NYC. garage rockers without garages. surf rockers who can't swim
2014 saw New York City’s Little Racer debut on PaperCup Music with the infectious Modern Accent EP – six tracks consummating west coast vibes with ‘80s Brit warble and trash, all wrapped in charming melodies reminiscent of pop’s golden era It transported their growing audience to a beachside bungalow, where Noisey declared Little Racer the house band, with “surf – disco drums”, and a vibe “like Brian Wilson, but sexier.” The record made its mark on tastemakers throughout the year – BrooklynVegan, PAPER, Paste, SPIN, FILTER, CMJ, as well as radio stations including BBC 6 Music, WFUV, and a placement on KEXP’s “Song of the Day” podcast. Dubbed both new and nostalgic, the band hailed comparisons between New Order,The Pixies, Modern Lovers, Surfer Blood and Wild Nothing.
They spent the months to follow cutting their teeth in New York’s club-circuit, sharing the stages of the Bowery Ballroom, Baby’s All Right, and Mercury Lounge, with the likes of Bear’s Den, Cheatahs, Drowners, and THUMPERS. The band caught the attending of Paste during the CMJ Music Marathon, where they witness the band, “bang out fun, sweaty, sun-drenched beach-rock that amped up the crowd.”
Taking all that noise and sweat on the road, the band headed down the East Coast on tour this March, hitting the Savannah Stopover Festival, where CMJ caught their set calling it, “UK-inspired guitar pop with enough energy to get you to shake off that hangover and start dancing.”
After recording a live session for KEXP at the Cutting Room studio in Manhattan, the studio’s engineers invited Little Racer in to record. This second effort, a breezy four-song EP entitled Foreign Tongues, will arrive on PaperCup Music on June 16 – a crisp snapshot of what’s been ringing between bandmates Elliot Michaud, Ish Nazmi and Wade Michael. Continuing with shimmering guitars, playful lyrics, and driving rhythms, Foreign Tongues is a document of a few friends carving out their place in the madness of indie rock.