RAC – Tickets – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC – March 19th, 2014



Speak, Prides

Wed, March 19, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cat's Cradle

Carrboro, NC

$15.00 - $17.00

Off Sale

15 Things You Didn't Know About RAC!

Your favorite remixes of the last five years are from RAC. He’s topped the Hype Machine charts 22 times with official remixes of tracks by Lana Del Rey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bob Marley, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and many more. Now comes his first multi-track release of original material, the Don’t Talk To EP, four songs composed, performed and arranged by RAC with special guests providing the vocals for each track.
• André Allen Anjos grew up in Porto, the 2nd biggest city in Portugal, and is bilingual!
• He started playing piano when he was only 6 & was really bad at sight-reading.
• At 12, all he wanted was a plastic electric guitar that played the chords for him — but his parents bought him a real acoustic instead, so he learned how to play.
• André was a classic rebellious teenager, and once he found Nirvana he and his friends started playing covers (and that guitar came in handy!).
• Around 14 he became a metalhead and formed his first guitar-and-drums band.
• One morning at age 15, André sat down for breakfast, opened up a cereal box and inside was a promotional CD for a simple music production program called eJay. He started using it immediately!
• André failed 12th grade in Portugal. He hated math.
• He played in a wedding band a few times to earn some extra cash.
• Instead of studying for classes, Andre entered remix contests so he could get vocals to write beats for.
• His prize for a Chemical Brothers “Galvanize" remix contest was an MP3 player and a box of CDs… which got stuck in Portuguese customs, so he had to pay up- which ultimately cost more than what the prize was even worth!
• At 20, André moved to the States and enrolled in the music program at Greenville College in Greenville, IL… population 7,000 (3000 of whom were prison inmates). 
• After failing music theory in Greenville (he hated scales), André hatched a plan to create what would become RAC by emailing many labels/bands/artists for remix opportunities ("I probably annoyed a lot of people," he admits.) The Shins' manager finally responded to one of André's many emails, giving him his first big break — the "Sleeping Lessons" remix.
• To date André has remixed nearly 200 songs, including 22 #1’s on Hype Machine. His resume includes tracks by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Peter Bjorn and John, U2, Kings of Leon, Foster the People, Theophilus London, and Lana Del Rey.
• His first original single, "Hollywood" featuring Penguin Prison, topped all four Hype Machine charts at once. Its video starred Quentin Tarantino muse Rose McGowan.
• André came full circle, jumping in the studio not just with human beings, but with MNDR and Bloc Party's Kele for the lead-off track on his debut EP, Don't Talk To (Cherrytree Records).
Originally formed in Austin, TX in winter 2005 by Troupe Gammage (vocals/keyboard), Nick Hurt (guitar/vocals), and Jake Stewart (drums), the band now known as SPEAK was cemented with the addition of Joey Delahoussaye (bass/vocals) in 2008.

With roots in first the dreamy pop of Radiohead and Sigur Rós, then the electronic pastiche of Beck and Cut Copy, the band received a crash course in rock while recording their first record with producer Frenchie Smith (The Dandy Warhols, Trail of Dead, The Darkness), resulting in the multichromatic 2011 debut I Believe In Everything. Surrounding the release was an Austin Music Award for Best New Band in 2010 (presented to the group by members of the Talking Heads) and appearances at the SXSW, Voodoo, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Festivals. In addition to opening shows in Austin for musical exemplars like Cage the Elephant, Tigercity, and Royal Bangs, the band have had the opportunity to learn from and befriend a series of live favorites on the road including Jukebox the Ghost, The Chain Gang of 1974, Miniature Tigers, Geographer, Ra Ra Riot and Tegan and Sara.

Inspired by the grit and "anything goes" mentality of modern hip hop production but never at the expense of melody, SPEAK have recently finished self-producing their sophomore album (due in 2014) at their home studio in Austin.
Venue Information:
Cat's Cradle
300 East Main St.
Carrboro, NC, 27510