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Auckland-based four piece, Racing, take rock and roll and inject it with a chemical haze so potent the listener is left both pleased and punished. Once likened to “the thoughts of a crocodile in flood season”, the band crafts a swirling sea of groove and hypnosis into rock anthems drenched in weird tropical dance music. Racing released their debut album 'Real Dancing' in 2019. They were subsequently nominated for Best Rock Artist at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Singles ‘Motel Pool’, ‘Run Wild’ and ‘Party Slow’ all reached number one on the rock music charts. In addition to radio exposure the band is also finding a home on the screen; ‘Misbehaving’ has featured on Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ multiple times while ‘Run Wild’ gained mass exposure on a ‘Long White Vodka’ TVC. Racing is made up of long-time collaborators Ed Knowles (vocals) and Sven Pettersen (guitar); two crucial parts to the colossus that was The Checks. The two time Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards winners (Best Rock Album) from Auckland, made their way into the pages of NME while sharing the stage with Oasis, REM, The Hives, AC/DC, The Killers and Muse on different tours. Knowles and Pettersen are joined by two other heavy hitters from the Kiwi Alternative scene - Daniel Barrett (Bass) formerly of Sherpa and Izaak Houston (Drums) formerly of Space Creeps. From selling out late night dive bars to now playing major festivals and opening for musical legends Liam Gallagher and Primal Scream, Racing are stepping onto the international music radar. Their 2020 release ‘Flashbacks’ has received international playlisting and is picking up steam on NZ radio. It is the first single from their second album due for release in late 2020.