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MP3 Tracer - Indigenous

A singular fusion of rhythmic intensity, dark, soaring melody, and incendiary energy.

5 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Emo, ROCK: Goth

"With enough funky muscle to make Thom Yorke do cartwheels, Tracer play Chi-style Brit-pop for people who don''t give a crap that the Queen Mother is dead."

---Peter Scholtes, City Pages (Minneapolis)

"Filtering the chimey Anglo-pop sound of U2 through the swirly atmospherics of, say, The Verve at their best, there''s simply nothing not to like on Tracer''s debut CD, Indigenous. The five songs are simply the best new blast of sound these ears have heard from an unsigned band in a long, long time. The drums are just first rate and hold their own on every track. With this awesome effort, Tracer has every right to assume the mantle of Chicago rock once held by the Pumpkins."

---David C. Eldredge, Illinois Entertainer

"Tracer truly astonishes with Indigenous, a five-track debut as adventurous as it is ambitious. ''It''s so dangerous,'' repeats vocalist Adam Lukas on the title track, and the sentiment holds. Every song here sounds like a threat. Even ''Headlights'' betrays a warm beginning to warn, ''Don''t look for me; I''ll look for you.'' Never before has stalker music been so lovely!

Indigenous is not unlike a favorite raincoat. However snug, its appeal relies on an atmosphere of bleakness. Anyone of a pensive mind and sick of saccharine music ought to investigate this."

---Todd Hunter, https://www.tradebit.com

"Tracer''s debut 5-song EP, indigenous, hearkens back to the golden age of shoegazing, when bands wanted to intimidate you and scrape your flesh off. Fellow Chicagoan guitar slinger Billy Corgan is advised to take notes."

---Chris Ramee, Cold Comfort

"I love this make. Dark, moody, big rumbling bass sound. Think Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, the Cure."

---Gary Savelson, editor/publisher, Demo Diaries

"A refreshing blast of Goth-pop."

---James VanOsdol, program director, 94.7 The Zone

"So strong is Tracer''s Brit-pop attack at the start of Indigenous that listeners will probably check the liner notes to see which side of the Atlantic they hail from. Turns out they''re not actually English, but from Chicago -- a revelation borne out by their later use of good old American rock.

In Bombs Awake, Lukas seems to be
saying something to the effect of ''We are, we are ... of the underground.''
Hopefully they''ll be able to make the tune fit with a past-tense verb,
because my prediction is that by next year, they''ll have to sing ''We were of the underground.'' News about these guys is likely to spread quickly."

---J. Berk, https://www.tradebit.com

"One of the most promising unsigned bands in Chicago, Tracer''s is a sound as rich and entrancing as a laser in a room full of smoke...this band creates music destined to do big things."

---Justin Sinkovich, https://www.tradebit.com

"Tracer take over the space in which they perform. They''ve got the right touch of the past (My Bloody Valentine, The Cure) and the perfect amount of the present (Interpol, Radiohead). Tracer''s music is somehow familiar yet sounds like nothing else."

---Chris Baronner, booking agent, Metro Chicago

"[Tracer is] an amazing band from Chicago. Bombastic drums with huge soaring guitars. . . Tracer create songs that are truly captivating. . . powerfully humid with emotion."

---Alternative Music with Chad Kempfert, https://www.tradebit.com

"I can''t help but wonder if Tracer got its name from the lingering visual effects of an acid trip. Their music is somehow other-wordly and ethereal. Tracer have found ... a fantastic middle ground between dream-pop and driving electro-rock. This band is going to go places, so catch them while you can."

---Katherine Raz, https://www.tradebit.com

"Tracer has quickly become a fixture of Chicago''s vibrant music scene. Their sound infuses elements of heavy Brit-pop and post-glam drone to form a dreamy landscape of aquafied organic machinery."


Formed in late 2000, Tracer''s singular fusion of rhythmic intensity, dark, soaring melody, and incendiary energy has quickly generated a cult following across the Midwest. The band''s electrifying live performances have garnered comparisons to Jane''s Addiction, Radiohead, and the Verve.

The EP "indigenous" was written, recorded, produced and released by Tracer.

Tracer is:

adam lukas, guitar and voice
andy moir, guitar
brian blades, bass
jesse hozeny, drums

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