TAZ writes about the Berlin band RUN RUN RUN VANGUARD led by singer Alexander Veljanov (also frontman of Deine Lakaien): “Broken black city music with a pinch of loving hope, changing moods and sharpness juggling precisely. Absolutely perfect.”
The debut album entitled “Suck Success” was produced by the four-man band themselves, but some of the songs were completed with the help of English producer Dave Young (among others John Cale, Element of Crime).
The special charm of the music of RUN RUN VANGUARD lies among other things in the friction between partly rough, partly demanding energy, with which the rhythm/bass/guitar section even advances into grunge realms, and Veljanov’s emotionality, which can sometimes, if required, turn into unusual hardness and determination. Topics such as AIDS, career addiction, incest, life in exile can be found in RUN RUN VANGUARD as well as romantic-melancholic stories about love, suffering and redemption. The listener may particularly notice the Macedonian song “Taga sa jug”, whose lyrics, like all on this record, were written by Veljanov.
“Suck Success” can be seen as a representative cross-section of the band repertoire. The band, founded in 1988, played since December 1990 in the following line-up: “Timo Arnd, bass, Doc P. Boghe, guitar, Werner Engel, drums and Alexander Veljanov, voice.
The release of “Suck Success” was followed by a short tour, including a highly acclaimed appearance at PopKomm. Further appearances in small clubs followed, which many of us still remember well. Soon it became foreseeable, however, that the band, some of whose members had to leave Berlin for professional reasons, found it more and more difficult to work and set up together. The band split up at the end of 1994. What remains is a remarkable album that allows us to continue to share the energy and emotions of this unconventional ensemble.