Tracey Blades EPK
Tracey Blades is a fervent musician hailed by Central Florida as an expressive, impassioned musical firehouse. Blades began his musical tenure as a drummer in bands such as Derek Lyn Plastic, Partying, Fashion Fashion and the Image Boys, and RunnAmucks, earning his place as a staple in the Florida music scene.
It was well into his career that Tracey Blades decided to try his hand at song writing. As he began to navigate his solo music carrier. Blades continued to tour and play in Coma Club, Problem Pack, and other various bands.
Not until his band, Eat the Elderly, that Blades decided to put his songwriting into practice with a complete band. Eat the Elderly, headed by Tracey Blades’ best friend, Billy Helveston was an amalgamation of Blades raw emotion, Billy’s tempestuous energy, and the experiences of their lifelong friendship. Together they rocked Central Florida’s music scene and motivated each other to further develop their craft. In 2017, when Billy took his own life it pushed Blades to further develop Born Losers.
Born Losers is the culmination of all the years of honing his craft and persevering to make him the musician he is today. Born Losers is definitely a labor of love for Blades. The band represents a culmination of his life, hardships, loves, and experiences.
Blades credits his success to his vast musical knowledge. You can hear inspirations such as, The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Rolling Stones, Hanoi Rocks, Joan Jett, Blaze Foley, and Iggy Pop in his music.
Over the years, Tracey Blades, has continued to perform with his solo acoustic act that occasionally features various guest musicians (including other members of Born Losers).
Orlando punk veteran Tracey Blades has, over the years, been in an impressive string of great local bands like Fashion! Fashion! and the Image Boys, RunnAmucks and Eat the Elderly. But now he's finally emerging from all the racket and wreckage to front his very own vehicle with Born Losers, who just released their eponymous debut single.
Available now as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp, "Born Losers" is a freewheeling punk anthem that revels in fatalist glory, hurtling toward the cliff with the volume up, the top down and the ghost of Johnny Thunders riding shotgun. It's a fast, loose and catchy drive that mines gold from the gutter.
The live band lineup currently has Nick Mecannic (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jon Lane (bass) and Ryan Went (drums) flanking Blades. But the recording of "Born Losers," which was done about three years ago, features the illustrious likes of Sam Johnson (New Mexican Disaster Squad, Autarx, Grave Return) on lead guitar and Josh "Danger" Dobbs (RunnAmucks, Danger Room Recording Service) on rhythm guitar.
Besides being a good debut, the noteworthy thing about "Born Losers" is that it's an auspicious first taste of a catalog that's already been steadily building for several years. Although his work's just starting to see light now, Blades has kept recording these past few years, and he's amassed two albums of material in the can: a first LP recorded with Dobbs and a second with Joe Queer of the Queers.
As for the release of that music, Blades says he's been in talks with a couple of different record labels, but the most serious so far has been with Joe Queer's All Star Records. So, speaking of stars, it looks like perhaps enough of them are aligning to make Born Losers an Orlando band to keep both an ear and eye on - Orlando Weekly