“There was a time long ago, when writer’s wrote straight-forward songs about love ‘n life ‘n loss and surrounded them with simple, but effective arrangements. Those traits are often found in Americana style music today … and that’s where Charlotte NC’s Run Engine kicks into gear. The band adds some classic rock, country and folk influences, all topped off with a sense of pace and lyricism reminiscent of Tom Petty. Band leader Andy Wood leads his veteran crew (Neglected Sheep, Southside Punx, The Blackhounds, No Anger Control) through a four-song EP on their new Catalyst-recorded debut CD.”
"The Charlotte foursome drifts between hard charging guitar rock and radio-ready `90s style pop-rock that features jangly Tom Petty-like guitars and ample harmonies. Andy Wood’s deep Chris Cornell-meets-Darius Rucker baritone, which you might expect to find in a classic country song, threads through it all."
“Four songs from a new Charlotte band made by a handful of "not so new to Charlotte" musicians. When Southside Punx and No Anger Control drummer John Ehlers asked me to check out his new band I had no idea what to expect... was John joining another punk band? Surely this had to be a whole new monster... and I was pleased with the answer I got. This is a great rock band. Simply that. Excellent song writing backed by pro level musicians. This EP showcases the diversity in their style with a 90's alt-rock feel that also touches into the country realm and even has hints of Ehlers punk rock roots. Andy Wood's vocals rumble low and are accompanied nicely by bassist Mike Scarlata and multi instrumentalist Davey Kolk's harmonies. A cool EP and a refreshing sound amidst the rising popularity of noisy throwback bands. It's nice to hear something genuine. Check out Run Engine.”