Fresh off the release of his buzzing Summerland EP, rising artist Joshua Speers returns with anthemic new song “The Runaround” today via Warner Records/Let Me Know. The accompanying video – described by director Gus Black [Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Clark Jr.] as “Gucci Budweiser aesthetic” – is an extension of Josh’s effortless vibe, serving as a soundtrack as he cruises throughout Los Angeles. “The Runaround” marks the start of a new chapter for Speers, with more music planned for release throughout 2021.
“This is a song about being led on and then let down,” Josh says about the relatable new track. “Getting your hopes up and then hopes crushed. But at the same time, it’s not a sad song. Sometimes all you can do is let out a good yell and move on.”
A renaissance man in the most classic definition of the term, Delaware-raised Joshua Speers has spent the past year on lockdown in Los Angeles making pottery—he moved a wheel into his house just as quarantine started –fly fishing, riding his motorcycle and co-hosting an Instagram Live book club for fans and followers. A hopeless romantic, he studied poetry and pottery at Skidmore College, traversing the Northeast with a small library on his dashboard while working an assortment of odd jobs before moving to LA to pursue music full-time. He made his major label debut with Human Now (2020), which V Magazine called “a soul-searching project,” followed by most recent EP Summerland, built on a guitar-heavy, 80s-inspired sound that Speers describes as the lovechild of Bruce Springsteen and Carly Rae Jepsen.