STEVE MASON@AUDIO,BRIGHTON.

WITHOUT MUCH FANFARE,STEVE MASON ONE OF THE BRITPOPS GENERATIONS FEW GENUINELY BRILLIANT AND ORIGINAL SONGMITHS, HAS BEEN DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE OF THE BETA BANDS THE 3 EPs – THE MASTERPIECE THAT INTRODUCED HIS EXTRAORDINARY TALENT TO THE WORLD.
THE GROUNDBREAKING RECORDINGS ON THE THREE EPs, WHICH WERE COMPILED 12 YEARS AGO FROM MASONS FIRST RELEASE, HAD A MASSIVE IMPACT ON THE UK POP LANDSCAPE AND BEYOND, QUITE LITERALLY ALTERING THE WAY MUSIC WAS MADE BRINGING A FRESH PLAYFUL,GENRE-BUSTING SPIRIT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS.THEREAFTER THE BETA BAND,LED BY MASON,STRUGGLED MANFULLY WITH THE WEIGHT OF EXPECTATION.AFTER THE SPLIT IN 2004 MASON WENT TO GROUND IN HIS NATIVE,FIFE FIRING OFF WONDERFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL RECORDS UNDER A SERIES OF PSEUDONYMS-MOST PROMINENTLY KING BISCUIT TIME AND BLACK AFFAIR.
STEVES LATEST ALBUM “BOYS OUTSIDE” WILL APPEAR UNDER HIS OWN NAME,BECAUSE HE SAYS “HES HAD ENOUGH OF ALIASES.”AND BECAUSE MORE THAN EVER HE IS COMFORTABLE IN HIS OWN SKIN.
“BOYS OUTSIDE” IS FULLY EQUAL TO THE BETA BANDS THE THREE EPs,PACKED WITH INVENTIVLY SCULPTED SOUNDS AND SUBLIME MELODIES,AND SHOT THROUGH WITH RARE EMOTIONAL HONESTY.
AS THE FORMER BETA BAND FRONTMAN POINTED OUT MIDSET,THE PURPOSE OF THIS TOUR WAS TO PROMOTE THE NEW STUFF.IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE AUDIENCES REACTION TO HIS OPENING SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR READINGS OF BETA BAND CLASSICS SIMPLE AND DR BAKER THAT IT WAS THIS INCARNATION OF HIS CAREER THAT THEY HAD COME TO HEAR.
THE NEW SONGS RETAINED MANY OF THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT MADE THE BETA BAND A MUCH LOVED PROJECT.
TIED TOGETHER BY MASONS DISTINCTIVE VOCAL STYLE,THE SONGS ARE HIS MOST PERSONAL YET,WITH COMBINATION OF GUITAR,BASS,DRUMS AND SAMPLES STRIPPED BACK TO GIVE THESE FANTASTIC LYRICS CENTRE STAGE.

STEVE MASON AT GLASTONBURY 2010.

STEVE MASON INTERVIEW-GLASTONBURY 2010.

BOYS OUTSIDE-STEVE MASON.

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