Hugo Race, a gifted musician.
By Terri Lee Fatouros.
Hugo Race and his band The True Spirit recently returned from a three-month world tour, which literally saw them gigging to sell out venues pretty much everywhere.
Race has been honing his musical signature for many years and has lent his name to numerous bands including world famous, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and his band, The Wreckery.
The line up in The True Spirit is rather spectacular with remarkable musicians, who having experienced the gutsy side of life can channel this worldly ambiance into their music.
Brian Colechin plays bass and vocals and Brett Poliness is the drummer. But it’s Michelangelo Russo who plays harmonica, trumpet and moog synth who I’d like to give special mention to as well as Hugo Race. Russo captures you instantly with soulful outer worldly moog riffs and ethereal harp. He is also a gifted artist and regularly exhibits his works in various galleries around the burbs. So its little wonder he creates a spell binding tapestry of liquid art for the ears in his playing.
Hugo Race has written his memoirs in the form of a rich, kaleidoscopic book full of life, tales, right and wrong turns, ill fated and successful adventures that gives the reader a subtle look at ‘life on the road’ as a rock star musician. The book is called Road Series and was launched recently at the trendy, Readings in Lygon St, Carlton.
It’s a fascinating journey into the musician’s world of music, drugs, and the gritty, gutsy life cycle it encompasses.
I’m guessing many muso’s will have several ‘arrr’ moments while reading this book.
Road Series is available at Reading Bookstores and other retailers and online from