The Racer - Collections [EP]

Mint 400

“One of my favorite things in life is finding a new band to obsess over. A band to tell my friends about, a band to write about, a band to pull for, a band to hope for, a band to stalk, a band to suggest to people who ask me what I’ve been listening to lately. Over the past few weeks, when I haven’t been listening to either Sigur Ros live in concert or absolutely nothing (silence is golden bro), I’ve been gradually dosing myself with day long sessions purely dedicated to The Racer.” – | Joel Frieders – Bandcamp Artist of The Week

“Their sound harkens back to some earlier Snow Patrol, so fans of their music, along with Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, The National, Death Cab for Cutie, and Frightened Rabbit will surely love their vibe.”–

“A towering, balladesque melody driven by enraptured orchestration and goosebumps vocals, turns crescendo into captivating epicness that touches heart and soul. Wonderful!” – Turn Up The Volume

The Racer (Mint 400 Records) is an indie/electronic/alt rock band from New York’s Hudson Valley consisting of Pete Marotta, Mike Esserman, and Eric SoslerThe Racer, now self produced, has been experimenting using the studio as an instrument to explore new sounds and techniques, and continuing their pursuit to grow as artists. Guided and inspired by the expertise of their past producers Mike Kalajian and Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra), The Racer has never been more prolific and creative as songwriters.

Over the years, the three piece have taken great pride in putting on unforgettable performances as they have graced the stages of festivals such as Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Austin’s SXSW.  They’ve played everywhere from the Whisky a Go Go (LA)  to The Mercury Lounge (NYC) and have opened up for bands such as Matt and Kim, Say Anything, and Collective Soul. The Racer also takes great pride in their ability to create cinematic music that has secured licensing deals and placements on MTV, CBS, and a host of television commercials.

“Collections” is a group of songs that were written over the last few years but never found a home on any of The Racer’s previous albums as they were each made in their own particular style guided by individual band members. Each song represents a slightly different version of the band based on when it was written along with the fact that each member can pull in different artistic directions from time to time. Rather than never have these songs see the light of day, or put them out as singles, The Racer has decided to group them together as a document of the journey they have been on over the past few years as both artists and friends as they prepare to record their next studio album with a shared vision.


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