Runner Runner

Runner Runner

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Southern California-based emo-punk-pop/rockers Runner Runner specialize in the kind of expertly crafted, instantly disposable modern rock that accompanies fleshy spring-break montages and sappy American Idol exits. Conceived as an emo-pop side project for members of SoCal punk outfit Over It, Runner Runner know exactly what they want, and make no effort to hide their commercial yearnings. Big, rousing group vocals in the style of Andrew W.K. and Anberlin, huge guitar hooks, dancefloor-ready electro beats, and enough Auto-Tune to render Kanye West's use of the much maligned pitch correct software subtle, the 12 tracks that make up the band's eponymous major-label debut sound like an immaculate mash-up of Fall Out Boy and post-Hysteria Def Leppard, but are so blazingly unoriginal (perhaps calling the leadoff track “So Obvious” was meant to be ironic) that it’s difficult to speak of them separately. Lyrically, the group fares even worse, offering up groundbreaking proclamations like “She’s an angel in disguise/You can see it in her eyes” and “The look in your eyes says we can go all the way.” If skateparks and tattoo parlors had baby-blue waiting rooms akin to doctors and dentists, Runner Runner would be their Air Supply.

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