Rage Against the Mashina: After another chapter in Mashina’s Caesarean history will be complete on Thursday night with yet another sold-out show, the band will launch a tour in the US and Canada. This will be Mashina’s third tour of North America in the past few years and will include shows in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Toronto, Washington and Los Angeles.
“We built a special line-up for this tour, a little more “kickin’” but not too sophisticated,” said Shlomi Bracha, the band's electric guitar player. “Basically we want to have people enjoy themselves with songs they know and not to educate them and give them the most remote song on each record.”
Is preparation different for shows in the US, are your feelings different?
“Yes, completely. The moment you are in America and playing on good equipment and in clubs in which Oasis performed not long before, it gives you more drive and you feel freer using distortion. There, you feel the difference between the Mediterranean Sea and the ocean. Aside from that, the crowd in the US misses our songs and is hungry for them, so there is a really strong interaction with the audience.”
Six shows in distant places within two weeks, do you have the energy for all the traveling?
“The truth is that there is something quite unique about it. Flights, dragging all the equipment, and switching hotels put you in the mindset of a journey. This time we are using a tour bus instead of flying. So, we will feel the way, the real rock n’ roll atmosphere, the exhaustion which produces something unique on stage. In Israel you
can’t attain that ruggedness that comes from being tired, there is a special energy expressed on stage when you’re exhausted.”
Where is Mashina going in the next few months?
“I am actually working on a new part of the album now. Look, we are creating new things but nothing is finalized yet. We are experimenting and recording a lot in order to move into the next phase of our next album.
"We have enough songs already and our intentions are to put out a new album, but it will happen slowly, at our pace. I am not committed to a specific date.
"We are creating new music and are enjoying ourselves in our process. When you have the experience and the know-how and you combine them in your search for new things, you are at a great advantage. We have that.”