It’s a damn shame so many unique acts get overlooked simply because the market is flooded with bands who simply caught a break. What’s worse is when the latter aren’t terrible bands, (so you can’t loathe them with a passion) but when they’re simply okay. Middle Distance Runner is one of those bands. There’s absolutely nothing offensive about the band’s sophomore LP, The Sun & Earth, but there isn’t really much that sticks out either. Full of hooks that are way too obvious yet catchy nonetheless, The Sun & the Earth is a bland mix of made-for-TV glam-rock fusion. Sure, bands like Middle Distance Runner are great to hear in the background once awhile, but the generic bounce that keeps this record afloat will run out of air soon enough.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.
// Sound Affects
"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.READ the article