The Obstacle Race are :
The Obstacle Race were formed amidst a cold and dreary winter of 2005 when the mounting material forming in the head of front man Louis Greenwood became too much for him and he decided to let 3 school friends, Oscar Cooper, Simon Gardiner and Matan Zohar, in on the idea of becoming a band.
Although this was a rather straightforward formation, it was clear after a few practices that their sound was in no way conventional. The tracks just seemed to burst out of the young band, with Louis having waited so long to voice in someway his frustrations and in others his delight. Gigs followed across London with the band playing at popular indie spots such as Bar Academy Islington, The Forum and The Boston Music Rooms.
In the autumn of 2006 The Obstacle Race recorded their debut EP in the WAC studios just outside Camden Town which was then self released, self produced and launched by a club night organised by the band themselves. Regardless of a minor set back, the departure of bassist Matan, the band quickly recruited Charlie Sheldon and again were at full strength. Back on their feet, the EP received flattering support and led to the interest from independent label Coercion resulting in the eventual signing of the band to the label. This has led to growing promise in The Obstacle Race with gigs planned throughout 2007 and an eventual single launch during the year. The Obstacle race have grown and matured greatly over the last year, with an ever-growing fanbase, they're causing a stir with both local and regional press.
"From the beats that engage thoughts for days, to the artful lyrics "you're playing hopscotch with these skipping beats," this band knows how to maintain attention. Charismatic front man Louis Greenwood melodically articulates his modern poetry with gentle audacity, his delivery a stellar completion to the wonderfully introspective look at the beauty, eccentricities, frustrations and complications of relationships. Though many artists are exploring similar sounds, none are doing so with such conviction as The Obstacle Race." - Reverb.net