Single Review: The Run Up – Good Friends, Bad Luck EP

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Good Friends, Bad Luck - Real Ghost Records / Uncle M Records

Good Friends, Bad Luck is not only the title of The Run Up‘s newest five track offering, but also a perfect summary of life in a DIY punk rock band. The new EP from the Bristol based melodic punks is inspired by making the best out of terrible situations, friendships and being true to yourself. The Run Up’s new EP is set for a September 28th release through Real Ghost Records in the UK and Uncle M Records in Germany, Good Friends, Bad Luck will also be available as a special edition etched vinyl as well as a digital download.

Good Friends, Bad Luck follows on from their debut self-titled album that was released at the tail end of last year, it’s a release that, at least to my ears, indicates that The Run Up appear to have polished and refined their sound. The EP launches with the title track, a solid slab of melodic punk rock with some  glorious old school guitar riffs that’s married to the enthusiasm and melodies of the noisier end of pop punk. Each track is a welcome shot of adrenaline that builds towards big anthemic choruses, it’s impossible to pick a favourite track from the five on offer as if you love one track on Good Friends, Bad Luck then there’s a guarantee that you’ll love every second of this life affirming EP of positive punk rock.

With their latest release The Run Up have have delivered an EP that recalls the kind of hard edged anthemic punk rock that The Bouncing Souls have done so well for so long, with Good Friends, Bad Luck the band have released an EP that will be guaranteed to pick you up when you’re down, and provide a feel good hit if you’re not, and I cannot wait to hear these songs on their upcoming UK tour with The Moms, as I suspect they’ll sound even better live.

Good Friends, Bad Luck can be pre-ordered via the Uncle M Records here and via Real Ghost Records here

The Run Up‘s Bandcamp is here and their Facebook page is here