Get ready, people. Races new album, Year of the Witch, is going to drop on March 27th. Before it’s release date, you can stream it HERE. And to spoil you even further, The Echo is having a release album party on March 30th. Yeah, you read that right. Two awesome events happening back to back. Don’t get too excited and fall out of your seat. You don’t want people to stare…
You know what? Forget it. Act all crazy. These guys are worth your boss doubting your sanity. I mean, you always doubt theirs. It’s only fair, right?
So let’s focus back to the source of all this excitement: Races. This group all started in a cosmic way, really. Each member was in their early to mid twenties, with not much direction. They all knew they had something to offer the world, but they couldn’t figure out what the heck that was. The group all knew each other way before Races was formed. As a matter of fact, they all either had dated or were currently dating each other. Thankfully for us, this was one of the very few exceptions that doesn’t end badly. Instead of fighting over who owned the dog, these guys made great music together. Year of the Witch is their proclamation to the world explaining how they’ve accepted uncertainty as a way of life. And through that acceptance, they’ve actually found meaning.
Listeners definitely get a sense of their struggles through their powerful lyrics. This can be seen in Big Brooms, the second track of their new album.
All my debts and all my dreams
Will one day be swept clean
Ryff explained the song’s message as “accepting that every ending is a new beginning, and even if we may have no control over when things are given or taken from us, we can always choose how to respond.”
Makes you think, huh? Now Ryff and the band don’t want you to think that they’re all sitting around with acoustic guitars singing sad songs about prom night. They’re much more deep than that. They hit the hard subjects. What can be more difficult than figuring out who you are and what you are here for? Some people die without finding themselves. These guys are sharing their journey with us. It won’t create a road map to success and fulfillment, but they do let us know that it’s okay to be lost. ‘Cuz without being lost, you can’t truly be found.
Our next group, Living Things, is made up of three brothers from St. Louis. Needless to say, they’ve been playing together since grade school. Their music is a discography of their lives; inspired by their “mother’s long rants about feminism, the abuse of authority, government manipulation, and our Jerry Springer culture”. Living Things may have grown up a little bit since then, but their music is still as catchy and truthful as ever. And people are noticing. Their song “Bom Bom Bom” was even featured in a Cingular cellular phone commercial.
Expect some even better things from Living Things this year. They’re releasing a new EP featuring first single “Fake It Baby, Fake It (LA Dame Nature)”. This track alone should make you want the album. The whole concept of the single is hilarious and honest. The singer wants his girl back, but she’s with another guy. In order to win her back, he tells her that the sex is no good and she better come back to where it’s at. After that awesome track, she’d be an idiot not to come running back. SPIN
Now let’s hear it for another amazing local band: Incan Abraham. This psychedelic pop band is known for their experimentation with blending different noises and sounds together. Unlike other psych-pop bands, these guys have something unique. The combination of their beats and melodic stimulation will have the listener humming for hours. Before you know it, you’ll become addicted to their songs. But look at the bright side…it’s better than crack. COS
So lets recap:
1.) Every end is a new beginning
2.) Crack is whack
3.) Races/Living Things/Incan Abraham are playing at the Echo on March 30th.
If you remember these three things, you will find meaning to your life. So don’t screw it all up. Begin your path to a better life by getting your tickets for this AMAZING show! Let’s start this journey together.