Recognized by fans worldwide, The Racing Pulses have been filling festival grounds and venues since 2012 with their catchy and intelligent rock music. A well-received EP in 2014 and news of electrifying performances rapidly lead to interest from prominent venues and festivals across the United States, including Maxwell’s in New Jersey and Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world.
In 2017, The Racing Pulses released their debut album, Nothing to Write Home About, to popular and critical acclaim. It made an impact across North America, peaking at #15 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, #43 on the Independent albums chart, and #1 on the East North Central chart. Sirius XM’s Underground Garage took notice, with legendary musician and radio host Genya Ravan including the album’s opening track “King or Pawn?” on her program.
The summer of 2018 brought international exposure as a two-month tour in Bulgaria captivated the media. Highlights of the tour included a Sofar Sounds session in capital city Sofia, a show at the Varna Sea Garden, and a performance in front of hundreds, including dignitaries, at the 125th Jubilee of Pirdop by the 6th – century Elenska Basilica with folk star Tsvetelina. Returning to the U.S. in the fall, The Racing Pulses continued touring working on new music.
Today, The Racing Pulses have returned with their first release since 2017 – an anthemic single devoted to Wisconsin’s new professional outdoor soccer club, Forward Madison FC. Listen to “Go, Forward!” below.
“I grew up watching Manchester United because there was no team around me I really identified with. As soon as I heard about Forward Madison FC, I wanted to write a song. This club has a great philosophy and brand, already working hard to involve, excite, and enrich the community. This is why we collaborated with talent based in the city, too.” the band’s frontman, Kristian Iliev, said. “We recorded at Paradyme Productions with local engineer Yeekeng Yang, and the artwork for the song was designed with the help of an influential illustrator from the area, Dan Fransee.”
Iliev’s father was a successful soccer coach for many years, and his whole family enjoys watching matches. Drummer Mike Newby also appreciates the sport, tuning in especially during World Cup years.
Both club leaders and members of the supporters’ groups expressed enthusiasm upon hearing early demos of the track. “Their approval was important to us, and we hope fans enjoy singing the song as much as we enjoyed writing and recording it.” concluded Iliev.
The Racing Pulses are planning to release more music in the coming months, and they also have some big concerts to rehearse for. In May they will take the stage at Brat Fest, where the lineup this year includes Steven Adler of Guns N Roses, country star Randy Houser, and alternative rockers Smash Mouth.