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Red Racer

Blues-punk desert rock trio, fresh out of the actual desert... via South London.

What happens when two transplanted South London rockers arrive in the vast, strange emptiness of the California desert? For Red Racer frontman and songwriter John Hogg, an extended stay at the legendary Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree – the recording powerhouse for Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal and many others – was a major culture shock. Freshly inspired, he and musical partner Sean Genocky scrapped all their pre-prepared material and started from scratch.

“The atmosphere was much more potent than I imagined,” Hogg recalls. “You’re in the middle of this humming, deathly silence. Very alien to anything I’d ever experienced before. The environment seemed to demand that we completely abandon everything and start again. So we just ditched it all. We were there for two-and-a-half weeks and we ended up writing and recording this whole album. We just seemed to be driven by the silent energy of this strange place.”

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