Run Chico Run
Run Chico Run play an exhilarating style of music that cannot be succinctly described using words. If we were face to face, dear reader, I might be able to get the point across to you using a combination of hand gestures, fresh dance moves and tender caresses.
The Chicos formally began their career in January of 1997, as a more conventional foursome, and have since been paired down to a precocious duo. Matt Skillings and Thomas Shields have never given up, or given in, to the assailing truths of creating music.
In May of 1997, Run Chico Run released their first album, Lofimofo, but shortly after the record’s release, the Chicos became a trio and they released an EP titled Asecretaryspeaks in October of that same year. In the spring of 1998, they spent a month recording their second album Melee which was released independently later that fall.
That summer, the boys embarked on their first Canadian tour, a preposterous three-month affair that gave their souls a sound crushing, yet still managed to pay their rent. However, it was on the eve of a successive seven-week tour when the band’s third member backed out last minute leaving the remaining members with two options – go out on their own or cancel all the dates. With a shrug, they decided to go out as a two-piece. The compromise? While driving between performances, one would practice playing keyboards and drums simultaneously while the other drove.
Before they knew it, it was as if the two became one – virtually interchangeable on stage, one spending half the set on drums and bass synth and the other half singing, playing guitar and tickling a stack of keyboards simultaneously. With this, Shields and Skillings unwittingly began the final phase of Run Chico Run’s evolution in membership.
A New Peak In Lowdowness, released in 2001, served as Run Chico Run’s formal introduction as a dynamic duo of songsmithery and instrumentation. Needless to say, this album caught a lot of peoples attention, especially Vancouver, BC’s Boompa Records.
Shashbo, Run Chico Run’s 2004 debut with Boompa Records, was critically acclaimed across North America, earning everything from simple and direct testaments to their talents (“Perfect stuff.” -Exclaim) to muttered wonder of their multi-tasking capabilities (“insanely talented” -Splendid).
Slow Action, the Chico’s fifth full-length release, was carefully crafted with unusual rhythms and innovative melodies. Delivered with a reckless abandon that is exhilarating to hear, the two-piece, multi-instrumental, mind-blowing machine doesn’t disappoint. A totally original blend of lo-fi folk, psychedelic pop, fuzzy swamp rock, and deliriously vibrant instrumentation – all that’s left to ponder is how they’ve remained under the radar for as long as they have.