The Tracks
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Named for the forgotten trolley tracks that run like

veins throughout Los Angeles, the young rock band the

Tracks boldly play furious, fast music that flies in the

face of a genre seems to have lost its way.

 

Frontman Venancio Bermudez, bassist Felipe Contreras,

drummer Jaime Conde, and guitarist Johnny Santana

united over their  shared love of rock & roll and

are the latest act to  contribute to the rich history of

Chicano bands, playing  music that is  directly

influenced by their background growing up as  the

children of undocumented immigrants in East LA.

 

Their music recalls the defiant optimism of working

class bands that came before them and their sound

reminds us to  find  the joy in dancing to loud music as

the ultimate form of rebellion. The group’s ferocious

live set has seen them playing  everywhere from

backyard parties in Boyle Heights to opening for Hinds.

and they performed two songs live on camera in the TV

show I Love Dick from Transparent creator Jill Soloway,

which  premiered in Spring of 2017. Most recently, the

Tracks were featured alongside SZA in MasterCard’s

2018 Start Something Priceless campaign.

 

Caitlin White compared the band’s sonic pop punch to

the Strokes in her piece for Uproxx, and Maria Sherman

opened her Remezcla feature on the group with “Very

rarely does a band resonate so much that it feels like

a shift is happening.” The group received a lengthy

profile in LA Weekly from Jonny Coleman, and LA Times

music critic Randall Roberts wrote "the Tracks connect

the black-and-white past with a full-color, and furious,

present."

 

The Tracks’ most recent single “Hanging On“ was

premiered on NPR station KCRW and was featured on

lifestyle & culture sites Uproxx and Remezcla. The

band’s debut album is set to come out in

2018 and was produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast,

FIDLAR, Guards).