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Driven by a passion to create and a love for music, twin brothers Owen (vocals/guitar) and Kent (lead guitar) Stavenuiter spent many of their school years experimenting with genres, sounds and instruments alongside classmate and close friend Dan Glover (bass). However, it was not until late 2016, with the arrival of Callum Ford (drums), that the group found their own distinguished sound and Runaway Hounds was born.
The UK four-piece bring driving indie rock, inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peace, and Arctic Monkeys, with the aim of providing energy and excitement to their audiences. Welcomed by both members and audiences of Wolverhampton's ever growing music scene, Runaway Hounds firmly established themselves as a band to watch after throwing themselves in the deep end - playing their debut gig at the Slade Rooms to a crowd of four hundred.
In their year following this, the band have played several headline sets in venues across the West Midlands as well as taking their sound across the UK, performing to crowds as far as London.
It was in October last year when the band truly began to gain momentum with the release of their debut single 'Rattlesnake', gaining airplay and support from the likes of BBC Introducing and more. Following months of care and refinement, the result of the track is a high-energy indie anthem comprised of an infectious riff, powerful vocals and dance-worthy rhythms.
'We really like to tell stories when writing our songs and this stands true with Rattlesnake' explains Owen, who wrote the lyrics for the track.
'It carries the perspective of someone facing the end of a relationship. Rather than throwing their anger on their partner, they make up this monstrous being to project it all onto. This person is terrified of it, but would rather think this way than hurt the one they love. That's why there's so much energy and passion behind the instrumentals and melody I think'
After the success of 'Rattlesnake' , amassing over 6,000 listens on Spotify alone, the band recently released their second single 'Sophie' in late February, demonstrating a marked step in their energy and sound. ‘Sophie’, written predominantly by lead guitarist Kent, explores toxic love from a heartbreaker, and warns those who fall under her spell. The track has already been well received by listeners and bloggers around the world, and has also gained airplay from the stations including the BBC.
The band's third single 'Nightlight' , released in November this year, delves into the mind of an insomniac, and again demonstrates the band's energetic and anthemic sound.
With reviews of enthused praise pouring in, airplay from BBC Introducing and even recently being played to a stadium of over 20,000 by their local football team; all of which have taken place less than six months after their first release, Runaway Hounds have proved themselves to be a band to watch.
"Really great Indie" - BBC WM Introducing
"One of the best upcoming bands in the UK " - Halfway2Nowhere
"An emerging UK band that are going to blow you away" - Femme Riot
"Another fantastic young British band" - Hey Nineteen
"Runaway Hounds might just be a band to keep an eye on" - IKNOWTHESOUND