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Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Die Mason Die

Die Mason DieThe band Die Mason Die from London, UK, is a stellar band made up by the four members Samuel Mason, Stefan Ferguson, Dave Wade Brown, and George Cramer. My favourite song by them is called Lost, that was the song through which I came into contact with Die Mason Die and I was very happy when they answered some questions for AMBY. They not only told us about what they think about coffee and tea, but also about the funniest thing that ever happened at one of their shows.

AMBY:  Hello Die Mason Die, how have you been and what have you been up to lately?

DMD: Hello! We’ve all been pretty great, we spent the last weekend recording our new single, ready for late summer. And last week had a release out on Daniel Johnstons SPACE DUCKS LP. We are currently locked in the rehearsal rooms, getting ready to play the new songs live.

AMBY:  How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

DMD: An eerie and mournful funeral march of folk and indie.

AMBY:  What’s the story behind your lovely song Lost?

DMD: Lost was written about returning home after a long period of time and the brilliant but sometimes awful perception gained by this separation and ageing. All that once was needed and felt and yearned for, has been replaced in one’s absence, essentially lost.

AMBY:  What do you have planned as far as an album release goes?

DMD: We definitely feel we have a couple more smaller releases in us before we tackle the first album. We have a plethora of songs and ideas but we still have maybe 8 more months of throwing are bodies on the line before we decide on a label and a finished product.

AMBY:  Which three albums changed your life?

DMD: All members of DMD would answer this very differently, but myself ( Sam )

*Tom Waits – Raindogs
– Tom waits is a master of darkness. This album is so seedy. It’s the perfect 4 am ‘fuck everyone’ whisky drinking album. I listen to it endlessly

*The Smiths – Strangeways, here we come.
– Any smiths album could be in here, and ‘Strangeways’ is not most peoples favourite, but I find it the most ‘smiths’ album of them all, johnny marrs chord work is so upbeat and delightful whilst morriseys lyrics are darker and more desperate than ever. I loved this marriage of light and dark and it means everything to the way in which I write.

*Talk Talk – Spirit of eden
Spirit of eden is a beacon for true musicianship, talk talk shrugged of the major label pressure and took a massive risk of alienation, but a worthy risk as this is possibly the most beautiful and timeless thing ever recorded. When worried about shaving songs into something ‘radio worthy’ I listen to this. Then smile.

AMBY:  What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

DMD: I play an instrument called an omnichord, its a ancient auto-harp style keys instrument. It has some amazingly hilarious circus / waltz style drum beats. Halfway through a very dark and brooding song I accidentally turned this on. It was interesting.

AMBY:  Which artists have you been listening to lately?

DMD: Been loving the new Jim James album. He is stunning with My Morning Jacket but this album is so very groovy and ethereal.

AMBY:  What do you do outside of music for fun?

DMD: We all play football (soccer) every Sunday together and also enjoy a good pint of ale in the sun.

AMBY:  What song could you live without ever hearing again?

DMD: The ex girlfriends – we are the party

AMBY:  What has you excited for 2013?

DMD: A few more releases and a support tour towards autumn

AMBY:  If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

DMD: More people should be drinking tea rather than coffee. It’s a problem.

AMBY:  And last but never least, what’s something about Die Mason Die that nobody knows?

DMD: We often like to do punk covers of our own songs in rehearsals.

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Thanks a lot for giving us your answers!

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Katrin Kugler

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