Runner Runner could easily be the poster child for multimedia success. Since coming together in March 2008 in Huntington Beach, Calif., vocalist Ryan Ogren, guitarist/vocalist Pete Munters, guitarist/vocalist Nick Bailey, bassist/vocalist Job Berry and drummer James Ulrich have shared stages with Gym Class Heroes, Fall Out Boy, Angels & Airwaves and All Time Low.
The band’s emo, punk and pop influences appealed to MTV producers, who commissioned the group to write music for “The Hills” and “Making the Band 4.” ESPN has also tapped the group for original tracks.
Fans might catch Runner Runner on prime-time TV, but the band has worked hard to become omnipresent on Buzznet, PureVolume and MySpace, with MySpace boasting 15,000 song spins per day.
“Runner Runner is a perfect example of social networks being used to build a sustainable fan base from the ground up,” the band’s manager Avery Andon says.
Runner Runner released an EP earlier this year; another EP with acoustic versions of those songs, “Stripped,” hit iTunes in December and features the previously unreleased song “Into Your Arms.”
The band is working with WHTZ New York DJ Jason Nevins to produce a full-length, due in 2009.