|The Race are headlining|
The album is out, the single is on its way and so it's high time we catch up with The Race again, who take their name so literally we're forever watching them shoot off in a blinding puff of dust, Road Runner style.
Jess del Rio, the band's statuesque guitarist who somehow had time to bake a huge cake for Josaka's eighth birthday bash (which the band headlined), explains what forthcoming single Comfort Comfort is all about:
"We're a bit of a DIY band", she says, explaining that the band don't take anything for granted and that it's something of a mission statement for the band to just "get on with it" and be motivated.
Though you'd be hard-pressed to cull that meaning from the accompanying video, which has frontman Dan sitting in a room while people in white suits bring in furniture and attack him.
|"We had beer and cake!"|
|Jess reveals why their Maida Vale session had such a party atmosphere!|
The people in the white suits are, in fact, the other four band members. According to Jess the video represents how people try to maintain order but situations overcome them.
And it looked like good fun to shoot. After all, who doesn't enjoy the opportunity to take playful knocks at a friend?
And despite one shoot where Jess knees Dan in the guts and another in which she breaks a chair over his back, there were no major injuries. Apparently Dan's a bit of a rugby player so he can take a few knocks.
He was certainly well enough to play a Radio One session at the legendary Maida Vale studios, a fantastic achievement for them. "It was a lovely atmosphere," Jess recalls, "it went smoothly and everyone was friendly and professional". And despite feeling exhausted from nerves, unsurprisingly she's definitely up for doing it all again should the opportunity re-arise.
A quick listen to the Maida Vale sessions, which is posted on their MySpace site (www.myspace.com/raceuk), and it's evident some kind of party is going on in the studio - it was for their label Shifty Disco's tenth birthday after all. "We had beer and cake!" Jess explains, a winning combination the band are fond of.
If you missed their storming set for Josaka's eighth birthday bash at South Street Arts Centre then you can catch them at several in-store shows at FOPP music shops around the country from Monday 19 March.
It's a bit of a tradition for them to play at Reading FOPP and this year they're playing in seven FOPP stores, a sign of their growing success.
And it's high time too. The Race have toured with bands including The Cooper Temple Clause, The Zutons, Babyshambles, Morning Runner, Supergrass, Fun Loving Criminals, The View, and The Others, who Jess says are one of their favourites.
They've also played at the Reading Festival - after winning BBC Radio Berkshire's The Session demo search competition, but the band are keen to play Glastonbury. So there could be even more exciting times ahead for The Race.
But away from the rock star life, Jess says working at schools, hospitals and Reading University during the day pays the bills for the band members.
Hopefully it won't be too long until we can say: 'do' give up the day jobs!