RACKETT, a loud and experimental punk-pop band based in Sydney, Australia, has evolved from just another unknown entity to playing in major venues and festivals throughout Australia. The band has also garnered regular airplay on community and commercial radio, features in Rolling Stone magazine, getting the exposure to reach a wider audience and critical acclaim.
The band was also the featured talent in national campaign for General Pants and earned a well-deserved reputation for “thrilling” live shows, technically proficient and powerful sound and a DIY hyper-femme aesthetic”. RACKETT’s sound and style can be described as spunky, aggressive and catchy with plenty of fun factor thrown in.
RACKETT has been on local tours supporting the likes of Abbe May, The Bennies, Sticky Fingers, and DZ Deathrays and have completed national tours with The Darkness (UK), Killing Heidi and Stonefield, honing their adventurous live shows described by The Music as “intense and magical”. The highly driven and energetic band has also appeared at Groovin the Moo, Big Pineapple Festival, Secret Garden Festival, Hotter than Hell, Electric Lady and more. Building on this success, look for RACKETT to continue its ascent in the pop world in the near future.
Bubbles with an equal swaying, smiling innocence and poignant, poetic lines
In 2017, the band released three singles; Prey , Ready or Not and BATS from their debut EP Ready or Not . In early 2018 the band released two stand alone singles Alive and Space Cadet followed by their third single, Tried to Quit which features on their upcoming EP I Please Myself , due for release on the 7th December, 2018. The band’s live videoclip for Tried to Quit has received over 500,000 views on Youtube after they were selected by The Rubens to perform the single as finalists in the EXTRA SUPPORT Competition, 2018. The band have successfully sold out venues throughout Sydney and Melbourne in support of these releases and have been been played on Triple J, Triple J unearthed, FBI, 4ZZZ, 2SER and more.
In 2017, RACKETT charted at #10 in the itunes Canadian Rock Chart and have also been featured on major Spotify indie playlists. In late 2017 the band were crowned the winner of the Australian Hotels Association ‘Rockin the Puburbs’ competition and were finalists in the VB Hard Yards competition. The band are the Australian ambassadors for Swedish Guitar brand, Strandberg Guitars . They were also nominated as ‘Best Live Act’, 2018 by the National Live Music Awards alongside Ball Park Music and Hockey Dad .
The band is fronted by Rebecca Callander on rhythm guitar and vocals. “Callander puts down her guitar after a few songs and jumps down into the crowd to dance with us, reaching out to hold hands and scratch heads and go a little wild, and it’s honestly the greatest thing ever”, The Music . Ally Gaven on bass, Astrid Holz on drums and Kat Ayala on lead guitar. Band members have undergone extensive music and performance training (Berklee College of Music U.S.A, UNSW, TAFE NSW) and specialise in a range of genres from jazz to heavy metal. Their combined powers make for a diverse and highly skilled songwriting team.
The Sälen is at once familiar and strikingly bold, vintage and futuristic, yesterday and tomorrow – the solidbody Classic Trans Butterscotch has a beautiful snap due to the Ash body and Maple board combo. Confronted with the whole .strandberg* lineup, it was an easy choice for front-woman Bec.
The Boden Classic is the .strandberg* take on the tried-and-true traditional bolt-on solidbody electric guitars with a pickguard. Featuring solid Alder body with Maple neck and Maple or Pau Ferro fretboard, the overall sound is familiar yet with the distinctive .strandberg* sound and feel. We made Kat a one-of-a-kind pink rendition of this modern Classic for maximum stage impact – our standard Malta Blue is as close as you will get.
“Quickly gaining notoriety for their energy, passion and skill”
– Music Feeds.
“Noise is their number one trade and they’re very, very good at it”
– Tone Deaf
“Rackett really couldn’t be doing any more right. They’ve played and played and played, they’ve quite clearly landed on a musical spot they’re all delighted to be on, and they’re tight, focussed, and in the damn zone. They’re also madder than a box of frogs… fast becoming my band of the year”,
– Teds Records.
A highlight from your live set that totally translates on record. You can hear a marked progression in each
of the songs you've uploaded - sharper songwriting, tighter playing. Spice Girls meets Black Sabbath