REVISED AGAIN AUS Bio Tracer El Pistolero

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Australia has form when it comes to producing great rock music.
ACDC, Cold Chisel, The Divinyls, Rose Tattoo, Beasts of Bourbon, The Scientists, Bored, The Mark of Cain, Magic
Dirt, Silverchair, Jet, Birds of Tokyo, Wolfmother and Airbourne are just a few of the bands who have led and
continue to lead the way, both locally and internationally today.
Tracer are hoping to earn their spot on that list soon.
The three-piece Tracer have come a long way since forming in Adelaide just under 10 years ago. They made
two independent mini albums (the 3 track Into The Night in 2006, and the 7 track L.A.? in 2009), but their
debut proper came with Spaces In Between released on Europe’s Mascot Label Group in late 2011.
The debut LP more than hinted at Tracer’s potential. The album was widely praised and three European tours
in support of it saw Tracer named the Best New Band at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards.
Now with their second full-length album El Pistolero that potential is fulfilled. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led
Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) the record is on target to make Tracer the band that
everyone is talking about in 2013.
Having revamped the line-up with new bassist Jett Heysen-Hicks – a long-time friend from Adelaide – founding
members Michael Brown (vocals and guitar) and Dre Wise (drums) believe Tracer are perfectly poised to rise
to a new level.
Michael: “The songwriting has gone up a peg or two... the songs have taken on a life of their own which is what
we're after. Kevin really got the most out of them. He got us doing things we would never have thought of
doing and because of that they've stepped into a new realm. I think this album will really define what Tracer is
about and why we're different to everyone else.”
The differences are clear throughout El Pistolero – a high-energy mix of stoner anthems, biker attitude and
classic power trio rock... But Tracer are no retro act: from the title track to Scream In Silence, from There's A
Man, through Dirty Little Secret and beyond with Ladykiller this is the sound of a 21st century band making
their best album to date. It's a high-energy collection of no-holds-barred rock’n’roll just as it was meant to be:
hot, loud and sweaty.
In the past Tracer have been compared with top-drawer outfits Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Pearl
Jam, Foo Fighters, Kyuss etc. El Pistolero sees them forging more of their own identity – not that the band
mind the kind words.
Michael: “Those are bands I love so I don't mind, it's obviously a compliment. I mean, if people said we
sounded like Justin Bieber I’d be pretty pissed off – but I don’t think that's going to happen!”
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Certainly not now that the band and Kevin Shirley have found a way to harness the hurricane of Tracer's muchlauded live show in the studio for the first time.
Dre: “People come to see us live and they get something else. They can notice the hard work we're putting in.
We've always had the comment that; 'It's a lot of noise for three people to be making’ and it's no accident.”
Now for the first time that “something else” has been captured in the studio. El Pistolero is an awesome
statement of raw power made all the stronger for being made super quickly – with the basic tracks recorded in
just seven days at Revolver Studios in LA – underlining the band's no-nonsense work ethic.
Some songs on El Pistolero – Michael isn't revealing which ones – were inspired by the Robert Rodriguez film
Desperado (“It's a bit like what we do – it's loud and in your face!”) but all of them are now ready to be roadtested.
Michael: “I tell you what... we can't wait to get out there on the stage and play these new songs. They're going
to be epic!”
Tracer returns home to celebrate the Australian release of El Pistolero and will be joining another of the great
Australian rock bands, The Angels, on the road for a number of shows in July and August.
Please check website for tour dates.
Track listing:
El Pistolero
Lady Killer
Dirty Little Secret
Dead Garden
Ballad of El Pistolero
Santa Cecilia
Wolf in Cheap Clothes
Scream in Silence
Manic For Ya
There’s a Man
Until The War is Won
Now I Ride
Australian release date: 5 July 2013 through Mascot / Warner
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