Mr Rascal

Mr Rascal

BandAlternativeFolk

Confessionary gospel with a ramshackle barnyard grumble

Biography

Mr Rascal was formed in late 2006 when Christian Duell decided to take a handful of songs written in a treehouse out into the big bad world. Around each corner over the last two years, (whether through chance encounters or new musical friendships), a wind of change has blown Mr Rascal into something much more than a solo project.

Beginning with a couple of home-made demos an idea was hatched to quickly record an EP. Somehow Mr Rascal became a fully-fledged band and busily started demoing songs for the EP which then became known as ‘the mini-album’. As a band Mr Rascal hit the studio in August 2007 convinced that there were enough good songs to record a whole album.

The possibilities of studio recording lead to spontaneous appearances by strangers and friends of friends appearing in the form of pedal steel guitar, bagpipes, trombone, banjo, spoons, melodica, violin and opera singing. The album was then preluded by the release, to much critical acclaim, of the debut single ‘Let it Roll’.

With a recorded album done and dusted Mr Rascal have finally unveiled ‘A Pocketful of Smoke’ to the world, celebrating in style with a sell-out launch event at one of Brisbane’s finest venues, The Cremorne Theatre. A most ambitious undertaking, the launch event brought together an honourable band of Brisbane’s most talented musicians including the core Mr Rascal live band (of guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals) and a number of special guests (a brass section, strings, and opera singers).

Despite the sense of ambition inherent in the launch event and indeed the making of the album, the debut Mr Rascal album ‘A Pocketful of Smoke’ is not merely an experiment in local collaboration. The album features 10 very genuine and personal stories; some playful, others painful, weaved together by underlying themes of loss and generational change.

In their debut feature-length album, Mr Rascal aim to convey the fine line between joy and pain; ambition and comfort; for no other reason than to strike a chord of commonality with the occasional likeminded soul.

Lyrics

Here Comes the Winter

Written By: Christian Duell

Hail the stranger who's hiding in his hands
Holding on to the only thing he can
Its been a long day
I ain't calming down

Shields the son with an outstretch of his hands
Hold me close just don't try to understand
Its been a long day
I ain't calming down
Its a time like now I could really use you around

Here comes the winter
Here come my blues
There goes the feeling that I never wanted to lose
I held you once
And love was once
The only thing I needed most
Now your love
Is the one thing I can't live without

In the sun, you're my only one
Kiss me tonight
While the moon lights up your eyes

There goes the summer
There goes my youth
There goes my life, my love my joy, my reason to live
I held you once
And love was once
The only thing I needed most
Now your love
Is the one thing I can't live without

Let it Roll

Written By: Christian Duell

We weaved through years like golden yarn at Rumplestiltkin’s feet
Til the anguish of a separation descended like a sheet
Like first-born children unaware and slowly comes the fateful day
When a freedom barely grasped through rightful hands must pass away

Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul
Let it roll, let it fill my words with drawl oh let it roll
Let it roll, let it echo through the hall
Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul

Well Maxwell he got married yeah
Adam left the band
Matthew he ain’t gonna play those evil skins again
Oh tell me where is our lost innocence
Where did I go wrong
To be moaning through this microphone
To sing this helpless song?

Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul
Let it roll, let it fill my words with drawl oh let it roll
Let it roll, let it echo through the hall
Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul

We invented stories and the generations passed
Till our children lived in loneliness and pain just to enact
The sense of long-forgotten comfort in the lyric of a song
Tell me why am I still moaning, tell me where did I go wrong?

Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul
Let it roll, let it fill my words with drawl oh let it roll
Let it roll, let it echo through the hall
Let it roll, let it rain down on my soul

Why Not Me

Written By: Christian Duell

Well I left you alone with your ex-boyfriend
Didn’t bother me at all
Well I waited an hour and another one passed
I decided to give you a call
Well I’ve severed my ties
Cut all my roots
It’s the only thing I can do
How ‘bout you
Honey how ‘bout you?

Well I wrote down a list of the things that I’ve missed
And I couldn’t manage a word
And I ignored all the whispers and thoughts of your mister
I pretended I hadn’t heard
Well I hoped for the best
Imagined the worst
Its something that I just do
How 'bout you
Honey how ‘bout you?

How ‘bout you?
(when you’re waking in the morning)
How ‘ bout you?
(when you’re watching me yawning)
How ‘bout you
Honey how ‘bout you?

Road to the Morning Sun

Written By: Christian Duell / Matthew Schneider

Mother's cryin'
Boy you're dyin'
Judgement day is come
Better pack up your bags hit the road to the morning sun

Powers that be
Are blind to see
But I know who you are
You're a boy not a man and your spineless to stand your ground

Oh, you sit up there
Oh, high on your golden chair
Oh, but all thrones must fall

Creeping round
All over town
Sticking longswords through our shirts
For the damage you've done, hit the road to the morning sun

Discography

Home Recordings (demo) September 2006, The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson (demo), August 2007, Let it Roll (single), February 2008, A Pocketful of Smoke (album), July 2008