Mason Rack tells: addiction, live shows, new blues music
THE mind behind Mason Rack Band runs at a million miles a minute, and he's accepted the fact that he's a little nuts.
But the lead singer uses this with a combination of passion, drive and a wealth of dark life experiences to make the Mason Rack Band sound so memorable.
Now 16 years sober, the once drug and alcohol addicted Rack says he's in a better place thanks to a 12-step program and surrounding himself with good people.
"In the early stage I didn't go anywhere that was tempting.
"Now, as I've stayed sober, it's just become something that I don't do anymore.
"It's kind of like I just don't play water polo, I just don't drink."
Their new album, titled Big Bad Machine, features 12 tracks showcasing their alternative blues rock sound.
"The title track was originally written about that male anatomy, but later on it turned to a motorbike, so that's good it went that way … the other one, Naughty Girl, that one refers to me, not as a girl but what I used to do," Rack said, referring to his drug and alcohol use.
"Now when I go somewhere and they'll say here's some weed, cocaine ... instead of turning them down and telling them I'm clean and sober, they actually probably don't even know I am, I just hand it straight on to any of my mates that do use socially.
"I could never do that, use socially, I was happy to get sober because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
"I'm still completely nuts, but now I get asked to come back - that's the difference."
The last few months have seen the band tour Europe, and prior to that they were doing the rounds on the festival circuit.
The three-piece outfit have spent recent years perfecting their live shows.
Now they incorporate a unique percussion piece, and even swap instruments in the middle of a song.
Rack says they have the tough Australian crowds to thank.
"Australian audiences are so hard," he said.
"They don't easily clap. I remember listening to a Marcia Hines interview and she said you'll know what I mean when you go overseas.
"I need a reaction from the audience, so we worked hard to find something that they would react to.".
The Mason Rack Band will play at the Agnes Water Tavern this Saturday night.