THE TRACKS: "HANGING ON"

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      “To live the simple life, we must simply fade,” sings Venancio Bermudez in “Hanging On,” the upbeat and energetic single from LA rockers The Tracks. Bermudez and his bandmates - Felipe Contreras on bass, Jimmy Conde on drums, and Jesiel Higuera on guitar - released their first single just a year ago and have already played with bands like Hinds, Hoops, and The Regrettes. The jangly guitar and bold rock and roll energy the band puts out contrasts the darker, yet hopeful lyrics, which in many interviews Bermudez says were written during a time of great struggle in his life - dealing with loss and homelessness. It’s the story behind the lyrics - “keep me hangin' on / keep it! hangin' on” that makes the song an infectious anthem of spirit and survival.

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SIDNEY ZARNICH