belt. They had no problem developing a rapport with the audience. They thanked the audience a few times for supporting them by coming out and buying their merchandise. The lead singer Alex Hwang apologized for dropping an f-bomb at a drunken heckler at their last performance in Toronto in April. He didn’t need to nor was it expected but it was nice and speaks to their professionalism. All in all, a nice concert from this well rounded, mature band. I wish they played a bit longer. It’ll be interesting to see how they evolve. It’s a tough business and I wish them well.
I took a bunch of pictures with only a handful that turned out. One of these days, I’ll learn how to take better pictures and figure out how to handle the concert lighting. Sorry – I didn’t take a decent picture of the other member Sally Kang.
- Guitarist Daniel Chae
2. Violinist Jennifer Rim playing guitars during 1 song. I should have cropped this a bit better.
3. Drummer John Chong (who is absolutely fun to watch) and bassist Joe Chun doing vocals for Growing Up.
4. Singer Alex Hwang and Bassist Joe Chun (should have cropped this a bit better too). This was from my phone.