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Tracer AMC are an Irish post-rock band formed in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1999. The band consists of:
Jonny Ashe (Guitar)
Alex Donald (Bass)
Michael Kinloch (Guitar)
Keith Winter (Drums)
Formed in Bangor in 1999 by schoolfriends Jonny Ashe and Alex Donald, and joined quickly by Keith Winter, releasing their first single "A Song for Amber and Red" on We Love Records. The band's style of music is definitively post rock that contains mixes of rock. Stuart Bailie of NME once said: the music sounds holy and true.
Tracer AMC gained moderate popularity throughout 2000 and 2001 when their double A-side 7" single, limited to 500 copies and now sold out, was played occasionally by John Peel. In 2002 Tracer recorded a follow up, another 7" single called the Pelican E.P. It was released by Errol Records, and was reviewed favourably by Drowned in Sound ("magical") and Record Collector ("brilliant"). One of the b-sides, Elmwood Avenue, went on to feature on a number of compilation albums, including the annual Belfest CD (2002) and collections by Liberty Blue (2003) and Ballroom of Romance (2003). In the same year, they recruited Michael Kinloch (formerly of Antrim band Mushpuppies) as a second guitarist.
The band have recorded two sessions for the BBC. In 2003, for Across the Line on Radio Ulster they recorded Flux & Form, Nineteen, Don't Be Soft, and a cover of The Shadows' "Apache" (retitled "I'm an Apache, You're an Aeroplane, I Don't Think We Stand A Chance"). The first three were released on Flux & Form, with Don't Be Soft renamed Copenhagen. The next year, for Radio 1's Session in Northern Ireland, they recorded Flux & Form, Some Electric, The Russian Threat, and a cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain's Just Like Honey. The last two were notable for being the first time Tracer had recorded vocals, with Michael singing both. The Russian Threat was later released on the In Rivers 12" E.P.
In 2004, Tracer AMC released their first album, Flux & Form, launching the album at a gig in Auntie Annie's, Belfast, able to have been heard as far away as Pizza Hut on the Dublin Road. Another co-release with Errol Records, prestigious indie gospel The Wire said of Flux & Form "the group an impressive mastery of the epic." Tracer AMC enjoy a cult (which is to say, small) following throughout Northern Ireland.
In June 2005 Tracer released a 12" E.P., featuring new tracks In Rivers and The Russian Threat, and two acoustic version of Blue Thread (from Flux & Form). This was followed in late 2005 by the band's second full length collection, Islands. It was quickly picked up by Thomason Sounds, and re-packaged and re-released in Japan. It went on to sell significantly more copies there than in the UK, and they toured Japan with label mates Miaou in late 2006, playing to a full house in Shibuya's famous O-Nest.
Tracer AMC are currently working on new material for a third album planned for release sometime around 2007/2008.
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