The Racer “The Greatest”

“The Greatest” has a whimsical and searching nature to it that I found enchanting. Performance wise what drew me in was a similarity in arrangement to groups such as Explosions In The Sky but of course this has vocals. The tremolo picking on a mostly clean tone with some reverb and delay going on being something of a signature move for particularly emotional pieces. “The Greatest” could be described as cinematic and hopeful. The band has gained a very impressive resume of performances and catalog. I’ll attach a Spotify below press notes and socials. Check out “The Greatest” by The Racer below!


“The Greatest” is a song about self-belief; not letting doubt enter one’s mind and not making decisions out of fear. It is about reaching for one’s greatness and realizing you are your own worst enemy and are now ready to seek your potential and finally accept and know who you are. Many of the lyrics come from the perspective of a person thinking of someone they really admired when they were young but were always too afraid to approach being able to see them now and the person they have become. We would love for this to be a song people can turn to when they are in need of some inspiration or just need to relate to feelings of fear and failure.

The Racer, an independent band from Monroe, NY consisting of Pete Marotta (vocals, keys), Mike Esserman (guitar, keys), Steve Kondracki (guitar, keys), Eric Sosler (bass, keys), and Mike Perri (drums, percussion), has been undergoing a transformation from rock to alternative to indie and experimental over their last 3 releases. The traditionally album-focused band has shifted gears of late, and expects to continuously release a slew of self-produced singles directly to fans for the foreseeable future.
Even though the The Racer has always preferred to keep as much of their operation “in-house” as possible, the mission of self-producing their own music didn’t begin in earnest until after the 2016 release of their Kickstarter-funded third LP GIANT, produced by Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra). Throughout the promotion of GIANT, the band began experimenting with using the studio as an instrument, exploring new sounds and techniques, and growing more musically mature. Guided and inspired by the expertise of their past producers Mike Kalajian and Dan Hannon, proficiency came surprisingly quick, and the results are a breath of fresh air to the members of the band – the realization of a DIY dream many years in the making.
The Racer’s independent catalog also consists of 2010’s Strangers We’ll Become and 2013’s Passengers and they’ve graced the stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Austin’s SXSW, and Albany’s MOVE Music Fest. They’ve played everywhere from Whisky a Go Go and The Key Club to The Mercury Lounge and The Knitting Factory, opening up for bands such as Matt and Kim, The Spill Canvas, Say Anything, and Collective Soul. And they’ve secured licensing deals that have garnered placements on MTV, CBS, and a host of television commercials.


(C) 2019 The Racer

Written, arranged, performed, produced, & mixed by The Racer

Mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering

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Musician releasing music under self created record label

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