Run Westy Run

Twin City music scene veterans Run Westy Run are releasing a new album, Beyond Reason, on March 3, 2023. The album is being released on the band’s new Cardinal Drive imprint and will be initially available on CD and major digital platforms, with a vinyl release date TBD. A preview single, “Milkyway’s Mainframe,” received its worldwide premiere recently on The Local Show, broadcast on The Current, and will be released to the digital platforms on February 24. An album release show is scheduled for March 3, 2023 at The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN with The Mood Swings as support.

Beyond Reason is the first full-length Run Westy Run studio release since 1990’s Green Cat Island - a gap of 32 years. Material for the new album was culled from dozens of new songs written over the last decade since the band triumphantly emerged from a 15 year hiatus with a show at First Avenue in December 2013. Since then, Run Westy Run has been performing regularly at various venues in Minnesota while also constantly working on new material.

Beyond Reason was recorded with the current Run Westy Run lineup: Kirk Johnson (vocals), Kraig Johnson (guitar), Terry Fisher (guitar), Paul McFarland (bass) and Peter Anderson (drums). Longtime friend and past collaborator Jessy Greene contributes violin on two tracks. The album was recorded at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, produced by Run Westy Run, recorded and mixed by Peter Anderson, with additional engineering by Kris Johnson.

The new album features 14 tracks, with many of them being mainstays of recent Run Westy Run live setlists. Stylistically, Beyond Reason covers a lot of ground, incorporating a wide variety of sounds and influences that have informed the band’s growth over the last 4 decades since their formation in the midst of the explosive 1980s Twin Cities music scene. Trademark crunchy rock riffs and hooks galore sit comfortably alongside funky grooves, some reminiscent of the explorations undertaken by Iffy, a band with overlapping membership that has co-existed with Run Westy Run on and off since the late 1990s. The lyrics provide a vivid peek inside of Kirk Johnson’s multi-faceted creativity - a major asset of the band since their earliest days. The organically robust production is sonically adventurous but still incorporates the visceral thrill of a live Westies show.

Run Westy Run was formed in Minneapolis in 1985. There have been a variety of personnel changes over the years, but the core of Kirk Johnson, Kraig Johnson, and Terry Fisher has remained intact. The band released 3 albums in 3 years on Twin/Tone and SST from 1998-1990. During the 1990s the band flirted with signing a major label deal and released a handful of singles and EPs, while continuing to build their reputation as one of the best local live bands of the era. Since the band’s reboot 10 years ago they’ve released an archival live CD in 2014 and a digital EP in 2018.

With an ample amount of even more new material already stockpiled, combined with a recent surge of creative momentum, it’s a safe bet that the world won’t have to wait 32 years for the next Run Westy Run album.

A more detailed history of the Run Westy Run universe can be found here: bit.ly/RWRhistory

[PD Larson]

Past Shows


Mar
1
st
2024
Turf Club
Mar
1
st
2024
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

★ Local Show ★
with Black Eyed Snakes
Sep
2
nd
2023
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Sep
2
nd
2023
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

First Avenue Goes to the Fair

featuring BarlowJaedyn JamesMonique SmazRun Westy RunSYM1 • hosted by Justen Jones
with Al Church and The Congregation
Mar
3
rd
2023
Turf Club
Mar
3
rd
2023
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

'Beyond Reason' Album Release
with The Mood Swings
Dec
25
th
2022
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2022
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with Annie and the Bang Bang
Jul
6
th
2022
7th St Entry
Jul
6
th
2022
7th St Entry
Mar
26
th
2022
Palace Theatre
Mar
26
th
2022
Palace Theatre

The Suburbs

with Run Westy Run and DJ Shane Kramer (of Transmission)
Dec
25
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2021
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with Cindy Lawson
Jul
30
th
2021
Turf Club
Jul
30
th
2021
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with Lunch Duchess
Dec
25
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2019
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with Loki's Folly
Dec
26
th
2018
Turf Club
Dec
26
th
2018
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with CHOMONOS
Dec
25
th
2018
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2018
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with Sapphire and CHOMONOS
Dec
25
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2017
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with The Shiny Lights
Mar
8
th
2017
Turf Club
Mar
8
th
2017
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with YE YE POW
Jul
2
nd
2016
Turf Club
Jul
2
nd
2016
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with StoLyette
Dec
25
th
2015
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
15
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
15
th
2015
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with BLACKBIRD BRIDGE and Baby Grant Johnson
Dec
26
th
2014
Mainroom
Dec
26
th
2014
Mainroom

Run Westy Run

with BNLX and LIKEHELL
Aug
25
th
2014
Triple Rock Social Club
Aug
25
th
2014
Triple Rock Social Club

Run Westy Run

with Junkboat
Jun
27
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jun
27
th
2014
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with BNLX
Dec
28
th
2013
Turf Club
Dec
28
th
2013
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with SAN DIMAS and The Tisdales

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Jul
13
th
Fine Line

BTS Club Night ⏤ 11th Anniversary Kpop Party!

Sep
7
th
Turf Club

Goatwhore

with Vitriol and Necrofier
Jul
29
th
7th St Entry

Greg Freeman

Oct
10
th
Turf Club

Acid Mothers Temple

with Spirit Mother