"Runner seemed poised for success," Oor says. "We had a lot of people tell us we were the greatest thing. I knew it wasn't really going to happen when at the end of one tour we played New York City and there were a lot of high-profile A&R people there. The guy who signed the Strokes and the guy who signed Alicia Keys came to see us. But they saw the Bravery right before our show . . . they walked out after two or three of our songs, was the rumor."

Although Runner collapsed under their inability to find a permanent bassist and fatigue with navigating industry caveats, there is a second act with this year's self-released Love, Light, and Lust, a collection of alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks. And though it took a while for him to come around, even Pinansky realizes what all those other people were telling him was dead right after all. "We were always pushing for bigger and better. At the time, it was never enough. Now I can look back and be like, 'Wow, that was really cool.' "

RUNNER AND THE THERMODYNAMICS + THE LIGHTS OUT + THE ORGAN BEATS + MINOR STARS | T.T. the Bear's, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | November 19 at 9 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.BEAR or ttthebears.com

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