Ace City Racers’ double A-side "Different Angle/Wilko" – a collaboration with artist and musician Danny Saunders. This special release on a limited edition, 7 “ vinyl was produced by Sam Smith at Green Door Studios (The Amazing Snakeheads, Casual Sex), featuring lyrics and guest vocals from Domino Records artist Saunders (Correcto) and was debuted at Jim Lambie’s legendary Poetry Club.
Originally commissioned by Patricia Fleming Projects for DISCORDIA, a part of Generation and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme celebrating the last 25 years of visual art in Scotland. Ace City Racers specialise in jangular, short, sharp, sexy pop songs. Discovered by Stephen Street and, they recorded and released their first single “Waiting" via Fred Perry and Alcopop Records.
Since then the band have put on a series of guerrilla art gigs at unusual locations and have picked up a few admirers along the way including Johnny Marr. The past few months have seen Ace City Racers play storming sets at the Poetry Club and Indietracks festival.
The single is a taster from the bands forthcoming debut album "Take It, It’s Yours”.
“Sounds like Roxy migrated to London to hang with Soft Boys and Blur. No bad thing I say!” – Johnny Marr, The Smiths
“These Glasgow chaps come in like early Blur with an 80s jerk pop edge and nice crunchy guitar lines.” – Gill Mills, NME Radio
“The future of intelligent pop music.” – Evening Times
“Ace City Racers... retain a rugged edge and a penchant for all things raw. This new 7" single, Different Angle, is dedicated to the audio-visual triumphs of that place that's just a little cooler than Yorkshire: Scotland.” – Norman Records
“Ace City Racers woke everyone up and were in no mood to pander to the hung-over amongst the crowd... they sped through a set of punky tunes – a great way to start any Saturday.” – Buzzin Music.
“Capricornia” is the first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin’ entitled Europe.
Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris’ songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, and while the upcoming album may have a more sombre feel to it “Capricornia” shows that they’ve lost none of their ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. And for those of you wondering exactly what Capricornia is all about, Elizabeth explains:
“Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown.
There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It’s a beautiful place.
Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between A New England by Kirsty Macoll and Cattle and Cane by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.”
Probably the only disco song in the world to feature ukulele and lap steel, “Dreaming” is a melancholy toe-tapper of a duet with Monster Bobby of The Pipettes, who turned in a guest vocal so bass-worryingly low that he lost a filling.
A paean to going out dancing and falling in love in a cold climate it’ll make you almost nostalgic for the sub-Arctic conditions of the last British winter.
Flip it over and B-side You Still Send Me is a total heartbreaker, recorded absolutely live in the studio, vocals and all, with every breath and creak audible.
Written while visiting her parents on the Queensland Coast “If Loneliness Was Art” captures some of that Australian sea air with its laidback reggae-ish beach vibe and summery “Sha-la-la-la-las”.
Listen carefully though and you’ll hear that the carefree disposition of the song masks a quiet despair and longing in the lyrics. As Elizabeth herself says, “It's about wanting somebody. Really really badly.”Even if the British weather fails to cooperate, “If Loneliness Was Art” is going to bring a slice of Aussie pop sunshine to proceedings.
Tracklisting: 1. If Loneliness Was Art 2. Girlfriend