It’s been a little over two years since East L.A. foursome the Tracks released their debut album “Treasured Memories,” a bold collection of stories about the immigrant experience as filtered through the sounds of the 2000s garage-rock revival.
They return today with the new single “You People,” a song that channels first-wave punk in all its guitartastic fury, with frontman Venancio Bermudez doing his best Stooges-era Iggy in an invective against racism that has left people of color “afraid to stand up.” No more, the song decides.
“‘You People’ is a call-out against those who oppress people of color,” the band says. “Struggling to wake up in the morning because you find yourself working for a system working against you. It’s about our brothers and sisters of color who keep their heads down and their mouths shut to survive in America. It’s also about accepting my own fears and not letting them control me. They’re afraid we want it all, because we want free education, health care, body autonomy and the right to love who we choose. It’s time to stand tall and demand it. We’re not backing down.”
Like the Tracks’ debut album, the band — Bermudez, along with bassist Felipe Contreras, drummer Jimmy Conde and guitarist Johnny Santana — made the song with producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Guards, Fool’s Gold, Valley Queen, Happy Hollows, among others). It’s the first step toward the Tracks’ sophomore album.
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