Watch FM-84 Perform An Extended Version Of “Running In The Night”

FM-84 live.

I may dive dark into metal and goth, but I’m also a big fan of the synthwave genre which has gradually been gaining ground in the mainstream. One of the leaders of that pack, FM-84, are on the first leg of a U.S. tour, hitting the West Coast this month and the East Coast and Midwest in June. Synthwave is a genre that is very retro ’80s, often mixing in some modern elements or mixing up vintage ones in new ways. Conjuring up lush synth pop inspired by the Decade of Decadence, FM-84 certainly revel in their old school influences from their look to their album covers to their sound. Their romantic pop anthem “Running In The Night” qualifies as a hit in the synthwave world, racking up over 12 million plays on Spotify and YouTube.

Originally the brainchild and domain of keyboardist/producer Col Bennett, the Bay Area unit accrued dynamic singer Ollie Wride in 2016 and now include guitarist Josh Dally in their ranks. The trio is on the road together throughout the spring and early summer. Judging from the various live clips found on YouTube, FM-84’s devout fans are big on audience participation, and their magnetic frontman knows how to pump them up. He even whips out a keytar onstage. While it has been three years since the release of their excellent debut album Atlas, the group put out the ballad “Bend & Break” on Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, more new music is on the way. Wride recently released three solo tunes as well, with a full album in the works.

In the meantime, check out FM-84 live if they come to your town. Below you can watch their animated and extended rendition of “Running In The Night” and their cover of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from their recent gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Following those is a clip of their 2017 single “Never Stop” from their London show this past February. Check here for current and updated tour dates.

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