On the Move

South African band Static Run will perform in the city during its first international tour

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | New Delhi | Published: June 22, 2013 5:48:50 am

There were three young musicians — from India,South Korea and the US. Their lives and backgrounds were as different as the places they had come from,and yet when they first met in Cape Town,South Africa,they hit it off at once. “We all happened to be chasing our dreams and ended up in Cape Town,and then just found each other. I met Arun Danam,the drummer,the day I moved there. He already knew lead guitarist Wade Morris and they played together in a band. Within no time,we were all jamming together and formed the band,Static Run,” says frontman David Song from South Korea.

The three have been together for almost three years now and are currently on their first international tour this month,which includes a six-city visit to India. Song says,“As we got to know and understand Arun better,we began to study Indian history and discovered that it is actually the second largest market for rock ‘n’ roll. We thought ‘Wow,what a great place to start touring’.” The band has already visited Jaipur,Lonavala and Bangalore,and will also visit Delhi on June26 and 27,when they will perform at Hauz Khas Village.

Generally performing originals,the band occasionally also performs covers of its musical influences such as Black Keys,U2,Coldplay and Dream Theatre. “We write songs together and are proud of our creative process because it gives room to everybody,” says Song. The band’s name and its songs make a statement about their personal beliefs,he says. “Static and run are two contrasting words. A lot of people keep running,thinking they’re heading in some direction but they’re not going anywhere. It’s like running on a treadmill. A lot of our songs,ideas and values are directed towards helping people realise this,” he says.

Song explains the concept further,talking about one of the band’s originals — Reach for the sky. “People have the idea that they are entitled to something or someone owes them something. A lot of times,this becomes their personal jail. So the song goes: It’s ridiculous to look at me,Someone you do not know,And to think that you are owed. Part of the message is to reach for something new,” he says. Reach for the sky is among some of the band’s originals that will be featured in its soon-to-be recorded album. “We’re in no rush; our main focus is on touring anyway,” says Song. They have already planned a tour to Europe later this year,and one to the US next year.

Static Run will perform at Raasta and Fork You in Hauz Khas Village on

June 26 and 27 respectively.

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