Steve Mason

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With support from The Pictish Trail

“Song writing since the Beta Band had become something I did entirely alone, from the original
concept to the full demo and often in the studio it was just myself and a producer.
Although I enjoyed this purist approach for a long time, it really does not reflect who I am anymore
and is not something that really excited me. So I decided with this album that I wanted to get my live
band involved at every stage to break this cycle, and because I wanted to capture the energy that we produce when we play live shows.

Modern recording techniques often are a kind of piece meal approach to recording (which I have done a lot of) but the energy and excitement is often lacking, so this time the band and myself worked on a collection of 12 songs over the course of last year.

Around July I felt that it was going well enough to approach a producer and I knew very early on who
I really wanted to work with. After an initial meeting with Stephen Street and playing him some
rehearsal room recordings, he took the job. I have long admired his work, especially The Smiths and the Morrissey solo albums that Stephen wrote and produced.” Steve Mason

“Steve had been on the periphery of my musical knowledge for some time now. I was particularly
impressed by his first ‘proper’ solo album Boys Outside back in 2010 and remember always liking his
voice whenever I heard it on the radio. So, when he made contact with me in the summer of last year
and asked if I would be interested in working with him on his new album I immediately agreed!” Stephen Street

“For this album, electric guitars, heavy brass and gospel backing vocals were the brew that I had in mind and Stephen was fully on board with that plan.” Steve Mason

“Steve explained that he wanted to make this album with his band playing more ‘live’ than on some
of his previous offerings and also to augment the songs with Brass and female backing vocalists. I felt
this approach of first stripping back the songs to a more ‘live’ feel to create more space for the more
‘soulful’ elements to breathe in was an interesting one and we got down to work!”
“A wonderful productive week of recording the main backing tracks with the band in Brighton was
successfully achieved and then Steve and I continued recording his vocal parts up here in London.” Stephen Street

“When I listen to this album it feels and sounds like the first ‘legitimate’ record that I have ever
made. It’s hard to explain but it sounds like a ‘real’ album. I think that is partly the production, the
playing and the work that I did with the band for all those months in our rehearsal room on the South Coast. “

“Stephen did an extraordinary job with shaping the sound and he was everything that I hoped he would be behind the wheel.” Steve Mason

“I have to say, I was greatly impressed by the quality of the songs we recorded throughout the
session and by the time we added the final overdubs of the brass section and backing vocalists, the album had really taken shape!”

“I hope we have managed to fulfil Steve’s vision of what this album would sound like. I certainly am
very happy with the results and look back on the making of this record with fond memories!” Stephen Street

“It’s a beautiful, confident, positive, angry, loving and gentle album which once again moves what
I do forward. David Bowie said that you should always be slightly out of your comfort zone if you
want to achieve greatness, and for the first time perhaps ever; I deliberately pushed myself into that place. Who doesn’t want greatness?” Steve Mason

Steve Mason releases his new album, About The Light, on Double Six on Friday 18 th January 2019.
One of the founding members of The Beta Band, Steve has also recorded under the names of King
Biscuit Time and Black Affair and since 2010 has released three acclaimed solo albums under his own name.


The Pictish Trail

Pictish Trail’s eloquent songs are as wildly varied as his selection of brightly coloured bobble hats and have seen him get mentioned in the same breath as his heroes Beck, The Beta Band and Hot Chip. His extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths and have been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig. 

With three albums, numerous mini-albums, EPs, and singles under his belt as The Pictish Trail, Lynch has also moonlighted as one half of demented dance-pop duo Silver Columns with Adem (Fridge) for their 2010 album Yes and Dance.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Lynch is also busy running his own musical empire from the remote Hebridean island Eigg (56°54’N, 06°10’W) he calls home. Following ten successful years running Fife’s infamous Fence Records, Lynch moved on to pastures new and founded Scotland’s most exciting new label Lost Map Records, and hosted the inaugural Howlin’ Fling Festival on Eigg in July 2014.