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An Interview With Wade Ryff From RACES

To celebrate the release of Year Of The Witch, the debut album from QM favorites RACES, we took the time to ask lead singer, Wade Ryff, a few questions.  Check out the interview below and get a brief glimpse into the creation of this phenomenal record.

Be sure to catch the band at their release party, presented by Quit Mumbling, this Friday at The Echo!

Tickets are selling FAST  so be sure to grab them now and play it safe!

For more info, check out the Facebook event HERE.


Year Of The Witch is out, how does it feel!
It feels good that it’s finally out. We’ve been sitting on it for a while.

Tell us about that title – Year Of The Witch?
A majority of the songs were written during  a time when supernatural romantical lady powers were having a profound influence over me.

How long have you been working on these tracks?
Some of the songs like “Song of Birds” and “All for You” were written back in 2009 before we were even a band. Most of these songs have been around for a while at this point. “Lies” is the newest song on the album. In terms of the recording process, we didn’t start recording as a band in Spring of 2010 I think,  although most of the songs from those first sessions didn’t make the album. When we started recording we didn’t know we were making an album. We were just recording to have something to give out to people at shows.  It’s hard to say when exactly we decided to make an album.  I wanna say winter of 2010.


Does the album have any over-arching themes, or is it more of a collection of stories?
It’s definitely a bit of both, but I would be lying if I said there weren’t re-occuring themes and characters.

If the album is a lovechild of two influences (musically or anything else) what are they?
No Comment.

What song are you most excited for people to hear?
I like how “Big Broom” and “Lies” came out.

If you could have one artist cover one song on this album, who and what would it be and why?
I’d feel honored if anyone covered one of our songs.  At the same time, there is a laundry list of people that would be pretty amazing to hear cover one of our songs. In this moment, I’d say Antony Hegarty.


You’re embarking on a tour with NO (another phenomenal LA band) – put together your dream bill that you are a part of.
Patti Smith, The Shivers and Races.

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