Middle Distance Runner

Middle Distance Runner

Middle Distance Runner is a rock and roll band hailing from Washington, DC. They formed in 2005, and have since released two full-length albums (Plane In Flames and The Sun & Earth), a self-titled EP, and a handful of singles (including two Christmas songs!). While firmly grounded in pop songwriting, their style shifts with each new recording, and they have been compared to bands as disparate as Radiohead and REO Speedwagon.

The four-piece is known for turning up the intensity live, while being careful craftsmen in the studio. Drummer Erik Dean has been compared to John Bonham for his heavy-footed style, and with help from bassist Tony Acampora's vicious tones, MDR boasts a fearsome rhythm section. Guitarist and keyboardist Jay Smith adds complex texture to seemingly facile pop songs, while lead singer Stephen Kilroy lends a soulful vocal touch.

SPIN Magazine - “insanely catchy rockers"

CNN.com - “meticulous, smart pop within a hook-laden rock song”

Brightest Young Things – “Middle Distance Runner brought a sound straight from the Mississippi delta: Southern fried rock arrangements and a boisterous lead vocalist that infused verses with blues and funk over the top his rollicking piano lines (like Mose Allison in the flush of his youth).”

Teen Mom

Chris Kelly birthed the fuzz-pop skeleton of Teen Mom at university in Dublin amidst the strong influences of loneliness and Seinfeld reruns. He never talks about his experiences in Ireland.

Tom MacWright and Sean Dalby met at college in Virginia and formed both a series of bands as well as a 'hired gun' rhythm section, which has been the secret sauce behind every successful Washington, DC area band since. They met Chris Kelly when he crashed their July 4th party, and eventually learned about his music project, but never anything about his time in Ireland.

Eventually the skeletons became songs and the group became a band. They have been owning the DC music scene as of March 2011. The recordings also grew, producing an EP and several singles-in-waiting.

Sean is currently on the market.

EDIT: sean is currently NOT on the market. and omar, who also went to school with sean and tom, is playing bass for the moms.


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