In a merging of garage rock and soccer, Wisconsin-based band The Racing Pulses premiered a new song, an anthem dedicated to Wisconsin’s new professional outdoor soccer club, Forward Madison FC.
“Go, Forward!”, the new upbeat catchy rocker, is the band’s first release since their 2017 debut album Nothing to Write Home About. Front man Kristian Illiev and drummer Mike Newby have expressed their appreciation for the sport in the song, a jangly, fun anthem. Illiev’s father was a successful soccer coach, while Newby enjoys watching the FIFA World Cup.
In a news release, llliev says “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 Racing Pulses have been playing festivals and venues since 2012. The Wisconsin-band released their self-titled EP in 2014 gaining them more recognition and paving their way to bigger performances including Summerfest, the largest music festival in the U.S. The Racing Pulses musical success from their debut album made an impact across North America and brought them international success with a two-month tour in Bulgaria.
The Racing Pulses are planning to release music in the coming months, but for now the band is preparing for upcoming gigs. They’ll take the stage in May at Brat Fest and follow that by playing Summer Soulstice.
May 4 – Brat Fest – Madison, Wisconsin
June 22 – Summer Soulstice Music Festival – Milwaukee, Wisconsin