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Originally working as Monsters Calling Home, this six-member indie folk-pop group initially attracted attention with their unique video for “Fight to Keep,” taken in the backseats of their small Honda cars. This led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, fortifying their fan base to standing room only at local gigs. A recording contract and name change led to this debut album, produced by Phil Ek, known for his work with The Shins and Fleet Foxes. The song “Monsters Calling Home” clings toward modern pop while retaining the group's acoustic roots, which are far more present on the existential “Beetle.” The sextet leave room for adventurous arrangements, and by the album’s end, it’s apparent that singers Alex Hwang and Sally Kang could have been singer/songwriters on their own had fate not made their group an immediate hit. The unison-harmony vocals of “Lying Beast” have a pop-like sense of fun, whereas “Run River North” comes closest to a straight mainstream folk-rock tune. Violinists Jennifer Rim and Daniel Chae add an exotic counterpoint to the band’s standard guitar-keys sound.

Customer Reviews

Every Bit Worth the Wait

I have been following this band for a few years now and since moving out to California I have gotten to know a few of them. They are the most sincere people I have met. It is such an honor to watch people with such passion play live music, if you have not seen them play live you are truly missing out, whether you accidentally see them open for your favorite band or you choose to go see them, they will win you over with their set. This album does an amazing job capturing their live sound and energy. The strings and the harmonies pulse and the dynamics are fantastic. If for one second I was worried this wouldn’t be everything I hoped it to be and more I was blown away after first listen. Give this band a chance if you haven’t yet, you’ll find them in your most played section in weeks.

Beautiful and creative

Listen to this band now. I've attended several of their shows and, as some of the other reviewers have said, the band members are some of the most sincere and down to earth people I know. The harmonies, unique combination of instruments (including a well-played and well-utilized violinist), and pictures they portray in their music make this band and album my hands down favorite of all time. Give them a listen and don't hesitate to make the drive out to a show near you!

Why the are so amazing

This is the only review I have ever written and this band definitely deserves it. I first discovered this band as monsters calling home on Pandora with the song "growing up", I loved it so much I instantly bought their original album that is no longer available and it's an amazing price of work that is beautifully emotional and authentic. I have probably never been more excited for an album than this one, and I can't wait to see how far this wonderful band goes.


Formed: 2011 in San Fernando Valley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Based in California's San Fernando Valley, Run River North is a six-member indie pop ensemble that originally formed in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home. Boasting a lush, folk-influenced sound built around singers Alex Hwang (vocals/guitar) and Sally Kang (vocals/keys), the band also features guitarist/violinist Daniel Chae, bassist Joseph Chun, drummer John Chong, and violinist Jennifer Rim. After filming a unique video for their song "Fight to Keep" in the back seats of their small Honda...
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