RACE YOU THERE

RACE YOU THERE

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"the songs from Acts of Treason are a conflation of bright sounds reminiscent of [Robert] Smith and Modest Mouse. Overall, the indie pop songs are exactly the anthems you want blasting behind your strut after any big achievement" - Kathleen Roosa, Daily Wildcat

Biography

It all started in that dusty old town to the south in a sandwich shop. And on Craigslist. And in an itty bitty, sweaty room in the back of a four-bedroom Tucson house. What would become Race You There started with roommates Andrew Axelrod and Alex Edwards. Edwards met drummer Steve Clayton and bassist Clarissa DuBose working at a sandwich shop in Tucson. Through Craigslist, the guys recruited local singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Acosta to form what eventually became the bi-city local favorite, Race You There. Their sound is difficult to pin down, but if they had to label their genre, they might call it shoegaze. They have a more appropriate way of describing it, though.

"It sounds like a coyote being eaten in the desert by a ...," Edwards fathoms.

"By a bear!," Axelrod adds. "I was going to say shark, but that wouldn't make sense."

In reality, the band's sound is much more pleasant. Acosta's sweet-sounding vocals mixed with his classical training and the rest of the band's self-taught grit sounds much more like a coyote and a bear having a relaxed, drunken pow-wow.

Last year, Race You There were Tempe Music Festival Garage Band Competition semi-finalists. Later that summer, Acosta won 1st place in the KWSS 106.7 MyStudio Challenge, earning the band considerable radio play. In the fall of 2009, the band opened for such national acts as Marcy Playground and the Plain White T's. In October they performed a live set on KXCI 91.3FM, one of Tucson's most prominent radio stations. Race You There was also runner-up for the 2009 Tucson Music Awards in the categories for "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Up and Coming Artist of the Year"

Jan 1, 2010 First music video for "Eastern Shore" released:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzPyHj9jGRM

Their first full length album, "Acts of Treason," was released Jan 29th @ Plush in Tucson, and Feb 5th @ Phoenix First Fridays. 50% of all sales at both CD Release shows were donated to the Red Cross Haitian Earthquake Fund, totaling $750 between the two shows.

You can find Race You There on these social networking sites:

www.myspace.com/raceyoutheremusic

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-You-There/31135448579?v=app_2344061033

http://twitter.com/raceyouthere
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Race You there is registered with SESAC as an official band and publishing company (Race You There Publishing)

Lyrics

Starcrossed

Written By: Race You There

Why'd the hell it take you, so long
To learn the words to this desperate song?
I won't let it go so easily
No I won't let it go so easily

Cause when I break, I'll take my time
Make sure the pieces, they land so clearly
And sometimes I find I forget the last line
To all the songs I haven't sung for you

Starcrossed love's now making their way to LA
But few are unforgiving as the golden state
And I won't let it go so easily
No I won't let it go so easily

Finger Like A Knife

Written By: Race You There

I will hurt you,
I will break your heart
I will cut you,
I will rip your
mind apart

But you will love me, anyway
You will love me, anyway

You have hurt me,
You have broken this heart.
You have cut me,
You have ripped
my world apart

But I will love you, anyway
I will love you, anyway

You shouldn't believe that I am what I say,
I told you to run, but
you won't go away
There's pain for you here,
I'm just not ready to
change

What have I become?
Lost who I once was.
Why am I still holding on?

Eastern Shore

Written By: Race You There

Is it true?
Is it possible?
That something in this life has happened for me?
Am I here?
Am I convinceable?
I can't believe this is real,
it must be a dream.

I didn't plan, to take this direction.
But I'm so self-assured, so self-assured.
Can I share personal passions?
Like a soldier on the front line of war.

Can I force a resistance to the things that I have wanted all along?
Can I pause my existence,
open up my eyes and feel the burning sun?

Is it cold when I'm reasonable?
That something in this life I won't ignore?
Am I bold?
Is this believable?
Should I play this song to you at your front door?

I didn't plan this complication,
but I'm so self-absorbed, so self-absorbed.
Letting my thoughts collide with my feelings, like a hurricane that smashes the Eastern Shore.

Can I force a resistance to the things that I have wanted all along?
Can I pause my existence, open up my eyes and feel the burning sun?

Is it true, is it possible?

Street Preacher

Written By: Race You There

What if the words of philosophers that we took as law, were just faux-pas?

What if we twisted their words into paragraphs, pretentious paragraphs?

So we could make this a bit more comprehensible, a bit more tolerable.
So we could make this a bit more comprehensible, a bit more tolerable.
Perhaps enlightenment sits beneath the lower deck.
Or is it East London Earl Gray, or is it East London Earl Gray?

Dragging out, getting stale, either way this ship will tip, yes it will tip on this trip.
And now instead of splintered mahogany its a blood bath of uncertainty.
Oh it's a bloodbath of uncertainty.

Or is it wrinkled programmed skin, this anagram of sink?
Or is it wrinkled programmed skin, this anagram of sink?

Perhaps enlightenment sits beneath the lower deck.
Or is it East London Earl Gray, or is it East London Earl Gray?

Phonebooth

Written By: Race You There

The snapshots are getting grayer by the year.
And you can't explain it, it's a flurry of words on the tip of your tongue.
I know that if you could, you'd give me some imagery.

Standing in a phonebooth, or a photobooth depending on the company.
In a phone booth, I'd call you and tell you what you mean to me.
In a photo, our moods will be locked away forever.

I'm in a $2 portrait, locked inside looking out.
I told you what I'm waiting for, depending on your company.
These glass walls, I see you in them...black mirrors of our faces.
That's what you mean to me, that's what you mean to me.

Standing in a phonebooth, or a photobooth depending on the company.
In a phone booth, I'd call you and tell you what you mean to me.
In a photo, our moods will be locked away forever.

Discography

4-song EP. (Released in May of 2008.)

1. Why are you so distracting?
2. Starcrossed
3. Phonebooth
4. I'm a little skewed

"Acts of Treason" (First full length, released Jan 2010.)

1. Eastern Shore
2. Why are you so distracting?
3. Starcrossed
4. Walking Dead
5. Scrapbook
6. Street Preacher
7. Phonebooth
8. Finger Like A Knife
9. Eastern Shore (Acoustic)

RYT has been played on:

"The Blaze" 1260AM ASU's college radio
"AZ OVERLOAD"-Arizona internet radio
"KXCI"- 91.3FM Tucson Local Music
"KAMP" 1570 AM-University of Arizona's college radio
"KWSS" 106.3FM Scottsdale, AZ

Set List

RYT writes 100% original material and enough of it to play any venue.

Current songs from the album are:
Eastern Shore
Why Are You So Distracting?
Starcrossed
Walking Dead
Scrapbook
Street Preacher
Phonebooth
Finger Like A Knife
Eastern Shore (Acoustic)

Other songs:
-Screening Room (tentative title)
-Somewhere in the black and white (tentative title)
-Energy (tentative title)
-Statuesque
-Dear Anthony
-Several other untitled tracks

Most of the songs have an alternate acoustic version as well, to mix things up.