Racetrack is a passionate mixture of big pop hooks, forceful rhythms, and beautiful noise. Since finalizing their lineup in 2003, Racetrack have been slowly building a following for their Superchunk meets Sleater-Kinney style of indie-pop, heavy on the feedback and rock outs.


One thing is for sure: you don't record with Chris Walla and do three national tours without A LOT of work.

Racetrack is a three piece power-pop band from Bellingham, WA. Meghan Kessinger (vocals, guitar) and Jackson Long (drums, vocals) started the band around 2000, went through a couple bass players and relocations across the northern United States, until they were both settled in Bellingham in early 2002. They then also settled upon Chris Rasmussen (bass, vocals) for their bass player.

In September of 2004, Racetrack released their first full length, "City Lights", on Seattle's Skrocki Records (Death Cab For Cutie, So Many Dynamos). It was recorded and mixed by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, who's other recording credits include Death Cab, the Decemberists, Hot Hot Heat, the Postal Service, the Velvet Teen, and the Thermals.

In three short years, Racetrack has done three national tours, two west coast tours, and have made numerous regional trips across the northwest. They've played with bands such as Built to Spill, Aqueduct, the Long Winters, the Posies, Harvey Danger, the Reputation (Lookout Records), Smoosh, Headphones (Pedro the Lion), the Prom (Barsuk Records), Palomar, Aveo (Barsuk Records), the Epoxies (Fat Wreck Chords), Mary Timony (Lookout/Matador Records), Carissa's Wierd (Band of Horses), and the Pale Pacific, and in the summer of 2005 they were handpicked for both the Capitol Hill Block Party and Harvey Danger's sold out cd release show at the Vera Project.

Currently, Racetrack are preparing material to record their second full length with Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, before heading out on their fourth nationwide tour in September 2006.


City Lights LP.
Released in 2004 on Skrocki Records (Death Cab For Cutie, So Many Dynamos). Recorded by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie.
Nationally supported with Revolver Distribution and Team Clermont radio promotion.

Distance EP.
Released in 2003 on West of January Records (Asahi, the Drama).

Frequent airplay on KEXP 90.3 (Seattle, WA): June 2003-present (including a live on-air performance and interview, May 2004).

Featured on 107.7 The End's Northwest Underground.

KUGS 89.3 (Bellingham, WA): Local Artist of the Year, 2004. Frequent airplay, May 2001-present (including live on-air performances with interview: January 2002, August 2002, August 2003, August 2004).

Set List

We generally play a 35 minute to 45 minute set, though we have played sets ranging from 20 minutes to an hour, and can be flexible.

Our current repetoire could include any material from our past releases and our new unreleased material. Frequent candidates include:

Don't Sit On The Pickets
Sortie [Come and Gone]
Sure Thing!
Legal Fees
One Step Forward
Sharpest Pencils
City Lights
The Way Things Are Here
Do Your Homework
Make You Smile (Dear Nora cover)