Corvallis Band, Run The Risk, Crushes Blue Room Show

Corvallis Band, Run The Risk, Crushes Blue Room Show

"We always try to give 100% at every show. " - Aidan
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Run The Risk is a Corvallis based band consisting of Aidan, Joey, Levi, and Henry. The band started in 2015 with Aidan and Henry and has slowly evolved from there to the four-piece ensemble they have now.

Their previous band name was Pacific Roots but they decided to change it to Run The Risk right before an important performance. Their name is in direct reference to the deteriorating rock scene and taking a chance with their music. "We went from John Mayer to shitty metal *chuckles* but then we found our actual sound and got more serious about our music."-Aidan

They're currently recording an EP ("an actual quality recording!!") this coming year. They've been trying to play shows outside of Corvallis (especially since Corvallis doesn't have a large house show scene), so they've been playing shows in Portland, Albany, and Eugene.

"We are ready for it to happen and we are always expanding our horizons."-Aidan

Some of their biggest musical influences are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Muse, Cage the Elephant, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. They confessed their love for 60's and 90's rock in relation to their music.

"We just want to give the music scene our best shot. I think we've done a pretty good job so far!"-Aidan

"Our live shows are my favorite. We always try to be as energetic as possible and we strive to be a fun band. We want people to come to our shows to dance so we make music that's easy to dance to. We love to perform and we're not a fan of laid-back shows."-Joey

"We love driving down Monroe Avenue in Corvallis on Saturday night while singing jams like 'Party In The USA' or 'Sweet Caroline' at the top of our lungs."

"Joey makes me happy."-Aidan

"Aidan and I had class together and one of our assignments was to compose music together. Obviously, Aidan decided to use me for my good looks and insane drumming abilities. So we started as a duo and before long, we asked Levi to join. Joey and I had bonded over our mutual love of bongos so it only made sense for him to eventually join the band."-Henry

"Henry eventually asked me to be a part of the band which meant I had successfully weaseled my way into Run The Risk *laughs*"-Joey

"We like playing together because it's fun *laughs* we're all good musicians which makes it a lot more fun. It's cool knowing that we always have each other."

"*look of worry crosses his face* what if we're the worst band you've ever seen?"-Levi

(Side note: they had nothing to worry about)

"One of the best parts about performing is being on stage with extremely engaged crowds. It makes it more awesome and everyone goes crazy and it makes us feel so many emotions and the adrenaline coursing through our veins."-Aidan

"Super smash bros makes me really happy. It's also great to perform in this band because we all actually like each other."-Henry

"Oreos dipped in gelato make me incredibly happy. I also love when the crowd is smiling and obviously enjoying our show."-Joey

"At one of our last shows, I looked up and saw Aidan and Joey disappear into the crowd. Aidan put his guitar down and parted through the crowd and they swallowed them up. Aidan started putting the mike up to random audience members and had them sing. It was like we were all having this really great moment together and it's one of my favorite memories with the band."-Henry

Of course being a band isn't all glamorous fun and games. They were really excited about this car dealership show in Albany, but then...nobody showed up. Surprisingly, musicians experience the same type of sh*t the rest of us do, even like basically getting stood up at their own show. They told me this was the only time this has happened to them and that shows have been a lot better for them ever since.

"Regardless of our future, we just want to continue getting better and better while interacting with crowd and inspiring them to feel varying emotions."-Aidan

"So we'll just continue to run the risk as long as we can *everyone laughs* sorry I just had to make a pun out of our name."-Aidan

Cover Image Credit: Ashley McMurray

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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