Track Star summed up everything I cared about that was happening in indie-rock during the mid to late 90's. They were sincere, melodic, smart and practically exploding with manic energy. Everybody I played their now classic and collectible Silver Girl 10-inch vinyl "Sometimes What's the Difference?" fell for Track Star instantly (if they weren't Track Star cultists already). Track Star managed to be universally appealing without sounding like anybody other than Track Star and somehow they always felt like a band that belonged to you personally.
Things have been quiet from San Francisco's finest for a while now. Wyatt has been running around the world with his other band, The Aislers Set. Rumors have drifted about in the indie community leading to all sorts of wild speculation. The truth is Track Star is alive and well and better than ever. Sporting a new drummer (Brian Girgus from Lowercase), third guitarist and a bass (something they never used before) the boys sound like they've really been doing their homework; concentrating full-time on crafting the best pop songs they can possibly muster. The result is a more mature, wiser Track Star who woo you with their mastery of a medium they used to just play with. The result is, to put it quite simply, stunning.
My original copy of that first 10" hardly works any more, but fortunately I've got copies of it on several mix cassettes. My "Communication Breaks" (Die Young Stay Pretty / Subpop) CD was stolen and the vinyl sounds like it's getting a bit worn out as well. With new Track Star records in the works and the band back on the road I'm just going to make sure I get a few copies right off the bat when they come through and I suggest you do the same.