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On The Verge Interview: Races

posted March 29, 2012, 6:34 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Year Of The Witch, Races


Over the past year, we have begun to put more of a focused emphasis on music festivals. We sincerely believe that even in this day of rampant technology, they still represent one of the greatest ways to discover new music. In that short time span, we have been able to cover ACL, CMJ, The Voo Doo Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest35 Denton Fest, Vans Warped Tour, and of course,  SXSW. One of the new up and coming bands I discovered emerging from my experience with both 35 Denton fest and SXSW was RACES.

Photo Credit: Megan J. Carroll

The Southern California based sextet with an admittedly “impossible to Google” name – just released their debut LP Year Of The Witch.  They have already caught the attention of Paste Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Filter.  RACES have been steadily building a word-of-mouth following across the Mountain West and their native Southern California since the release of their debut “Big Broom” EP last fall. Their music has been described as “brooding,” “uplifting,” “introspective” all at the same time. With such a diverse range it’s no wonder RACES attracts such a diverse audience – even leading one critic to refer to them as “Laurel Canyon’s answer to Broken Social Scene.” There is something for everyone.

They have been touring nearly endlessly–in addition to the two festivals mentioned above, they have also toured this year and will be with both Gardens & Villa and Chairlift.  I met the band in a coffee shop in Austin during SXSW. Listen as we chat about holding down day jobs, touring with Thee Oh Sees and El Ten Eleven, both the good and bad of SXSW, and we end by playing Urban Dictionary Quiz! The mp3 will be under the video and picture, just hit play to stream.

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