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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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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