Sunset Republic is finally emerging from its self-imposed practice space exile. The group is dropping its debut album in the spring of 2017, produced by sound engineer Chris Haynes, who has previously worked on songs by Foo Fighters, Grandmaster Flash, and Norah Jones, amongst others. The album is a labor of love for Wakai, who has written the tracks for the past 10 years with Andy Chapman, the band’s longtime bassist, co-founder, and friend. Chapman is the yin to Wakai’s yang; the two couldn’t be more different in terms of both temperament and playing style. The duo have written songs in their South of Market Area (SOMA) studio, which Tracy calls his church, a sanctuary of self-confession where he bares his soul singing about being in and out of love as well as struggling to live in the great but changing city of San Francisco.