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El Pistolero is the new album from Sheffield bound Australian rock trio Tracer - watch the title tack and win a CD, writes Graham Walker.

The album is out on Monday, May 6, 2013.

Tracer: Australian rock trio announce UK tour dates 2013.

Tracer: Australian rock trio announce UK tour dates 2013.

Tracer will promote it on a UK tour, which kicks off at The Plug in Sheffield, on Saturday, June 8

To celebrate the city date and new release, we have two copies of their El Pistolero album to be won. See below how to enter our free draw.

Tickets for The Plug - the band sold out the Sheffield venue last year - are £12.

Buy in person at the box office, in Matilda Street, Sheffield. You can also call 0114 2413040 or visit

El Pistolero: New Tracer album out Monday, May 6.

El Pistolero: New Tracer album out Monday, May 6.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the band’s new title track music video for El Pistolero, inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s film Desperado.

The hard-rocking young three-piece were voted Best New Band at the recent Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Their second full-length album, El Pistolero is a high-energy mix of stoner anthems, biker attitude and classic no-holds-barred rock’n’roll - hot, loud and sweaty.

Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) is set to make Tracer the band that everyone will be talking about in 2013.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

Founding members Michael Brown (vocals and guitar) and Dre Wise (drums) believe Tracer are perfectly poised to rise to a new level with a revamped line-up, including new bassist Jett Heysen-Hicks.

Michael said: “The songwriting has gone up a peg or two. The songs have taken on a life of their own. Kevin really got the most out of them. He got us doing things we would never have thought of doing and because of that they’ve stepped into a new realm.

“I think this album will really define what Tracer is about, and why we’re different to everyone else.”

Tracer have been compared with top-drawer rockers the likes of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Kyuss.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

El Pistolero sees them forging more of their own identity – not that the band mind the kind words.

Michael added: “Those are bands I love so I don’t mind, it’s obviously a compliment. I mean, if people said we sounded like Justin Bieber I’d be pretty pissed off – but I don’t think that’s going to happen!”

Certainly not now that the band and Kevin Shirley have found a way to harness the hurricane of Tracer’s much-lauded live show in the studio for the first time.

Dre said: “People come to see us live and they get something else. They can notice the hard work we’re putting in. We’ve always had the comment that; ‘It’s a lot of noise for three people to be making’ and it’s no accident.”

Now, for the first time, “something else” has been captured in the studio. El Pistolero is an awesome statement of raw power made all the stronger for being made super quickly – with the basic tracks recorded in just seven days at Revolver Studios in LA – underlining the band’s no-nonsense work ethic.

Some songs on El Pistolero – Michael isn’t revealing which ones – were inspired by the Robert Rodriguez film Desperado (“It’s a bit like what we do – it’s loud and in your face!”) but all of them are now ready to be road-tested.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

Tracer: Australian rock trio.

“I tell you what,” concludes Michael, “we can’t wait to get out there on the stage and play these new songs. They’re going to be epic!”


The band will play six UK dates next month, starting at The Plug in Sheffield on Saturday, June 8, ending with an appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival, on Sunday, June 16.

Other venues are London Scala, Monday, June 10; Bristol Tunnels, Wednesday, June 12; York Fibbers, Thursday, June 13 and Glasgow O2 ABC, Friday June 14.

For more tour and ticket details visit or call the 24 Hour Box Office on 0844 478 0898

LINKS: For more on Tracer like their Facebook page at, follow them on Twitter at @Tracerband or visit their official web site at


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By Twitter, simply follow The Star’s digital editor Graham Walker @GW1962 then tweet him with #StarCompT.

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