Moonrunners are a musically diverse and organically grown testament to delivering original, tasty funk and blues grooves to discerning listeners of all stripes and extractions. The band released their self produced debut cd, Angelic Hellions in July 2010. The album features upbeat blues/gospel flavors (Stuck In The Bar Again), crunchy guitar pop (Better Things To Do Today), and quirky r&b(Visualize). Slower redemptive outings are the praiseful Everything We See and the mournful elegy Paper Flowers. The band explores a more down and dirty approach on the funky harmonica-laden Blood From A Turnip, and the incandescent bossa rock of Clip Their Wings. Lead singer Eleck's soulful vocal burns with intensity. The twin lead and/or rhythm guitar currents of Jhaan Kay and John Radtke stoke the fire while Andrew Lake, holds down the fort on a frenetic and funky bass. Drummer Mike Irwin keeps it pounding and in the pocket.
The band was formed in Minneapolis after Eleck returned from a jaunt in the City of Angels. After taking the midnight train back to the City of Holy Waters where he had many ties, he ran into drummer Michael Irwin. The band's first gig was on a boat on the Mississippi River. Since then they have worked close to a hundred shows all over the metro.
In August 2010 the band was shocked and saddened to find out Irwin had died suddenly. A memorial show is planned for early 2011. New drummer Gus brings some serious funk chops, having worked with Edwin Starr and Charles Wright in the 80's.