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Mason Rack ready to rock Quoin Is with new tracks

Paul Asquith

RETURNING from a month-long European tour, Mason Rack is spending some quality time with his family at their home on the Gold Coast - but it hasn't stopped the blues rocker from recording two new songs.

Life is fast on the road, and it's not always easy skipping from town to town playing for wild crowds. Recently that involved 25 shows in 30 days between Germany and the Netherlands.

"Being away is difficult but it gives good material," he said.

"The whole music scene over there, they're mad about music!"

The Mason Rack Band, that Rack (pictured) fronts along with drummer Joel Purkess and bassist Jamie Roberts, plays a mix of blues and rock that keeps the audience on its toes.

"Before I got in to the blues I liked heavy rock," Mason said. "But then the blues kicked in and I wanted to still have fun.

"There's a lot of fun blues stuff."

Being on the coast means time spent hanging out with family and friends as well as regular rehearsals.

Heavily tattooed with promotional posters depicting a wild rocker with a muscly body, Mason has a soft spot for his own children, but also those he mentors.

"I have a couple of young kids that I teach," he said.

"I dream their dream for them but I don't pressure anything." He said at the end of each lesson he gets them onto the drum kit, "and I just get them to go crazy and have some fun".

"It gives them freedom and creativity outside of trying to learn something, and they get to run wild," he said.

"I'm probably seven years old going on 39, and that's on a good day," he laughed.

Mason grew up playing percussion at the age of six with his musician father Billy Rack. Growing up at Green Mount Beach, surfing and music was a big part of his lifestyle.

"I used to surf a lot, my father used to hire out surfboards at Green Mount Beach, that was a lifestyle, that and music," he said.

"I was surfing waves, now I surf sound waves."

Progressing to drums at age eight, Mason was able to play any style of music. For the next four years he developed a natural rhythm that is now part of his soul and way of life.

But he laughs at the fact fans have described his voice as "one of the sexiest" in the blues music scene.

"I like it, it strokes my ego," he laughed.

"The emotional feeling you get from the tones and the sounds and the way the lyrics are being delivered, when Buddy Guy says the same words, they get to me.

"Moving the audience emotionally for me is important, if they get up and dance it excites me but moving them emotionally is key and I like to hear that from reactions from songs."

Mason was looking forward to the band's next gig, which is a fundraiser at Quoin Island Retreat where the funds help facilitate the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

They are not unknown in Gladstone, playing often at the Rocky Glen Hotel.

"There'll be some new songs, and we're keen to catch up with our friends in Gladstone," he said.

The band also has a free iTunes app to stay up to date with gigs.

GIG GUIDE

  • When: Saturday, July 19.
  • Where: Quoin Island Retreat.
  • Cost: $85 includes return transfers, entertainment and a barbecue-style meal.
  • Accommodation available for $150 per couple per night including breakfast.
  • Boats: Depart 5pm and 6pm Gladstone. Return 11pm and midnight.
  • Tickets on sale through links on Quoin Island Retreat's Facebook page and website.

Topics:  gladstone mason rack mason rack band music quoin island



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