The Stogies and Long Distance Runners are “Runnin’ on Fumes”

By: Meghan O’Neil

The Stogies and Long Distance Runners shared the bill with fellow Maritime rockers Wintersleep last year, then decided to take their show on the road.

“The boys were thinking we’d be a good match up,”  said vocalist Chris Picco from Long Distance Runners. ”We’re both relatively new bands and new records, so it’s a good match up to do the Maritimes together.”

The two bands are currently on their “Runnin’ on Fumes Tour” and play Fredericton’s Lava Vodka Bar Thurs, June 14 with local support, Brothers.

Newfoundland’s Long Distance Runners released their latest offering Tracks last April, which earned them an ECMA nomination this year for Rock Recording of the Year. They expect to be back in the studio recording their next album later in the summer.

Halifax-based, The Stogies, have recorded a follow-up to their 2009 EP No Couth, No Class, No Nothin,’ which is yet to be released.

The Stogies frontman, Blake Johnston, just had a baby and is taking some time off after their tour, so the album release is being pushed back.

“It’s all done, its just the mixing but we’re delaying the release until next year so Blake’s going to get some time off to spend time with his son,” said Dave Driscoll, guitarist for The Stogies.

It seems these two acts have more in common than just their rock sensibilities. The Long Distance Runners also went through a change due, in part, to fatherhood.

“Our drummer had a little baby boy last summer and was too busy with the band touring. It was all amicable and it was a good change,” said Picco. “It’s hard to keep a rock and roll band going with everyone together.”

The Long Distance Runners also welcomed a new keyboard player, Ryan Kennedy, to the roster and new drummer, Josh Bourden.

Both bands are also relatively new. Long Distance Runners came together in 2009, with their first self-titled EP released one year later.

Even the band’s beginnings have similarities. The Long Distance Runners grew out of a friendship between Picco and bassist Matt Hender, and The Stogies’ started as a duo as well.

“The singer [Blake Johnston] and the bass player [Sean Carver] are cousins and they played together for a while. They found me through a Kijiji ad,” said Driscoll.

The trio then went through 10 to 15 drummers before finding Dave Lidstone.

While The Stogies’ new material isn’t officially released, the group is playing mostly new tunes on this tour that fans can expect on their upcoming album.


Watch a live performance of a new track to appear on The Stogies upcoming album HERE.
For everything Long Distance Runners, click HERE.

Doors open at 10pm for the “Runnin’ on Fumes” tour w/ Brothers at the Lava Vodka Lounge in Fredericton.
There will be a cover charge of $7 at the door.

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