St Andrews-raised musician and former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason plays Dundee’s Fat Sams on Sunday November 24 just weeks after the release of his new four-track EP Coup d’etat.
The EP features three brand new recordings, including Like A Ripple, alongside a Tim Goldsworthy remix of America Is Your Boyfriend, taken from his much-acclaimed album About The Light, which was released in January of this year.
Steve, who will be supported by Pictish Trail, said: “Like A Ripple came from a 4am jam at Dan Carey’s studio in London.
“Dan and I just went down into his basement studio one night and played together for a couple of hours.
“I took some loops from that jam (Bomb Squad style) and wrote a song around one particular four-second loop.
“I then took the basic song to Brendan Lynch and we just threw a load of ideas at it.
“I was listening to I Travel by Simple Minds on repeat during this time, and wanted to do something with a similar energy.
“The final bit of extra magic came from Eli, who had sung backing vocals on my About The Light album.
“After a bit of persuading that it should be her alone on the chorus she slipped from backing singer into spotlight mode and I had what I wanted.”
As recently featured in a Courier Weekend interview, Like A Ripple, and the other two new tracks, Against The World and Head Case, produced by Steve Mac and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy respectively, see Steve sonically reconnect with his more eclectic musical corners, closer perhaps to his Black Affair and King Biscuit Time work than the more recent albums under his own name.
* Steve Mason, Fat Sams, Dundee, November 24, www.fatsams.co.uk