Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, RUN INTO THE SUN take as much pride in their roots as they do in creating politically and socially charged hardcore. Today the band shares Cry / Blood, a dual single focused on judgment, exploitation, and taking action. Recorded with Nic Kartchner at Grotto Audio, it marks the second in a planned series of singles, following Love / Pain released this past July.
“Cry” sets things off in a traditional hardcore style reminiscent of bands like Youth of Today and early Turnstile. The track is packed with groove-driven guitars and infectious gang vocals that bounce off lyrics about community, family, and pride.
“Blood” heads into a more melodic direction, taking nods from ‘90s post-hardcore acts Quicksand and Handsome.
Vocalist Dan Fletcher soars asking “Who will save your soul when you’re part of the whole?,” attacking the role that those driven by greed play in taking advantage of minority and working class communities. Last week, the band played a benefit show for families who’ve been displaced in the Rose Park area of SLC, who are combating the realities of gentrification every day. Run Into The Sun also share a video for “Blood” featuring performance footage from that show captured by Sunny Singh of hate5six and edited by the band.
Speaking more in depth on the messaging behind the release, vocalist Fletcher states: “Right now in Salt Lake, there’s aggressive gentrification taking place in many communities, especially the Rose Park neighborhood west of Downtown Salt Lake. Landlords and developers are buying up homes and forcing residents out to build new condominiums. Longstanding businesses are disappearing. Prices are skyrocketing. These groups have zero respect for the people and cultures of the neighborhood. Their actions, and our city leaders’ lack of action, are leaving these families with no support and nowhere to go. This is happening everywhere right now. Cry / Blood shines a light on what’s happening locally and globally. And asks those responsible for this type of behavior, how they can live with what they’re doing.”
Cry / Blood is available on Bandcamp now and streaming everywhere.
Run Into The Sun is Dan Fletcher – Vocals, Matt Mascarenas – Guitar, Chase Griffis – Bass, and Drew Davenport – Drums.