Today, Racing, the band hailed as “saviours of the Kiwi rock-n-roll revival” have premiered the dance rock anthem “The Bass”. On “The Bass”, Racing brew up a sonic stew equal parts Can, Marilyn Manson and Depeche Mode, seasoned with the soulful melodies of classic Motown. The track, which seamlessly blends psychedelic indie rock and dance rhythms, serves as a perfect introduction to the band’s EP of the same name, a release that will undoubtedly signal a breakthrough year for the band. You can check out “The Bass” on YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud now and look for an official video later in the summer.
Racing is made up of long-time collaborators Ed Knowles (vocals) and Sven Pettersen (guitar); two crucial parts to the colossus that was The Checks. The two time Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards winners (Best Rock Album) from Auckland, made their way into the pages of NME while sharing the stage with Oasis, REM, The Hives, AC/DC, The Killers and Muse on different tours. Knowles and Pettersen are joined by two other heavy hitters from the Kiwi alternative scene – Daniel Barrett (Bass) formerly of Sherpa and Izaak Houston (Drums) formerly of Space Creeps.
The Auckland-based four piece take rock and roll and inject it with a chemical haze so potent the listener is left both pleased and punished. Once likened to “the thoughts of a crocodile in flood season”, the band crafts a swirling sea of groove and hypnosis into rock anthems drenched in weird tropical dance music. From the darkness of the late night dive bars where they cut their teeth, to playing Summer festivals across New Zealand, the four members of Racing have come together to create a massive sound that challenges anything from their collective musical past.
Stay tuned as the band debuts more new tunes ahead of their EP release later this year!