Tracer AMC
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Feb
13
Tracer AMC @ The Limelight

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Sep
10
Tracer AMC @ Lavery's

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Aug
24
Tracer AMC @ Catalyst Arts Centre

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Belfast, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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Music

Press


Make no mistake, these aren’t easy songs. You won’t find a short and sweet chunk of rugged no-questions-asked math rock anywhere on Islands. But what the album loses out on in terms of pop sensibilities it gains ten times over from the brilliantly delivered lush complexity.

When opener Paper Machete starts throwing its weight around a mere minute and a half in, a journey through a haunting and capricious terrain ensues. But rather than being swallowed up and lost at sea by the ambition that drenches Tracer AMC’s song structures, Jonny Ashe and Michael Kinloch grapple deftly with the underlying premises, and they deal effortlessly with the challenges posed by the melodic lament of Concorde, the understated brooding of Song for V or the whispered Willow Drive Hoboken which is gently nudged into place. The energy harnessed behind Indiscopia almost makes you want to get up and dance, which is more than a little surprising for such chin-stroking instrumentalists like Tracer AMC.

Islands is every bit as good as their excellent debut Flux and Form, and then some. A lot of people don’t like post rock, in which case Islands probably won’t be the album that will convert them. It’s a much too subtle, complex and brilliant record to attract the casual listener. For the instrumental guitar freaks among us though, Islands is probably the must-have record of the year. - Eclectic Honey


The debut album from Belfast quartet Tracer AMC is a bridge between sinuous Slint and limpid Television-style guitar rock. Eschewing extremities of volume and experimentation, Tracer AMC opt for a smooth approach, with subtle changes in mood and tempo, enabling them to shift between the aggressive, anthemic and contemplative while maintaining a compulsive momentum. This instrumental music’s grace and strength are most powerfully evident on tracks like the swirling opener “Some Electric”, and the cooly expressive “Catherine Holly” and “Nineteen”, which grow from the chiming interplay of twin guitars to strident peaks of catharis, with the group displaying an impressive mastery of the epic. - The Wire


[Tracer AMC] show the hometown crowd how they’ve won Tokyo’s hearts. Immediately more developed and daring, they skip through movements in four songs that need no lyrics to augment an accomplished grace. - Kerrang!


Discography

2005
Islands (welove005)
10 track album on We Love Records

In Rivers e.p.
4 track 12 inch released on We Love Records.

2003
Flux & Form (welove003)
11 track debut album released as a split between We Love Records and Errol Records.

2002
Pelican e.p.
3 track 7 inch single released on Errol Records

2001
Song for Amber and Red / A Satellite Wish
2 track 7 inch single released on We Love Records

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Bio

One of the most innovative and distinctive rock bands in the world today, Ireland's Tracer AMC have built a fearsome live reputation in their eight year history.
Their second album, Islands was released in 2005 on their own We Love Records label, and was quickly picked up by Tokyo’s Thomason Sounds. It received much favourable coverage in the Japanese media, which led to a successful 9 date tour of Japan in late 2006 with labelmates Miaou.

With limited press or promotion, Tracer AMC have gained a large worldwide audience – with over 60,000 plays on last.fm they have one of the biggest international fanbases of any Irish band today.

The band’s first album, Flux & Form, received a very favourable review in The Wire (see Press), and the band were chosen to support Fugazi on their first visit to Northern Ireland after recording two sessions for the BBC.

Earlier this year Kerrang magazine said in a live review :
"[Tracer AMC] show the hometown crowd how they’ve won Tokyo’s hearts. Immediately more developed and daring, they skip through movements in four songs that need no lyrics to augment an accomplished grace."

They are currently working on a third album, which is due in spring 2008.

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