She Likes It Heavy on Tuesdays, 7pm PST on bostonfreeradio.com, prajmetal@gmail.com

This is a very special 200th/5-year-anniversary/ALL BAY AREA BANDS show, co-hosted by fellow music lover Bruce Crain.  He grew up in the 70's in San Francisco smokin’ up and jamming down.  Bruce doesn't listen to modern metal, but has a few words about each of these bay area bands, Viagra, sexism, porn, ageism, sex workers, Bernie Sanders, and boners. 

Thanks to my adoring fans who contributed to this show (in order of appearance!): 

Ted Thacker, Josh Martin, Casey Baker, Meg Castellanos, Sean Hugunin, Phil Becker, Monte Cimino, Russ T. Carr, Erin Walter, (agent) Matt Waters, Alex Yeung, Squid/Kate Izquierdo, Mary (aja) McDermott, Jules(er) Taffe

The Mass (https://www.facebook.com/themassf/) are releasing a brand new album - Ghost Fleet - in December 2016, after an 8-year hiatus!! 

PRE-ORDER the album and immediately download the track ‘Neuronic Channels Driven to Agitation’.

https://the-mass.bandcamp.com

http://www.kingofsticks.com/

Accompanying album art in December by the infamous Jon Wayshak: http://www.scrapbookmanifesto.com/

The Mass also answered some online interview questions about their new album!

http://reject.libsyn.com/the-mass-interview_ghost-fleet-album_october-2016

The Mass are proggy, angular, weirdo, technical, brainy metal.

Threshing the Light: The Mass (Bay Area)(0:54-6:46)

Death Angel’s 8th album may be their best yet.  Thrash dude!

The Moth: Death Angel (SF)(11:47-16:22)

Velvety-vocal occult and witchy jamming rock.

Down in the cauldron bog: Castle (SF)(16:54-21:44)

Filthy headbanging crust, doom and sludge.

Copernican Theory: Bädr Vogu (Oakland)(24:12-31:17)

Melodic, space-y, atmospheric metal, and most importantly gorgeous blues vocals.   

Salem: Lotus Thief (SF)(34:19-41:11)

Evil curses, slowed down by demonic forces.

Barathrum: Abstracter (Oakland)(42:52-51:24)

Legendary death rock mix of newly recorded old songs and new stuff.  Spectacularly nostalgic.

Veil Of Death: Altar De Fey (SF)(53:37-58:04)

Incredibly romantic black metal, melodic as fuck.

Ad Infinitum: Void Omnia (Oakland)(59:35-1:07:12)

Doom mixed with darkwave in just the way you want. 

Mirage: Lycus (Oakland)(1:08:50-1:16:40)

Ending dumb thoughts and goodbye from the hosts: (1:16:41-END)

Behind the Vocals (all songs chosen by Bruce):

Cheap Thrills, Mountain, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Derek and the Dominos, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Allman Brothers, The Who

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_200_101116.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:38pm PST

It was a cold, rainy night fifteen years ago in San Francisco, and I was partying at the Lower Forty-Eight's record release party.  It was a historic night - I heard the Mass for the first time, and I was blown away: crazed avant-garde proggy metal with saxophone? It was a sound I hadn't heard before. 

These guys are older/slower and more annoying.  They are set to release a brand new album - Ghost Fleet - in December 2016, after eight fucking years in hibernation.  Here they talk about the decision to get back together, make out, and create some mayhem.

Matt Waters (sax/vocals/synth)

Tyler Cox (drums)

Andy Lund (bass)

Tom O'Donnell (guitar)

What inspired you guys to get out of your wheelchairs and start making music together again?

Matt: We were still bros from the previous incarnation of the band. At some point in 2014 we all realized that we were all bored. It was kind of a "let's just jam and see what happens". 

Tom: Boredom.

Andy: I figured we're all still friends, all still in the Bay Area, all still alive so why not get together and play some of the old "hits" for friends.  It then snowballed into writing new music.

Tyler: For me it's a futile attempt to not go postal living in the bay area.

What has changed from your last album to this new recording?

Matt: It's surprisingly similar how the writing stayed the same since we were writing years ago. The difference now is that none of us has the time (or energy) to get together and write songs for 10-12 hours a week. Now, we've got maybe one session per week to hash out ideas and start to make something that resembles a "song".

We used to be able to crank out a lot of music and put out an album every year or so. The newest album took more than 2 full years and it's only 5 songs, granted one of them is 20 minutes. 

We were much more deliberate and honest about these new songs. We had them all finished about a year ago, then we went back and re-wrote pretty much every one of them. The writing in the band is very much by committee, for better or worse and usually we like to find a consensus where everyone is stoked on the tunes.

Tom: Same basic approach but spent more time keeping the songs more focused. 

Andy: We spent a lot of time (2 years basically) working out these songs and how they should sound.  I think our music listening habits have changed a bit in 8 years but we're still the same guys so the outcome is what you would expect from us.

Tyler: We spent a lot more time crafting the songs. I think the music on this record is more focused more fully developed than our previous stuff. 

Who in the music world impresses you?

Matt: Dawn of Midi

Tom:  Mikael Akerfeldt, Watkin Tudor Jones, Bjork, Melvins, David Eugene Edwards

Andy: Tom.

Tyler: Jamie Saint Merat

What ultimate goal do you want achieved by the Mass?

Matt: To die in peace

Tom: Rock till we drop, or at least for a few months.

Andy: It's mostly short-term goals:  play a show, finish new songs, record new songs, release album.

Tyler: I just want us to stay active. Even that much feels like an uphill battle.

What's the point?

Matt: An old naval base in Alameda

Tom:  I don't understand the question.

Andy: There may never be one.

Tyler: I don't know what people are into these days. Everyone seems to have lost their mind. Take it out leave it.

Fuck you?

Matt: Yes, Fuck you

Tom:  That's not nice.

Andy: Of course!

Tyler: It is all my fault.

 

PRE-ORDER the album and immediately download the track ‘Neuronic Channels Driven to Agitation’.

https://the-mass.bandcamp.com

http://www.kingofsticks.com/

Accompanying album art in December by the infamous Jon Wayshak: http://www.scrapbookmanifesto.com/

Category:Music Interview -- posted at: 7:39pm PST

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