Run From Cover is totally pumped for the chance to open for the rock band, Love Drug, on May 20 at Kimo's Sports Bar on North Columbia Center Boulevard in Richland.
The Nashville-based Love Drug has been drawing a cult following nationwide for the past year.
And Run From Cover hopes to follow in that indie band's footsteps with its own rockin' sound.
The band includes Tri-City natives Zac Mason, 25, as lead singer, guitarist and pianoman, Michael Bjur, 24, drums, Stephen Donley, 25, lead guitar, Andrew Luttrell, 26, bass and Philip Sanchez, 23, rhythm guitar.
"We are very excited for this show for several reasons," Mason told the Herald. "We all love the guys in Love Drug, they have a great following in this area, and we are working with their Nashville management and booking agencies to start bringing more mid-sized national touring acts through (the Tri-Cities)."
The band opens for Love Drug at 9 p.m. Cover is $8 in advance at Kimo's or $10 at the door.
All the musicians are holding on to their day jobs while they build a music reputation. Bjur also is the only one who is married. He has a 2-year-old son and works as the manager of Brulant Coffee in Pasco.
Luttrell and Donley, the boyfriend of country singer Kate Turner, also works at Brulant.
Sanchez is a locksmith with Mounts Lock & Key in Kennewick. Mason has a 1-year-old son and divides his time between Anthony's restaurant in Richland and the post office in Pasco.
Leading busy and hectic lives isn't always fun, but the sacrifice is worth it for the love of music, Mason said.
"The music industry is hard and cold," he said. "There are tons of people looking to rip you off and it is incredibly hard work to get shows outside of your own hometown, let alone exposure via radio, TV and social media."
But despite the discouraging nature of the business, Run From Cover has high hopes it will eventually succeed in the music world.
He also gives his hometown fans a nudge for supporting the band.
"This community stood by us through all the hard work and kept us believing we had something worth sharing with the world. And now we are finally breaking out into cities all across the country," Mason said. "We have managed to create quite a buzz for ourselves and it will be interesting to see what happens next."
During the past three years, Run From Cover has released an album and signed more than 15 media synchronization agreements with the MTV, A&E and ABC TV networks.
"Our song, I'll See You There, has been used twice on the ABC family show Jane By Design," Mason said.
"We are currently in the finals for a national warp tour competition and readying for a big showcase in Los Angeles for labels and manager, so it's been a good year for us."
As for the story behind the band's unusual name, Mason explains it this way:
"I was torn between going to college and pursuing a secure income or chasing a dream," he said. "I thought we always do what's safe, but sometimes the risk is where life's greatest moments are. It just means take chances, don't always play it safe, sometimes you do have to run from cover.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org