Logan Tudor of Sumerlin Talks about the New Album “RUNAWAYS”!

Josh Bechler Writer for Rocking God's HouseHailing from Wilmington, NC, Sumerlin has been on tour for the better part of the last few years, and they are now getting ready for a very busy 2014 to support their new album “RUNAWAYS” which has just been released. They are getting the fans involved by offering a RUNAWAYS Remix Contest. They will accept remix entries for any of the songs on the new album. The winners will be handpicked by the band from the top 10 remixes (measured by listens), and they will offer several awesome prizes for the winners. Check the link above for more details.

The album was produced and mixed by John Harrell (Sent By Ravens, Divided By Friday, Set It Off) and was mastered by Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Anberlin, P.O.D.).

RUNAWAYS is now available through Dream Records and Capitol Christian Distribution. I recently spoke with Sumerlin’s Logan Tudor about the new album:

Logan, tell us about the new album RUNAWAYS?

This record is about knowing what you’re running from and what you’re running towards. These songs are all about anything and everything that you can sink so deep into that it completely consumes you. When you reach that point the only way out is to run. Run away from what holds you back and breaks you. Run towards what rebuilds and renews you. These songs speak from our own hearts, our own personal experiences as well as experiences we’ve seen in the lives of friends and family. Running away is not always an act of rebellion — if you put God on the side you’re running towards — it is by no means a cowardly or rebellious act.

What is the first single of the album?

The first single is “Breaking Out.” That song is just one representation of what the album means to us. We wanted to touch on all we could and still stay true to the album idea. Each song is a reflection of that.

Have you reached your goal of 4,000 fans on Facebook yet?

Not yet! But we’re close [laughs]. Facebook has become so weird in the last year or two. Very limiting to reaching fans. But we don’t let that stop us. We strive to build friendships with our listeners — not just gain numbers.

Sumerlin strives to be culturally relevant and spiritually significant. Explain more of that to us.

We feel called to do this. It’s our job to reach every single person we can. In being culturally relevant we try to offer something to everyone — be it lyrically, musically, and emotionally. In doing that we open ourselves to reaching more people. As Christians we’re called to be Kingdom-minded and love each and every person we meet. If we can keep ourselves relevant in an ever-changing culture, we allow ourselves to continue reaching people and spreading that love with the very hope that lives within us — thus being spiritually significant. It blesses us to bless others.

Are you guys set to tour after the album release?

Indeed! We have some awesome opportunities in the planning stages and cannot wait to share the details! This year is going to be insanely great. Keep an eye on our website for updates. And follow us on your favorite social apps and sites!

If Sumerlin could be known for one thing in particular what would it be?

Being a band that you can call your friends. A band that you look forward to seeing not just because you like our music but because you know you can hang out and talk with us, pour into us and take advice from us. Let’s be friends. Come hang at a show. See you soon and blessings to you.