PINGTRACE ver 3.0
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Amongst the clouds of the mile high city one can find the intriguing and unique quartet Ping Trace, a band aiming to seamlessly marry the electronic with the organic, as well as dance music with more artistic ventures. Consisting of Anne Wilson (vocals and bass), Steven Cleveland (keys and guitar), Lynnae Rome (keys and vocals), and Jeremy Golden (programming), Ping Trace has positioned themselves as not only an act capable of lush and thoughtful productions but also a formidable live act on the electronic music circuit.
Originally conceived by Steven and Lynnae in 2008 as a studio project, the band’s early efforts, the self-released Traces EP and a trio of acclaimed singles on Denver’s Terraform Records, raised Ping Trace’s ambition to explore new directions in sound and execution. The addition of Jeremy to the line-up, who had previously engineered some of Ping Trace’s recordings, strengthened the band’s connection to the DJ and dance music scene. With more productions and remixes under their belt as a trio, Ping Trace decided to take another big step by adding Anne Wilson as lead vocalist and live bassist. This has allowed Ping Trace’s sound to become even more potent, not only setting the stage for their most accomplished recordings but also securing the band’s place as an impressive live unit.
Ping Trace has always drawn upon influential heavyweights in alternative and electronic music, from the likes of The Cure and New Order, to pioneers of the 90’s EBM and rave movements, to contemporary downtempo maestros such as Thievery Corporation and Nightmares On Wax. Through a stylish amalgamation of those influences Ping Trace has managed to weave all of this together into something special and distinct. The result is an intriguing concoction of melody and circuitry blended uniquely to make Ping Trace stand out in the crowded electronic music field. Says founding member Lynnae, “It is not a vocal, it is not a set of instruments, but it is the collaboration that defines us. The Ping Trace sound is established by succulent sound design combined with our intuitive writing and arrangement. However, the origins of our songs are very much a mystery to us.” Through this philosophical creation process the music of Ping Trace acquires a quality and depth that sounds stirring in both headphones and booming club systems.
Ping Trace has also remixed other artists, such as their recent reworks for Manufactured Superstars on the Magik Muzik/Blackhole Recordings label. This has provided an outlet for the more ‘dance club’ oriented side of Ping Trace. In fact, members Jeremy and Steven often perform in nightclubs as DJs, mixing an effective combination of Ping Trace’s floor-centric output with like-minded productions from their contemporaries. However, as a quartet, Ping Trace aim to combine this aspect with live performance, developing into an act that is not only comparably renowned for their live shows and studio recordings, but equally welcome in the DJ booth as on the stage.
A flurry of activity is planned for Ping Trace including a series of new singles and remixes leading to a debut album release as well as the fine-tuning of their live show into something truly special. The band’s haunting music-scapes have certainly caught on, with many new fans and industry types taking notice.
Repeatedly lauded by reviewers, the art-driven Ping Trace sound has on one occasion been described as “pretentious.” Rather than recoiling from this description, Ping Trace have decided to embrace it. “We take great care in writing music with meaning and depth which I suppose could be perceived as pretentious. The sound is lush and chill, and the songs have substance. If there is a connection, then the track has found its audience.”