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Watch Runnner cover R.E.M. for Best Fit's secret sessions at End of the Road

31 January 2024, 12:00 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Ahead of his set at End of the Road Festival back in September last year, LA-based singer/songwriter Noah Weinman - better known as Runnner - played a Best Fit secret session which included a take on "Driver 8" by R.E.M.

The song - taken from R.E.M's 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction - has been covered in the past by Death Cab for Cutie, The Walkmen, Jason Isbell. Weinman's take - which you can watch below - builds on the urgency of the original but adds his own distinct signature.

Up next for Weinman is something of a curveball - an ambient record that "that expands the possibilities of what Runnner can be" built from stems of his 2023 debut LP Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out. Titled Starsdust, Weinman finished the album last spring, while stuck in bed recovering from a torn achilles tendon and the subsequent surgery.

"It was very exciting, scary, and rewarding to step outside of my wheelhouse," he says of the process. Starsdust is due out on Friday via Run For Cover Records.


Runnner joined the likes of Samia, Angel Olsen, Future Islands, Caitlin Rose and The Anchoress who all played for Best Fit's Secret Sessions during last year's event. The sessions have become a key part of End of the Road each year, bringing together artists from across the line-up in a series of short sets, exclusive covers, collaborations, and live interviews and Q&As.

Past years in the secret sessions have seen performances from Lucy Dacus, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile, Moses Sumney, Alex Cameron, Laura Marling, Patti Smith, and Frightened Rabbit - who played a now iconic version of "The Modern Leper".

Tickets for this year's End of the Road Festival are on sale now from

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