Long Distance Runners - Tracks (Independent)
Nostalgic rock is big these days (read: Zeus, The Sheepdogs). Upon first glance, St. John’s four-piece Long Distance Runners may come across as being just another band reveling in the rock of yesteryear. The group made its name in 2010 with its debut EP, which grabbed nods at the East Coast Music Awards the following year. Bathed in Kinks influences heard in the jangly beats and subtle twang throughout, especially on Sally Ann, LDR’s strongest attribute is its sunny harmonies, though the goofy jazz detour, Treading Water, seems out of place with the rest of the album’s classic rock vibe. An overdose of nostalgia, perhaps, but nevertheless Tracks is just catchy enough to break the foursome out of the Maritimes.