Run Romeo Run wins SLAM contest grand prize
A high-energy performance allowed pop-punk quintet Run Romeo Run to beat out five other local music acts and take home the grand prize in the inaugural SLAM on AIR songwriting contest, Sept. 22 at Bert Church Theatre.
After performing three original songs, including their contest submission, “Jezebel”, to a crowd of more than 100, the band was awarded a $500 cash prize, a full-day recording session at Calgary’s Public Lunch Studios, airtime for their winning song, publicity in local media and a headlining slot for the 2013 AirdrieFest.
The band’s drummer, Adam Goring said the prize will allow the band to continue to do what they love.
“Winning this is really encouraging for us,” said Goring. “The recognition is awesome, but also just the prize itself is so amazing. Being in a band costs so much money in order to record and buy gear. This prize helps us majorly.”
Goring said the band - comprised of himself, Airdrie’s Chad McMonagle on lead guitar and Chris Doi on rythym guitar, vocalist Eli Budwill and Calgarian bassist Aaron Vaiasicca – plans to use the $500 cash to have CDs and shirts made to sell at shows.
Currently the band’s music is only available on iTunes and Goring said having CDs to sell will help generate more income the band needs in order to record their first full-length album. The band currently has a three-song EP, as well as two other singles, and is working on producing 10 to 12 songs for the album.
“We’re about halfway there,” said Goring. “It’s coming up on winter, so it’s time for us to start hunkering down and writing more, as opposed to playing shows. That’s our plan for the next little while and we’re really going to focus on it.”
The band has been playing together for roughly a year, after coming together through postings on Kijiji. Since then, the band has been writing songs and performing an average of two to five shows a month, including gigs in Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Olds, Saskatoon and Toronto.
In March, the band participated in Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, a four-day music exhibition, along with The Trews, Carly Rae Jepsen and indie bands from across the country.
“It was like a holiday for us and we had a blast,” said Goring. “It was fantastic because we got to network with a lot of other bands and rub shoulders with a lot of industry people. We want to go on tour next summer and now we have some contacts at the eastern end of the country.”
He said all of the guys are happy to be following their passion and are grateful for any help or recognition they receive along the way.
“The whole thing is a highlight,” he said. “Even if we just get in the van and go to Edmonton to play a show for gas money, it’s just really exciting because it’s what we love to do. It is great that there is an organization like SLAM that is out there to help bands like ourselves take the next step. Not every place is as supportive as Airdrie of local artists and we’re really grateful for that.”
The songwriting contest, which was open to all members of Supporting Local Area Musicians (SLAM) in Airdrie, also received entries from Terry Thoresen, who was backed by his band Bone Cold Mama, Frank Wiebe and Sharp Hill, Dani-Lynn Tentham, Airdrie firefighter Rob Dawson and Adam Scotten.