Recognized by fans worldwide and media authorities such as Alternative Press, Paste Music & Daytrotter, and AllMusic, The Racing Pulses have been filling festival grounds and venues since 2012 with their catchy and intelligent rock music. A well-received EP in 2014 and news of electrifying performances rapidly lead to interest from prominent venues and festivals across the United States, including Maxwell’s in New Jersey and Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world.
In 2017, The Racing Pulses released their debut album, Nothing to Write Home About, to popular and critical acclaim. It made an impact across North America, peaking at #15 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, #43 on the Independent albums chart, and #1 on the East North Central chart. Sirius XM’s Underground Garage took notice, with legendary musician and radio host Genya Ravan including the album’s opening track “King or Pawn?” on her program.
The summer of 2018 brought international exposure as a two-month tour in Bulgaria captivated the media. Major television network bTV invited The Racing Pulses to appear on hit daytime talk show “Преди обед” (Before Noon), where an interview and the live television debut performance of “Bookends” took place on July 13th. Fanfare continued into September, with a four-page spread on The Racing Pulses appearing in the print edition of OK! Magazine Bulgaria. Many newspapers and online media sources including TRUD, Kambana, and Region, profiled the band. Highlights of the tour included a Sofar Sounds session in capital city Sofia, a show at the Varna Sea Garden, and a performance in front of hundreds, including dignitaries, at the 125th Jubilee of Pirdop by the 6th – century Elenska Basilica with folk star Tsvetelina. Returning to the USA in the fall, The Racing Pulses continued touring working on new music.
Frontman Kristian Iliev also announced his first book, a collection of poetry, was scheduled for release. Glyphs from the Apparatus arrived in December through publishing house Stiks & Monida. The book was well – received, even attracting praise from Victor DeLorenzo of Violent Femmes fame.