IMHIW is now available in France through Volvox, here is a
review we received yesterday (can't remember who from) its been
very kindly translated for us as we aren't too hot at french.
Good bands out of England have been few and far between
recently, don’t you find? Which is why when you find one, you make
a lot of noise about them! The Race is one of those groups who
created a buzz on the other side of the channel even before their
first album was recorded. Barely two years later and the spirits
appeased, the group is back with a second album, In My Head It
Works, on a par with their reputation.
The group keeps a steady course, offering an album with a
long shadow, multi-faceted, with varying rhythms. It was Summer
that grabbed most of my attention during the first few listens.
Whether in the vocals or the guitars, this song guides us towards
the influences that perhaps stayed with us from the 90s (Dinosaur
Jr, Afghan Whigs…) . The group’s talent is also equally notable
both in the composition of the melodies and the richness of the
sound. And they are able to alternate rhythms and atmospheres, to
prevent In My Head It Works from becoming an insipid or stodgy
album. Racing Car Game or Give Me Your Bible were also good for a
few replays, with their noisy, whirling guitars in the style of My
Bloody Valentine and the turbulent, mad vocals again.
Pretty damn impressive, all that!Yes, you guessed, it, if
there’s one real rock album you should listen to now, then it’s The
Race, In My Head It Works !As for me, I’m pretty hard pressed to
part with it since a few days ago. It’s a real obsession!
Apparently, it’s working on my head as well!Without doubt the
finest surprise in this style since the first Bloc Party
Spring has arrived and so has our second album. Two years of
hard work is now available for you to purchase in HMV
stores/amazon/iTunes worldwide and directly from our label's shop
if you want to help us channel the profits more efficiently...(link
at the bottom).
some brand new reviews;
"endearingly awkward... couldn't be more triumphalistic if
they soundtracked Brandon Flowers taking a unicorn for a victory
lap round a paddock"
"the band are definitely firing on all cylinders, get into
them now before everybody else does"
"this band delivers. If the Pixies shacked up with The Arcade
Fire and then threw in a bit of Bloc Party for good measure, 'In My
Head It Works' would be the hybrid love-child. ...twinkling,
mesmerising with enough grunge sensibility to give this band the
"As bold and big-hearted as The Waterboys in the Grand
Canyon, it's vaulting ambition meets ruddy big choruses coming the
other way. ...roars majestically. Intriguing moments of punk
interrupt... it's classy anthems aplenty."
Channel 4, Planet Sound
"it's really very good. ...the elegiac nature of the
lyrics and the soaring guitars of the del Rios make this a
stadium-friendly unit-shifter which owes a debt to many, from
Arcade Fire to Simple Minds. If the race is on for successful rock
with balls and brains, then it's already been won"
"Akin to Editors, Interpol and White Lies....Floor-tom heavy
with a rolling bass the guitars are alternatively choppy then
floating on a Chameleons-like tide of echoing, chiming, glassy
The album is also out in Japan with France to follow with
plans for a few more license deals coming in as we continue
Gigs next week include, Lewisham, Guildford, London, Windsor
and Harlow. A brand new video for current single Rude Boy is also
due to appear in the next couple of days.
www.oxfordmusic.net (our label shop that can ship you a copy
of the album worldwide).
We're having a nice week, rude boy is kind of the flagship
single for the album at the moment, it seems to be doing a nice
job. Its a song inspired by a visit I made to one of my friends who
was in Reading Prison at the time. I watched as some of the other
prisoners gave it the strut as they entered the visiting room. Its
funny how just being in a prison can effect how a dude see's
It was Q track of the day yesterday;
its good to read stuff about you that doesn't just repeat
your press release. Next wednesday is going to be a good day, We're
getting the rude boy video back from Mark the director dude, we are
quietly excited about the results..it could be very special, we're
then headlining the 229 club in central London for club fandango in
the evening. Do come. Rude boy has now made its way onto the NME
Radio A list too.. which is good.
Thats all band stuff and all very nice but the thing I'm most
excited about this week is my local library; Palmer Park library in
Reading. I haven't had a library card since I was about 14, back
then you could borrow 7 books at a time. Yesterday, aged 26 I took
my I.D along and asked for a library card at my local library... 20
BOOKS!!! I didn't know where to start, I found myself reverting
back to my childhood and heading straight for the sports section
again. You can now borrow dvd's too, woop woop. We're hoping to
have some more gigs to announce shortly (do i say that every time?
-we really mean it this time). We have ants in our pants.
Its very snowy today here in Reading, there is a skip outside
my house and it has been hit several times today by cars coming
around the corner, thankfully my car has survived unscathed.
Having spent several months waiting for this new album and
its singles to be released its been wonderful having people hear it
(journalists/stake holders) and to get some feedback. We are really
pleased with the songs and their recordings.
'Rude Boy' shall be the next single (February 23rd) and has
two of my favourite b-sides to date. It also has some lovely
artwork from our friend Tom Derret (morning runner) which makes it
extra special. We begin work on the video tomorrow. We heard today
that its made its way onto the NME radio playlist which is good.
Meanwhile 'I Get it Wrong' is being beautifully serviced over in
America and has had a whole bunch of plays on different stations
around the country thanks to our newest team member Liz.
In My Head It Works (the album) is set for a full release on
Mrch the 9th although it can be downloaded from iTunes already if
you like your music downloaded. We're just trying to sort our some
dates around its release more to follow.
Thats about all I can think of for now. We hope all you
stakeholders have received your singles and albums safely and have
been studying them carefully. dan x
Thankyou so much to those of you that came on Saturday to the
Reading gig. What an awesome start to the year..sorry to those who
couldn't get in (actually we're not sorry at all).
This months Artrocker magazine have just published the first
album review, they don't mince their words. This is what they said;
THE RACE. In my head it works.
I wasn't a fan of this band, to be honest (until now). Their
anthemic indie harmonisations are excellently executed,but still
managing to teeter dangerously close to the Razorshite category,
although managing to outshine other bands involved in the
self-admiring indie stifle. 'I Get It Wrong' showcases the bands
willingness to down tune the guitars and make riff's more akin to
Interpol than the Zutons, a blatant improvement from the last album
'Be Your Alibi' subsequently showing that the band have somewhat
matured from obvious pop structures and hooks. Dirty, subdued
riffs, spindly chords and key tonal changes on tracks like 'Rude
Boy', 'Better ship away' and 'Racing Car Game' further proved me
wrong as I listened in awe to the transformation- from an
underachieving 'comic' sponsored mob to something that may actually
be interesting live, its lighter holding, stadium rock contains a
dirty penchant for the extrovert and out of tune. Joe Gamp.
You stakeholders got a mention in the NME today, your 'rude
boy' singles should be on their way and the albums are being
manufactured as we speak although i think you've already been told
There's a gig in Aldershot on Friday and we're just waiting
to here back on a last minute gig in London next Thursday too.
Things are warming up.
Woo Woo yeah yeah.. good. Lets get back to being in a band
again, I spent the past three weeks waiting for everyone to get
back to work. We have some music to release and I'd like to get
cracking. This New Years eve I was in bed by 11pm (new baby blah
blah) and it was probably my best yet as I have grown tired of the
usual fake excitement with a room full of strangers.
The others are back rehearsing today and trying to figure out
how to play the whole of Killer live,turning my casiotone into a
huge church organ using james' guitar pedals..I have had to stay
home. My head is throbbing and it looks like I may have suddenly
become prone to migraines, will see what the doctor says later...i
tried the nhs direct website but it told me to ring 999 which
worried me greatly.
Apparently mr lamacq thinks that shoegaze might make a
comeback this year, I spent yesterday doing a japanese interview
that wanted to know what we thought about 'shoegazer' and our
fellow Reading band Slowdive....???????????????????????? I don't
know????!! Maybe i should have a listen to their stuff as similar
questions keep coming. Cue a whole load of reviews comparing us to
shoegaze bands. Hype/press/buzz/labels are funny old things. We
continue to make music we like and remain ignorant of half the
bands we get compared too. Sometimes its nice to not be too
knowledgable, we shall leave that to others. France are now
releasing the album which is good, Tom Robinson played IGIW
yesterday and reviews continue to pour in, Rude Boy should be back
from the manufacturers this week and we are really excited about
this huge Reading gig coming up on Saturday, its set to be busy.
Also keep your eyes peeled for some of the COOTMP gigs that are
starting to come together, happy new year, i hope it has brought
you fresh optimism in whatever you are getting up to,
ps//having said all of that, I'm going to bite the bullet and
listen to some slowdive right now(!)
If we were to release a Christmas single this could well be
it. Screw everyone else!!
Mr Fogg sent us through a remix of our song Moorwood late
last week and on a cold, damp, flu riddled day I had a bit of a
moment. Have a listen, if you like it pass it on to your
friends..we will make it available to download from our website
between Christmas day and New Years day, some kind of virtual
stocking filler I guess. We're also working on the 'Race Christmas
Message 2008'..more of that to come.
6 IMHIW album tracks and full length ones at that are now up
on our myspace page,
we are very busy but should have lots to show for ourselves
In the meantime you can now get yourself a copy of 'I get it
wrong' in the following shops and towns..
SISTER RAY LIMITED LONDON
WALL OF SOUND RECORDS HUDDERSFIELD
RESIDENT MUSIC LTD BRIGHTON
SPILLERS RECORDS CARDIFF
SELECTADISC LTD NOTTINGHAM
REFLEX NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
PICCADILLY RECORDS MANCHESTER
ACTION RECORDS PRESTON
AVALANCHE RECORDS EDINBURGH
'I get it wrong' is the first single from this new album and
is available for download today on all the usual sites, physical
release will follow in a couple of weeks..(for various reasons) but
is also available at gigs and through being one of the
stakeholders..we hope you like them, feel free to ask for them from
us directly too, i'm sure we can shove copies in the post. It also
includes the B-sides Maisie and Here I Lay, which we are really
couple of single reviews below..
THE RACE I Get It Wrong 8/10
Long under-rated anthemicists return with more shivering
unabashed big music, this time like The Open taking on The Killers'
Smile Like You Mean It. Belongs in arenas, not pubs. John Earls,
THE RACE – I Get It Wrong (Shifty Disco) – Another single
from The Race, they do seem to just glide along semi-lost in their
own lush indie rock world and now and again pop up with something
that reminds you that they're out there and has you wondering why
they aren't far bigger news and all over things like the NME. I
think this maybe the first the fruits of a new album, then again I
may be wrong, someone will correct me when I get it wrong. Lush
indie rock, tiny epics and an ambitious sound that really does
sound like it should be coming from a big stage or a daytime
alternative radio station on the same playlist as The Cure and
bands like Snow Patrol, Arcade Fire. Three more fine hopeful
ambitious alternative indie songs, three more impressive tracks
from a band who really deserve to be doing more than just gliding
along in their own lost world. Sean O, Organ.
We had a wonderful time of it with the gigs last week, Jess
was very proud to wear her Super badger for the first time and i'm
so sorry to those in Windsor who I offended by screwing up the game
of Hangman mid set..I honestly thought I was going to win(!). The
Chilli Con Carne in Brighton was top notch and made a wonderful
change from eating restaurant food every night..much more homely.
This week we are very pleased to be heading back into Reading
prison, Its been a big source of inspiration over these past two
albums as it sits smack bang in the middle of our town and I often
think of the boys inside as I walk past in the fresh air, Its a gig
I've been looking forward to very much.
For those in the know, the 'Come on Over To My Place' Winter
Tour is looking really good, thank you so much to all the
stakeholders who have put in their requests so far, keep them
coming and we shall get onto the logistics shortly. We're also
getting set for the belated Stakeholder and friends bonfire night
at Andy's house..its set to be a classic, Gra is very keen to host
the maggott racing..I'm not sure how that will look, but hopefully
we'll have some apple bobbing too..its still not to late to get
involved with the Stake stuff, its all on our website.
Jess has been stealing bits of footage off our phones in
order to piece together a little studio diary from when we made the
We're playing three gigs next week ..previews/ticket details
are below..get cutting and pasting as i still don't know how to
make links work on here and can't be bothered to waste time trying
to figure it out!
Think thats about all for now other than to say that any
stakeholders reading this are very welcome to come to our belated
bonfire/fireworks night at Andy's house on December the 6th, give
us a shout if you can make it and we'll tell you more. Stakeholder
'I Get It Wrong' singles will be in the post on Monday despatched
from the mighty Shifty Disco. Its all getting very interesting.
Its so good to be playing again. There's a short tour
starting to take shape around the single in november, and we look
forward to seeing you there... We can't WAIT! If you want us to
come to your town, let us know...
If you've forgotten what we look like.. here's a lovely
piccie someone kind sent through - thanks Mr Miller...!
Race drummer and all round good guy Andy was involved in a car
accident last night on the way home from a gig in London. His car
flipped onto its roof but miraculously he was unhurt and was able
to crawl out of the window without any cuts or bruises. We went
today to pick up his things from the car before it was scrapped, he
was listening to our new single at the time and eerily it had
stopped at the moment his car flipped..we pressed play today and on
it went, unfortunately the stereo was pretty much the only thing
left of any value. Andy is understandably shaken up but other than
that ok. We are very thankful that he is ok, life and health are so
easily taken for granted.
While Andy had the afternoon off we finished some filming for
the second version of the video for this single, it is looking very
beautiful indeed, the gig last night incidentally was a very
special one..we were on unusually early (7.30pm) but the room
filled out nicely and there was a wonderful light show which helped
set the scene nicely. We now have a new manager by the name of Mr
Roy Eldridge. He is a gentleman and has a wise experienced head, he
is also good and tall which I think is always an important
attribute in a manager/getting things done. We look forward to
getting to know him better and making our first steps together..
rather like a romance. You will like him.
We got the promotional copies of our single and album back
from the manufacturers yesterday and are now looking forward to our
team getting into the full swing of letting people know that we are
back and have something for them to hear. We are hopefully going to
head up to London on Monday to personally hand deliver the first
couple of copies too..I think we learnt from Pass It On that
nothing beats making the effort to hand over your music in person.
Next friday night we are headlining the main venue at Reading
Students Union, it should provide a nice hometown gig for this
month and non students can come too..I think its £4 on the door
without NUS, bargain..and its freshers week.
Another crazy week of getting things ready and trying to meet
deadlines, in three hours on Monday afternoon I wrote and recorded
my lyrics for a new b-side with Gra. By Tuesday night we were
running a little behind so had an 8pm artwork meeting at the del
Rio's. We we have to have the new single and the album promo
artwork ready to pass on to the Shifty Disco tomorrow. We were
struggling for ideas and I was keen to get home to my little family
so I asked Jess for some paper and paint (the others laughed)..this
is what happened, I wasn't sure but they seem to like it so it may
well stick. I then went back home and left them to it. 'My work
here is done'. Highly amusing.
I was thinking this week that we exist very much as a cottage
industry with us each having numerous roles within the
band/partnership. As well as our musical jobs, between us we seem
first aider (!)
I guess the tricky/easy part is trying to work out who
Tomorrow thankfully we shall get back to our favourite way of
passing time with a gig at the brand new Windsor Arts Centre (old
firestation) its with our old friends Sennen who are on a national
tour, we'll both be playing an extended set so it should be pretty
good, doors are 7.30pm and we shall be on at 8.30pm, early