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CITY RAIN Sends a Love Letter to Philly Releases Video for “Real Good”

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“‘Philadelphia: For Better or Worse’ is what I always say,” remarks  BEN RUNYAN, one half of the electro surf pop duo  CITY RAIN. “I was born here, I grew up here, and I live here. This city has lifted me up and driven me into the ground, but I always come out of it a new person.” It’s fitting therefore that the city has become the focal point and object of affection for the band’s new video,  “REAL GOOD”  (which uses the “So So Good Remix” as the bed). The original, taken from the  I’m Gone  EP released last Fall, is a triumph over adversity that illustrates the moment and feeling of being able to walk away from a broken relationship without harboring negativity. “I get to be Del Shannon here,” Ben laughs of the original version. “Big throwback to the 60s with this one, and a very Joy Division-inspired bassline. This was our first happy track, and it makes us happy.” The video can be seen here: The “So So Good Remix” is a perfect slice of old school New Wave with a healthy dash of surf-laden modern electronica.

Much like their celebrated debut video  I’m Gone”  which was selected by  AOL  as  “Video of the Day,”  the“Real Good”  video stars the people and places that make up the Northeast end of Philadelphia. As a strikingly honest and genuine statement that the good and bad coexists peacefully in the city’s complicated streets, they asked random strangers on the street to make a somewhat controversial gesture that is the centerpoint of the video. It wasn’t tough to get people to give us the middle finger “” it was almost as if they were waiting to give it to somebody,” said the other half of the duo  Jarrett Zerrer  to  Philadelphia Metro  in a recent feature  . Nine times out of 10, they were so quick to oblige.”

“Real Good” video
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A textural capsule that is at once thematically poignant and undeniably catchy, the  I’m Gone  EP combines the emotional yet danceable impact of The Postal Service, New Order, Cults, and a less hormonal Kids of 88 with a surprising surf guitar twist that adds a fascinatingly fresh dimension. Blending surf, New Wave, funk and electro, City Rain was hailed by  Deli Magazine  as  “Band of the Month  and has received adulation and spins on influential AAA station  WXPN 88.5FM. The title track  “I’m Gone”  is an immediately catchy pop song, coasting on a hazy synthpop beat with dreamy surf guitar resonating throughout.

Named after the “cleansing and cathartic electric smell after it rains in the city,” City Rain is ready to undergo a similar rebirth – from one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets to a formidable national electronic band. Having supported such buzz-heavy bands as  The Dears, School Of Seven Bells, Telefon Tel Aviv, East Hundred  and fellow Reybee roster mates  Hank & Cupcakes, their buzz is beginning to resonate quite loudly outside of their hometown.  “David Lynch and Edgar Allen Poe often spoke of the dark nature of this city and its power to keep you down, but then there are your  ‘Rocky’s’  of the world,” Ben concludes, referencing the iconic fictional boxer. “It’s the triumph over adversity. All cheese aside, I couldn’t run away from the similarities of our music and  Rocky’s  message.”

CITY RAIN  is  Ben Runyan  (vocals, keys, production) and  Jarrett Zerrer  (vocals, guitar).

Tour Dates
Mar 24 –  Killen Kittenz @ PYT  (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr 2 –  Tigerbeats @ Barbary  (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr 13 –  Brighton Bar  (Long Branch, NJ)
Apr 27 –  HMAC  (Harrisburg, PA)
Apr. 28 –  Arlene’s Grocery  (New York, NY)

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