Mat Hook’s poignant track, “Runaway Road,” penned in 2021, stands as a testament to resilience and self-reflection. After a seven-year hiatus from live performing, this song encapsulates a pivotal moment in Hook’s life, where he grappled with job losses, births, breakups, and losses. The chorus, “I can see the past years have hurt, they drank as you thirst, walk down your runaway road of fears,” encapsulates the raw emotion and ‘me against the world’ sentiment that defined that period.
With a rich history in live performances and music releases, including his involvement with the acclaimed indie rock group ‘Kartica,’ Mat Hook’s return under his own name is marked by a newfound wisdom and authenticity. Influenced by 90’s English Indie rock, drawing inspiration from bands like Oasis, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, and Stone Roses, Mat Hook’s music is a fusion of nostalgia and contemporary alt-rock.
Recorded at ‘Tufty’s Rave Cave’ and produced by Paul Tuffs, a cornerstone of Sheffield’s music scene, “Runaway Road” features contributions from notable musicians like Dave Howard (The Hudares), Sam Cotteril (formerly of Kartica), and Matt Dacey (formerly of Aux Innocent).
“Runaway Road” is more than a song; it’s a testament to the human spirit’s capacity for growth and transformation. Mat Hook’s magnetic voice leads listeners on a journey through towering rock and roll sublimity. With every note, “Runaway Road” resonates as a rallying cry for those seeking direction and momentum in life once again.