The Rungs – Trees – Single Review

The Rungs, a US synthdance trio, recently revealed their most recent track – Trees.

The Rungs - Trees

The Rungs

When first introduced back in 2014 The Rungs were a duo – now as a trio unexpectedly their music is even more slight in layers and flight of foot as the introduction of additional guitar has enabled them to create an even greater elasticity to the music that takes the listener to a game of pinball and minded of watching a shiny steel ball pinging around the board to an array of flashing lights.

Sometimes the world needs music which doesn’t take itself too seriously – rather invites the audience to join on the dance-floor and merely keep in time with the roller-blades.

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New Year Ninety 2015 – 70 to 61

Every day as I fire up the computer to review music submissions – I am  reminded of the founding co-partner of – the Indie Bands Blog started back in 2009 – who will for ever be – 39. Love and thanks as always to Julie Norbury.

Julie Norbury

Julie Norbury

The New Year Ninety Chart 2015 – seventy to sixty-one.

70. Buzz Kull (Australia)

Dreams – Single – Buzz Kull is available on iTunes.*

69. Affairs (England)

68. Morning Fuzz (USA)

Chasing Ghosts – Morning Fuzz is available on iTunes.*

67. Bayonet (England)

My View – EP – Bayonet is available on iTunes.*

66. The Yetis (USA)

65. The Rungs (USA)

64. Pipsqueak (USA)

63. Nice Power (France)

62. Clay Dudash (USA)

Keep You Company – EP – Clay Dudash is available on iTunes.*

61. The Vex (England)

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The Rungs

The Rungs is Mandy Gurung (Guitar / Vocals) and Diwas Gurung (Guitar / Synth) a synth-dance duo from Ithica in the USA.

The Rungs - synth dance from the USA

The Rungs

It is difficult not to be immediately drawn to references of the synth bands of the early ’80s, yet The Rungs sound as fresh as a daisy. Even on live performance the duo manage to deploy two guitars, the synth and vocals. It is the melodic interplay between the two six string guitars that enables the duo to deliver so much within a simple format.

The warmth of the synth floats through tracks around which instruments and vocals curl, raising a smile and a sense of well-being. In addition to the ’80s there is also a discernible reference to Newar from Nepal, which adds a sense of a folk theme running through the tracks. A newly released three track eponymous EP just doesn’t go on long enough as once you hit play you just want the mood to extend for more than the twelve minutes of the release.

I look forward to hearing more of The Rungs in short order. For those who are more local, they can be found regularly playing live.


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