Sydney dancefloor princes Chris Stracey and Jack Glass have already built up a Bag Raiders hype storm. Here’s why.
“Fun Punch”, the lead single from the Bag Raiders EP, was resolutely flogged by all those in the know and landed the duo on “best of 2007” lists and compilations galore. The Power Rangers inspired film clip received over 700,000 views on YouTube! The Raiders then forward-rolled into 2008 with the release of a second EP on the Bang Gang label, “Turbo Love”. The giddy, synthesizer heroics of the title track saw it become one of the year’s most played songs on Triple J, Australia’s foremost national radio station. The Australian “Turbo Love” tour was followed by shows in Brazil, New York and, later, Japan, which propelled the Bag Raiders into the international arena. In between these whirlwind tours the boys debuted their live show “Bag To The Future” - re-workings of original tracks and remixes replete with live guitar, keyboards, percussion, bells and whistles - as part of the Fuzzy Parklife tour.
The shows received such an overwhelming crowd response that the Raiders were invited back to do it all again for tens of thousands of screaming party kids at the legendary Shore Thing and Field Day parties to bring in the new year. Soon after that they played the opening night of the 2009 Sydney Festival alongside A-Trak, Santogold, DJ Mehdi and Busy P. And all this on the back of only two singles! Looking forward, the Bag Raiders 2009 diary is already jam-packed with a record due on A-Trak and Catchdubs’ “Fool’s Gold” label in America and a “Turbo Love Remixes” release soon after.