Not to be confused with the identically monikered outfit from Reading (here, worthwhile detour it is too) the Race in this case are from Chicago. Even though their new album ‘Ice Station’ is not set to be released for another couple of months their mp3 friendly label Flameshovel Records (home to Dublin band Joan of Arse, more of which later) has let 2 advance tracks out of the bag. And what a heady pair they make too, detailing the Race in alternate slow/fast modes. The Race are fronted by Craig Klein who has seen his band crumble and reconstitute over a period of years. The latest incarnation sees the act become a quartet and a glorious noise is what they make. ‘Feathers’ opens the album with brio, the drumming is punishing but beautifully offset by Klein’s dreamy vocals. ‘Walls’ is the antithesis of ‘Feathers’, a studied march that peddles a fiddle and an eye trained on indie as a tool for dancing. The Race are certainly up and running. KD
The Race – Feathers The Race – Walls
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