The Runaround - 05.01.13

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The Runaround - 05.01.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

The Runaround


Michael Cookson - Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar MJC
Colton Blaine Mabry - Bass/Vocals CBM
Mackenzie Christensen - Drums MWC
Paul Ayres - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals PRA

1. How did you get your band name?

We got it from A Death In The Park song.

2. How did this band get started?

MWC- They asked me to join the band in June of 2012. I was in a Hardcore band before and always went to The Runaround shows. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be apart of such a family.

MJC- I wasn't playing music for awhile and someone convinced me to so I did. The rest fell into place.

CBM- I joined the band in fall of 2011. I was originally on Keys, then went to guitar, then ended up on bass because I was writing all the bass parts for the new record.

PRA- I played in a band with Mike a few years ago and he came to me in October of 2012 after the previous guitarist had quit and I've been rockin' out ever since!

3. What bands are you influenced by?

MWC- Bands that influence me most are Bayside, Brand New, Saves The Day, and Alkaline Trio.

MJC- Blink 182, Circa Survive, Brand New and everything else influence me the most.

CBM- I'm influenced by Envy On The Coast, Circa Survive, The Used, Warrant, Def Leppard, Notorious B.I.G.

PRA- Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Pretty much a lot of Classic Rock.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

MWC- The Starting Line, Paramore and Saves The Day because all the drummers are wicked sick.

MJC- Brand New, Envy On The Coast, Circa Survive and Balance and Composure because they are all really good live bands. They are also really vibey bands which would be sick.

CBM- I would love to tour with Envy On The Coast, Circa Survive or Balance and Composure. I think it would be a sick blend of music that everyone would greatly enjoy.

PRA- Led Zeppelin because they are sick. Atilia too because partying with them would be awesome.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

MWC- On tour I love to eat gas station burritos, Taco Bell and chips.

MJC- I love to eat TopRamen, Hot Fries, Monster, CheddarWurst and a ton of POPCORN!

CBM- My favorite treats on tour are Cheddarwurst, Burgers, Swiss Cake Rolls, Sandwiches and any good restaurant that we see.

PRA- I love to eat on tour Chef Boyardi, Chips and Granola Bars.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

MJC- People should listen to this band for literally whatever reason whether it makes them feel really good or they relate to something or if they think the music is good. I want people to take their own perspective of the songs. We love feedback and hearing how people had a good time at a show. People coming together at shows is a great thing. And coming to a show you have a chance to meet a lot of different people.

CBM- People should listen because we bring more to the table than just the music. We bring a vibe, a presence, a sense of well being on and off of the stage. We are people who just like to have fun. People can relate to very well.

PRA- People should listen because people can relate easily and we have a good vibe that people can get into.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

MWC- Eric Koston

MJC- Forrest Gump

CBM- Ric Flair

PRA-Dan Marino

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

MWC- I would thank my family for supporting me, friends, our management and whoever else got us this grammy. Everyone else in the band

MJC- I would thank my friends, my family, anyone who supported me, Our manager, Cj Troup.

CBM- I would thank everyone who made it possible. Anyone who has ever supported me.

PRA- My Parents, not PJ. My Friends, Mike for letting me back in the band.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

MWC- I want the stopping of pirating music.

MJC- I’d like to see more focus on artist development in the music industry. I feel there are a lot of talented bands that have a ton of potential that don't go anywhere for reasons that could over time eventually build something great. but instead bands are expected to figure it out themselves. Which is cool or whatever I just wish a lot of bands would get more attention earlier on.

CBM- I think the music industry should support more of the smaller acts that deserve to be heard. Not a lot of musicians get the credit they deserve.

PRA- I would like for Good bands that deserve to be found more recognized.

10. Memorable tour experience?

MWC- I was taking a nap and I woke up to the RV on fire!

MJC- When the window fell out of the RV on the highway, and staying at camp grounds.

CBM- my most memorable moment on tour is when we played a birthday show in Maine last year. They took us to their lake house and they took us out on the lake and had a huge BBQ. It was really nice and made tour like home.

PRA- I haven't been on tour yet but I hope to make some memorable moments.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

MWC- It’s a place to find new releases.

MJC- It's a cool resource to find out stuff about what's going on in the music world.

CBM- It is Gateway to everything music.

PRA- It's a good place to get upcoming news and events about Artists.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

MWC- Escaper is my favorite song to play.

MJC- My favorite song to play live is I Want To Know.

CBM- My favorite song to play would either be One More Thing or I Want To Know.

PRA- Without All The Weight is my favorite song to play.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?


MJC- Hyannis, MA

CBM- Oklahoma

PRA- Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

MWC- No Doubt, The Starting Line and Green Day.

MJC- The Beach Boys, Boston, Blink 182 and old country music.

CBM- A lot of Cartoon Theme Music. The Titanic sound track. Ushers My Way Album. Sugar Ray, Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait.

PRA- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, a lot of Grunge music.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

MWC- Time Travel because it would be sick to go around see everything.

MJC- To stop time and turn invisible because why not?

CBM- To never age and have infinite money.

PRA- Teleportation because traveling sucks.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

MWC- I do hand warm-ups to get loose and warm-up with the click.

MJC- No practice on a day of a show.

CBM- I tend to not talk so much and do anything to make me feel relax and comfortable at the show. I like to keep myself in a positive state.

PRA- Unwind and get loose with a beer or two, etc.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

MWC- I absolutely love playing to a click track.

MJC-I'm allergic to Gluten.

CBM- I'm left handed but play right.

PRA- I don't get stage fright.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

MWC- I definitely think we could be on the radio. I like how the radio is and I think we could be on there.

MJC- I think the radio is pretty boring. I think the songs are built for a short shelf life. Pretty much it's someone just trying to make a quick buck.

CBM- I think certain aspects of the radio we could flourish in. But a lot of the radio is corrupted with over-produced fake singles.

PRA- The radio is nowadays very Pop and R&B/Hip-Hop oriented and I think our band has a poppy sound that would follow well after someone bigger came on such as Katy Perry or Kanye West.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

MWC- I LOVE SKATEBOARDING! I also and enjoy playing basketball.

MJC- I like to go to the casino

CBM- I like to play video games and do recreational activities. Play piano and i try to do something outside as much as possible.

PRA- I enjoy playing with my dog Lillly and playing video games. I play League of Legends a lot.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

MWC- I like to do a lot of graphic design stuff like taken pics or makin stuff on the computer.

MJC- I go without skateboarding for a long time then pick up a board and pretty much still do anything.

CBM- I can put both feet behind my head.

PRA- I can cook pretty darn good.
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