By Amanda DK

Los Angeles band RACES has been blowing up on the local scene over the past few months. Pun intended. They dropped their debut EP of only three songs in November, managing to grow a rabid fanbase (and deal with Frenchkiss Records) based largely on a dynamic and compelling live performance and insistent buzz. And buzz well-deserved. While the songs are polished and rich (with six members, you are expected to make a lot of noise, and they do) the co-ed indie rockers really sell it on stage, filling whatever space they play to the brim with riffs and harmonies.

Having conquered the west coast, next up for RACES will be a series of parties and showcases at SXSW, bookended by tours with fellow SoCal buzz bands Gardens & Villa (Santa Barbara) and NO (Los Angeles), as well as appearances with The Mountain Goats and Chairlift.

While their debut album, Year Of The Witch will officially hit stores near you on March 27th, you can stream it on their Bandcamp page. Los Angeles residents can celebrate with the band at the Echo for their release show on March 30.

And how many of you knew that bassist Oliver Hild is actually a music supervisor for NBC? He music supervised Royal Pains, Suits and In Plain Sight (to name a few) and did music licensing for Friday Night Lights. Oliver helped his department win the award for Best Music Supervision for Studio Television by The Guild of Music Supervisors over Grammy weekend. Now that is talent.

RACES “Big Broom” (Robert Delong Remix)

RACES “Big Broom” Video (Premiered on Rolling Stone)