Ma­son Rack Band re­turns

Sail­ing Club to host fes­ti­val favourite for an af­ter­noon on the lawn

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

BLUES and roots star Ma­son Rack, hail­ing from the Gold Coast, has re­vealed that while re­cently on tour in Europe he and fel­low band mem­bers col­lected a van load of fluffy toys due to one band mem­ber’s ad­dic­tion to “claw ma­chines”.

Ma­son said while tour­ing, the band would seek out claw ma­chines at venues, pubs and ser­vice sta­tions wher­ever they were.

“If there wasn’t a claw ma­chine, we weren’t happy and we’d drive away. We had more than 15 stuffed toys in the van which we used as pil­lows.”

The toys were even­tu­ally do­nated to the chil­dren’s wing of a hos­pi­tal in Ger­many, Ma­son said.

The Ma­son Rack Band, which is pre­par­ing for its up­com­ing Whit­sun­days gig has a style of mu­sic which has been de­scribed as com­bin­ing heavy rock, jazz, roots, blues, coun­try punk and reg­gae funk.

Ma­son said the vibe in north Queens­land was “quite elec­tric” and the trio loved per­form­ing there.

“It’s al­most like a per­ma­nent fes­ti­val. I like the hol­i­day feel and see­ing ev­ery­one out hav­ing a great time.

“At a show, I like to cre­ate some­thing that’s out of the nor­mal, dif­fer­ent to what peo­ple are ex­pect­ing.

“I want to also try and change what peo­ple are ex­pect­ing if they’ve been to other shows.

“We of­ten come up with songs and ideas on the road. The ban­ter and the sto­ries can be quite funny.”

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club man­ager Troy Jones said the Ma­son Rack Band, which has played at the club sev­eral times, was “ex­tremely pop­u­lar”.

“He does a bril­liant show. Come on down, bring a blan­ket if you want, or we’ve got plenty of chairs. We’re go­ing to have um­brel­las up, and it’s go­ing to be a great day,” he said, adding that the band would play on the grassy fore­shore.

Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic or­gan­iser Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin said the band

with its “flat out” style of blues, was one of his favourites.

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