The band The Racing Pulses is a trio comprised of singer-songwriter Kristian Iliev (guitar) Mathieu Evans (drums) and Pierce McVeigh (bass) and they recently released a self-titled three song EP The Racing Pulses. It’s a fairly straightforward rock/pop album that delivers accessible songs, which don't require a whole lot of explanation. Don’t confuse my previous statement with thinking that the material isn’t worth your time. There’s nothing wrong with a pop song without a whole lot of gimmicks and tricks as long as it’s well written. The same thing can be said about The Strokes, Blur and The Arctic Monkeys all of which happen to be stellar bands.
The Racing Pulses kick off the EP with a solid, catchy tune called entitled “Mrs. Supernova,” which will inarguably get stuck in your head. The song sounds like a cousin to “Song 2” from Blur. The main riff will draw comparisons but Iliev isn’t quite as dynamic or intense as Damon Albarn is. Iliev has a relaxed cool about him that makes it seems like he doesn't have a worry in the world. That being said, I did kind of want to hear him belt it out.
“Surreal” is another solid showing from the band. The bass playing is particularly well done as the drums hold a steady beat and the main guitar riff revolves around simple but effective chords. Iliev’s lyrics are thoughtful and self-reflective. He sings, “alone in the night/lying awake/try to explain all of this pain/empty spaces in my mind.”
The EP closes with “Mermaid,” which is an upbeat song that is another testament to the band’s ability to write a catchy tune.
The Racing Pulses EP is a decent showing but it feels rather light. It doesn't eclipse nine minutes hence it’s rather hard to really sink your teeth into the band’s abilities. I hope to hear a full length that shows a bit more versatility from the band.
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