Q&A Scene: Michael Roberts & Casey Martin – Run Rabbit Run

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We Don’t Know is the first single of our debut EP Bloodline. It’s kind of an interesting one for us because it’s a little outside what I think people usually expect from us, since all our songs are usually built off the acoustic guitar, it was a bit of a step outside the box to experiment with a more effect soaked electric guitar sound, and having the song driven a bit more by drums and bass.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Casey: I’m really happy about how our track ‘Old Soul’ from the new EP came out in recording; it took me three years to finish the lyrics for it and another year to arrange the horn and string parts. That song has brought about a lot of stressful times for me so it was really nice to get it down and see all the hard work I put in turn into something I’m pretty proud of.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Michael: I’d say, a fresh butterscotch snap, recently been dipped in a hot cup of tea.

Casey: A soy chai latte. It might not be for everyone, but that’s probably because they haven’t given it a solid go.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Michael: We had planned to film the video for We Don’t Know, and had everything all locked in. It was right between Christmas and New Year’s. It was on this stupidly hot day but it was the only day we had to do it because our drummer was going away a few days later. Halfway through setting up it just started bucketing down real hard. Most of the roads were blocked off and our cameraman only just made it there. Cars were floating down the streets. The roof started leaking right beside our film spot and we had bins everywhere full of water. We nearly had to cancel the whole thing. Also the Police showed up for some reason, and then tradies showed up to work on the flooring. Thankfully we got through it all and filming went off without a hitch, but there were a few close moments where we nearly had to throw in the towel.

What, or who, inspires you?

Michael: I really like the idea of doing something not for the end result but for the path taken to get there. Doing something because you truly love it. That’s a quality I really admire in artists and an approach that I want to follow.

Casey: Right now, musically I’m pretty inspired by a few Australian artists like Julia Jacklin, and Freya Josephine Hollick. I’ve been listening a lot to Ben Howard’s album ‘I Forget Where We Were’ which has brought about a kind of darker side to my songwriting. I’m also right into the new Bon Iver album and love how gritty the whole thing is, it definitely has got me thinking about songwriting differently. Non-musically I’m very passionate about animal rights, and inspired by a lot of activists within that culture that aren’t afraid to get out and challenge the social norm. I think that’s a great thing in any sense.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Casey: ‘The Shrine/An Argument’ by Fleet Foxes, or pretty much any FF song ever.

Michael: Happy birthday, coz everybody knows the words.

What’s next for you?

We’re really excited to release the single and go on tour for the first time. Later in the year we release our debut EP, we’ve put so much of ourselves into this record and we’re super keen for everyone to hear it. After that, another video clip hopefully and heaps more shows.

What’s your scene?

Casey: I’m pretty into skating, but bloody terrible at it. I’m also a pretty big name in the tea scene. Earl grey man!

Michael: I love Movies and TV, I’m often found binge watching the latest series to come out on Netflix.

It’s been a long time between drinks for RUN RABBIT RUN​ but great things take time. Since their stellar 2014 single, ​ Down The Line and toe tapping 2015 release Wasted In The Sun, RUN RABBIT RUN​ have been slowly marinating a batch of flavorsome new songs for their forthcoming highly anticipated debut EP BLOODLINE​ and it is well worth the wait.

WE DON’T KNOW​ is the first taste from their EP and it is dense, dark, and raw. The thumping drums and unsettling organ drones dredge up an eerie tension that eventually erupts into a chaotic, gnarled mash of distortion and noise. A sonic departure from the band’s folky roots, the tune retains their strong bluegrass/country influences with driving banjo and rich  vocal harmonies while taking further steps beyond the genre, few are brave enough to take.

FEBRUARY 11​th​ -​ The Toff in Town MELBOURNE
Supported by: Mcrobin & Noah Earp

Supports: Dan Hannaford & Cooper Lower Music

– ​Dolly’s Sister Vegan Café & Bar GEELONG (Acoustic)

MARCH 4​th​
-​ The Vic on the Park SYDNEY
Support: Stockley

MARCH 4​th​
– ​Glebe Markets SYDNEY (Acoustic)

WE DON’T KNOW​ is available on Itunes & Spotify





The music of Melbourne based Run Rabbit Run is a reflective journey through the minds of dual-front men Casey Martin & Michael Roberts. Best described as Progressive Folk Rock, the bands sound teeters and sways between sombre, unassuming folk, raucous fast-paced country, and often leans into the realm of atmospheric and climactic prog-rock. [pullquote]“Their music reminded me of the oncoming winter ahead and I felt like we were transported to a dusty old pub somewhere in the United Kingdom” – Nikita Vout, Raindrops & Rooftops[/pullquote] Citing artists such as Noah & The Whale, Hey Rosetta, and Fleet Foxes as influences, Run Rabbit Run were born in late 2011 out of a passion for the subtlety and honesty that folk music breathes. Deriving their name from lyrics in the opening track of Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon, the band quickly set themselves apart with highly energetic, infectious live performances and an onslaught of alluring instrumentation. Run Rabbit Run are now preparing for the release of their debut EP, Bloodline. The first single, We Don’t Know, distinguishes itself as a darker departure from the band’s previous stand-alone single releases. Exploring the crushing feeling of losing familiarity with one’s emotions; We Don’t Know is dense and raw. The EP title, Bloodline, references lyrics from the closing track, Lights; I’m tied to my bloodline, it pulls and oh it confines.” The lyrics reflect upon our connection to our past, of familial ties, and the apparent inability to ever gain true independence from our makers.

Run Rabbit Run are:

Casey Martin – Lead vocals, guitars, banjo, lapsteel

Michael Roberts – Lead vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin

Felicity Walter – Keys, backing vocals

Marcus Jennings – Bass, backing vocals

Michael Palmer – Drums, backing vocal


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