Hugo Race is a prolific and visionary performer, musician, writer and producer from Melbourne, Australia. Hugo defies any easy label and has staked out a creative territory totally his own between rock, experimental and psychedelia. He also writes screenplays and non-fiction.
First introduced to the international stage as a founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds (he appears on the debut, “From Her to Eternity”, and features on several other Bad Seed’s cds and various compilations), Hugo then founded the seminal Australian art-punk cult band The Wreckery (1985), released through the White/Hot, Rampant, Citadel and Normal labels. A Wreckery compilation,”Past Imperfect”, was released in 2008 through Memorandum/Fuse Records, (Sydney ) and a national reunion tour followed.
In early 1989 Hugo moved base to Berlin, and Normal Records (Germany) released his debut solo album “Rue Morgue Blues” as the Wall fell, a fact reflected in Hugo’s frequently politically-inspired lyrics. So began two decades based in Europe and the production of 14 Hugo Race & True Spirit albums. The next studio album “The Spirit” will be released on May 29th 2015 (Glitterhouse Rec.).
Hugo’s various collaborations and bands, spread over several continents, include:
Hugo Race Fatalists, in collaboration with Italian soundscape band Sacri Cuori, after 2 albums on Interbang Records, their new 5 track EP (‘Orphans’, release date March 7, 2014) is now available on his website.
Dirtmusic, with American songwriter and producer Chris Eckman. Their fourth album Lion City, recorded in Mali in 2012, was released on Glitterbeat, March 26, 2014.
Sepiatone with Italian singer songwriter Marta Collica, their third album Echoes On released by Interbang Records (Italy) in November 2013.
Long Distance Operators (LDO), a new project with Belgian artist Catherine Graindorge, premiered at the Botanique, Brussels, May 16th 2014. Album release in 2015
No But Its True, an acoustic album of cover versions recorded in Sicily for Viceversa Records and produced by Italian songwriter and producer Cesare Basile.
Other collaborations include Malian desert blues legend Samba Toure’s album Albala, the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project, Transfargo with Swiss artist Dimitri de Perrot, Lilium with Pascal Humbert, the English psyche-folk artist Pantaleimon, the Brazilian Moses Complex, the Berlin-based Rogall’s Electric Circus Sideshow, SWOS, the Sicilian band Black Eyed Dog….