Mason's racking up miles and fans
WITH the promise of something special in his upcoming performances, and a new CD released, Mason Rack is not to be missed while back on home soil.
While he wouldn’t give anything away, anyone who has seen Rack perform a drumming duel with his Canadian drummer Joel Purkess will know he is in a league of his own.
For those who don’t, this is your chance.
“This one’s a normal show on steroids, but that’s all I’ll say,” Rack joked.
With new Australian management under Carmen and Gerry Blain at Cracking Toast, and new bassist Nathan Archer, the Mason Rack Band will revel in Australian crowds until June.
“We’ll be touring Canada for the fourth time this year in July,” Rack said.
“We noticed it was the place to go, and there are so many miles to tour in Canada.”
Living in the Currumbin Valley with his partner and daughter, Rack said he had always loved the Gold Coast.
“This stretch of Coast really is the bee’s knees,” he said.
“I was looking at moving to Canada last year, but I’m too much of a water baby to move away from here.”
Rack said compared to the international audiences, Australian fans could be harsh, but that made home-grown bands stronger on the world-stage.
“Australians can be very critical, but it’s a good thing in the long run,” he said.
“It makes you work for the success.”
Rack has definitely worked to get to where he is, battling through rehab at the age of 27 after a spiral of drink and drugs.
“I got sober and after a lot of jam nights the band grew from there.”
Performing with jazz-musician dad Billy Rack at a Palm Beach family restaurant from the age of six, Rack said he had progressed from saucepans to a full drum kit.
“He gave me two saucepans to bang around on when I was little,” Rack said.
“I played with him on the weekends until I was about 12, and played everything from the bongo, congo and tambourine.
“Dad had a variety show six nights a week, and it was a fully-booked joint six months in advance because he was there.
“He was eccentric – a lovely guy and I’ve always been around his music.”
With three albums out already, Rack said the new double CD had been recorded live in Canada.
“The whole performance is live at a small, intimate lakeside town in Canada,” Rack said.
“It’s the recording from start to finish, so it sounds just how we played it.
“It isn’t chopped and changed around.
“We were very happy with it and it’s really for everyone who has supported us over the years.”
Rack’s new CD will be launched at Currumbin RSL on Saturday, January 23 and will be available for sale at other gigs around the Coast.
The Mason Rack Band will be at various locations across the Gold Coast in the coming months as well as enjoying its third year at Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival.
For full gig details visit www.masonrack.com.