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Australian rock band Tracer are coming out all guns blazing to launch new album El Pistolero with a UK tour, which kicks off at The Plug in Sheffield on Saturday, June 8.

To celebrate we have three pairs of tickets to be won.

Tracer at The Plug in Sheffield on  on Saturday,  June 8.

Tracer at The Plug in Sheffield on on Saturday, June 8.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Tracer’s music video for El Pistolero, the album’s title track.

The band, Michael Brown (vocals and guitar), Dre Wise (drums) and Jett Heysen-Hicks (bass), who will also appear at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 16, were recently voted Best New Band at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Tickets for The Plug in Sheffield are £12. Doors 7pm. Buy in person at 14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield S1 4QD, call 0114 241 3040 or visit

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Tracer at The Plug in Sheffield on  on Saturday,  June 8.

Tracer at The Plug in Sheffield on on Saturday, June 8.

Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) the album is on target to make Tracer a huge name in 2013.

Michael: “The song writing has gone up a peg or two. The songs have taken on a life of their own. Kevin really got the most out of them.

“He got us doing things we would never have thought of doing and because of that they’ve stepped into a new realm. I think this album will really define what Tracer is about, and why we’re different to everyone else.”

The differences are clear throughout El Pistolero; a high-energy mix of stoner anthems, biker attitude and classic power trio rock.

Tracer is no retro act: from the title track to Scream In Silence, from There’s A Man, through Dirty Little Secret and beyond with Lady Killer this is the sound of a 21st century band making their best album to date.

It’s a high-energy collection on no-holds-barred rock’n’roll just as it was meant to be: hot, loud and sweaty.

Tracer has come a long way since forming in Adelaide, South Australia just under 10 years ago. They made two independent mini albums (the three-song Into The Night in 2006, and the seven-track L.A.? in 2009), but their debut proper came with Spaces In Between, released on Mascot Label Group in late 2011. That album was widely praised and three European tours in support of it saw Tracer named the Best New Band at the 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Radio support for Tracer in the UK saw them A-listed on the premiere classic rock radio station, Planet Rock, with a hat-trick of high octane rock singles including Too Much, Devil Ride and Spaces In Between.

In the past Tracer have been compared with top-drawer outfits Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Kyuss etc. El Pistolero sees them forging more of their own identity – not that the band mind the kind words.

The band and Kevin Shirley have found a way to harness the hurricane of Tracer’s much-lauded live show in the studio for the first time.

Dre said: “People come to see us live and they get something else. They can notice the hard work we’re putting in. We’ve always had the comment that; ‘It’s a lot of noise for three people to be making’ and it’s no accident.”

Some songs on El Pistolero – Michael isn’t revealing which ones – were inspired by the Robert Rodriguez film Desperado, but all of them are now ready to be road-tested.

“I tell you what,” adds Michael, “we can’t wait to get out there on the stage and play these new songs. They’re going to be epic!”

Sheffield Plug, Saturday, June 8; London Scala, Monday, June 10; Bristol Tunnels, Wednesday, June 12; York Fibbers, Thursday, June 13; Glasgow o2 ABC, Friday, June 14; Isle of Wight Festival, Sunday, June 16.

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