From Where They Run are a true band of brothers. Literally. The members comprised of three brothers, Patrick, Tyler and Nolan Wheeler along with Daniel Matthews and AJ Molyneaux played to a packed house Thursday, November 18th at Momo’s on 6th street. Since the band has played at the venue numerous times, they seemed professionally at ease. Although the band and their equipment invaded the space on stage, they still found room to move around the cramped area and transfer their energy onto the excited audience. It is fair to say that the bands name will be on every one’s lips and their IPod’s in the next few months. With the spontaneity of the musical composition and the diligent exchange of a wide array of instruments on stage, they constantly held the attention of the crowd.
The first song of the night was “Focus,” a slower song with the subtle slide guitar flowing over the crowd as if it were the clam before the storm. However, the following song “Mississippi,” upped the anti. One of their oldest songs known by the majority of the crowd had the audience dancing and singing along with the lead singer, Nolan Wheeler. If the talent of Mr. Molyneaux on the slide guitar was missed during the first song, he surely impressed the crowd during the second number. Throughout the first two songs, the audience was growing in numbers and many stopped their conversations in order to move closer to the stage. It is safe to say that the band are true entertainers, however, they further excited the crowd by playing the song “Sleep When I’m Dead,” which has grown in popularity due to a music video passed around the internet by fans. During the song, Danny Matthews and A.J. Molyneaux traded guitar solos nonchalantly adding energy to the stage presence as well as the song.
Although some might consider the band an indie folk group, it was hard to classify them throughout the night. Songs such as “Call me In The Morning” had an Indie feel to it, while “Ghost in the Valley” was more of a waltz and had the crowd dancing and impersonating their best waltz. The opening riffs of the banjo heavy song added an eerie feel to the tune. The surprising addition of the night was the invitation of the Smoke Stack horn section on stage, whom frequently play with the musician Drew Smith. The group played the remainder of the set with the band including the song “Home for the Holidays,” and a new song, “Workin’ on it.” It was a great song to finish the set due to its upbeat piano intro that will surely be a new hit.
If you have yet to see the band around town, you will have plenty of opportunities throughout the year. A debut CD will also be expected by the beginning of 2011, along with numerous shows in support of the album. You can also find a few songs on the website www.myspace.com/fromwheretheyrun