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Hugo Race

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Melbourne-born multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer and songwriter Hugo Race is an eclectic and prolific artist who has lived and worked in the USA, UK, France, Germany and Italy since 1988. He was a founding member and powerful transient element of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds (1983), with whom he started working in the terminal stages of the legendary Birthday Party (he appears on five cds of the Seed’s catalogue). In Melbourne he founded the Wreckery (1985) who went on to become on of Australia’s seminal cult bands of the 80s, releasing with the White, Rampant, and Citadel labels.

Throughout the 90s, Hugo released a series of nine records under his own name with the Berlin-based musical collective True Spirit for the Normal and Glitterhouse labels, (Germany), culminating in the “Long Time Ago” double-cd retrospective released in 2001. The True Spirit has toured Europe repeatedly, performing on a vast trajectory from the UK to Greece and were literally one of the first western (let alone Australian) acts performing inside the ex- eastern bloc European territories. Recording in diverse situations and locations from Brussels to Bologna, the True Spirit have followed a personal musical vision in a series of mutating line-ups that have fused the boundaries between the “primal” (roots) blues and raw electronica - described by London Sounds as “night music of the soul”, and by Melody Maker as “industrial-trance-blues”.

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