The Racer, The Climactics

The Racer, an independent band from New York’s Hudson Valley consisting of Pete Marotta, Mike Esserman, and Eric Sosler, has recently been undergoing transformations in musical style from rock to alternative to indie and to experimental over their last multiple "single track" releases. The band is under no obligation to any one method of releasing music, but expects to continuously put out self-produced tracks directly to fans for the foreseeable future, not limiting themselves to any one set project.

Even though the The Racer has always preferred to keep as much of their operation “in-house” as possible, the mission of self-producing their own music didn’t begin in earnest until after the 2016 release of their Kickstarter-funded third LP GIANT, produced by Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra). Throughout the promotion of GIANT, the band began experimenting with using the studio as an instrument, exploring new sounds and techniques, and growing more musically mature. Guided and inspired by the expertise of their past producers Mike Kalajian and Dan Hannon, proficiency came surprisingly quick, and the results are a breath of fresh air to the members of the band - the realization of a DIY dream many years in the making.

The Racer's independent catalog also consists of 2010’s Strangers We’ll Become and 2013’s Passengers and they’ve graced the stage at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Austin's SXSW, and Albany’s MOVE Music Fest. They’ve played everywhere from Whisky a Go Go and The Key Club to The Mercury Lounge and The Knitting Factory, opening up for bands such as Matt and Kim, The Spill Canvas, Say Anything, and Collective Soul. And they’ve secured licensing deals that have garnered placements on MTV, CBS, and a host of television commercials.

The Climactics are a Brooklyn-based quintet with a truly eclectic sound. Equally influenced by soul, garage rock, power pop, punk, and modern indie rock, they fuse stylings of times past with a contemporary edge. With their high-octane live shows, The Climactics will take you on a rollicking ride that evades classification. They have played all around New York, and have a debut EP coming this spring.



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