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Happy Shopper #14 - Tracks

Minimalist instrumentalist Tracks. From the North West of London with odd interludes in the North East of England. Like an ASBO John Fahey his new CD on Red Guard records gives us the creeps. In a good way.

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2007
No glasses but the occasional beard.
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2007
No glasses but the occasional beard.

They say that Link Wray's Rumble is the only instrumental to be banned for being too violent. They should listen to Tracks. A one-man project from the North West of London with intermittent interludes in the North East of England. On his new Red Guard album, "everything judged by success alone",  Tracks mixes eerie guitar with strange snippets of found audio. Dark and unsettling - minimalist instrumentals with the threat of imminent violence looming menacingly in the background. Uneasy listening but strangely soothing like too much codeine. We tapped Tracks to find out what made him open his wallet.

1) What was the last electrical appliance you bought?

An i-pod mini.

2) How many shoes do you own?

Eight or nine pairs so between sixteen and eighteen single shoes

3) Thinking about only what you are wearing now and including your watch, jewellery and glasses if you wear them, how much would it cost me to get dressed up just like you? And where would I have to go to get the look?

I can't wear watches, they give me a rash. No glasses but occasional beard. Vans trainers £40. Levis Jeans £40. Bomb Rider T Shirt from Pull and Bear, I think was about £6 Pounds...ou can be me for under
fifty pounds. Why would you want to do that? To get the look the only problem is Pull and Bear they dont have shops in the UK where you are
from so you would have to go to Spain for the t-Shirt so it would cost you a bit more if you were that way inclined. Do we get to see a photo of you dressed in everyone elses clothes who does this q and a?

4) What are you going to be eating for dinner tonight?

Potentially some Avocado,Lemon and Coriander Hummus which I made 
yesterday with some Turkish flatbread and maybe a salad of some 
description including tomatoes. And some battenburgh cake if I'm lucky

5) What is the most amount you have ever spent on a bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage and when and where was it?

Bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky. Hunter S Thompson used to always
mention it in his books so I thought it was about time I tried some. 
Very good it was too and a decidely hangover free experience which is not always the case with whisky. The amount was Twenty Pounds from a duty free in Mumbai, India...997...

6) What and where is your favourite shop?

Pull And Bear For Clothes various branches all over Europe. Massolit Books, Krakow, Poland. Blade Rubber Stamps London.

7) How do you get around town?

Bicycle

8) Where is your favourite place to holiday?

Sierra Nevada Granada Spain Pitres. Quiet villages. I still don't think I have found my favourite place yet. The islands near Bang Boa  in Thailand are  pretty awesome too.

Visit Tracks here http://www.myspace.com/trackstheband

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Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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