Following the whirlwind success of their third album Race Car Blues, Slowly Slowly are announcing details on their follow up release Race Car Blues Extended Edition, out Friday February 26. The double LP collection will feature the original Race Car Blues + a brand new record titled Race Car Blues – Chapter 2, limited to 500 copies worldwide. Race Car Blues Extended Edition is available for pre-order now via 24Hundred.
The 12 tracks that form Chapter 2 will complete the Race Car Blues story and come almost a year to the day since the original album’s release in February 2020. Where the writing sessions that spawned the first record also spawned Chapter 2, the two albums now join to form a whopping 24-track double album feature.
After premiering via triple j’s Good Nights this week, Slowly Slowly are also officially releasing a taste of what’s come on the new record with new single and video The Level. On the track, frontman Ben Stewart shares:
“This song is about fighting your instincts, a head vs heart battle. It’s about not wanting to be swept up in whimsical emotion, stay grounded and be pragmatic about the situation – all while butterflies swim around in your stomach. Look out for the two hidden Springsteen lyric references in here!”
Check out its outstanding, 70s-soaked music video below.
The second chapter of Race Car Blues was first seeded with the release of Low in late 2019, a slightly off-kilter track for Slowly Slowly at the time, now finding itself sitting snuggly among the Chapter 2 track listing. Stewart explains that while the tracks on Chapter 2 didn’t land on the original Race Car Blues, overtime the collection took on a life of its own and called for its own record.
“What we first envisaged as background information that assisted in connecting the dots of Chapter 1 soon became its own entity and has actually planted a few seeds,” he shares.
“In retrospect, some of those pieces that didn’t quite feel like they fit on the original album have served as great stepping stones to where Slowly is headed. Chapter 2 pushes the envelope a little further in every direction – heavier, more pop sensibility and a deeper dive into intimate solo songs.
“This is and has always been the ultimate aim for Slowly Slowly, to celebrate the music we love – anthemic heart on sleeve songwriting – but across a broad spectrum of genres. Having no creative ceiling for this project only pushed that ethos further.”
The announce of Race Car Blues – Chapter 2 comes after the release of its captivating first single Comets & Zombies last month. Stepping into the New Year Stewart played a string of sold out Slowly Slowly solo nights along the east coast, meanwhile the band are due to play Live At The Bowl alongside Ocean Alley, Maddy Jane & The Grogans in March, their rescheduled headline Race Car Blues national release tour in June, as well as slots at Full Tilt Festival in Melbourne & Brisbane. Details below.
2020’s Race Car Blues met an acclaimed response, debuting at #8 on the ARIA Australian Album Chart, taking out the coveted triple j Feature Album slot and clocking knockout global reviews from the likes of Kerrang!, Dead Press, Beat Magazine, Tone Deaf, The Music + more.
Race Car Blues – Chapter 2 is out everywhere today via UNFD. Buy the full Race Car Blues Extended Edition collection now.
Stream The Level + Pre-order Race Car Blues Extended Edition now: unfd.lnk.to/RCBExtended
RACE CAR BLUES – CHAPTER 2
- Comets & Zombies
- The Best Bits
- Learning Curve
- House On Fire
- The Internet
- Restless Legs
- First Love ft. Yours Truly
- Set The Table (The One That Got Away)
- The Level
- Small Talk
2021 TOUR DATES
~ RACE CAR BLUES AUSTRALIAN TOUR ~
Friday June 4 – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday June 5 – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday June 11 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday June 13 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Friday June 18 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Saturday June 19 – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA
Friday June 25 – Altar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday June 26 – Saloon Bar, Launceston, TAS