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Balkan Bravado and Surreal Poetry

Nat Allister
A review of "Something Russian" by Running & Punching
Written February 17th, 2017, 6:19 am by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

SongLadder Editor
An impressive orkestar of Balkan brass instrumentation brings listeners into the strange surrealism of Seattle's Running and Punching, reminding me of Beirut's debut album "The Gulag Orkestar"--or even more accurately, the lesser-known Albuquerque duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, who played on Beirut's first album. It's wonderful to hear a resurgence of Balkan/Slavic music in indie rock, and Running and Punching does it with no small expertise, even occasionally switching from eights to sevens (rhythmically speaking) and maintaining a wonderful dialogue between drum and trumpet with occasional contributions from others, such as electric guitar. The singer sings not in Zak Condon's powerhouse tenor vibrato, but instead, in a soft echoing voice that pulls you in and makes you eager to absorb "Something Russian's" strange poetry.

"Something Russian" would be an excellent theme song for

A Russian Wedding

"Something Russian" is reminiscent of well-known artists such as

Beirut, A Hawk and a Hacksaw

When listening to "Something Russian" I am transported to


Let's Be Fake Friends

Music Climbing Naturally
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