MASTERS OF REALITY POST FIRST SONG FROM UPCOMING CD
July 1, 2009
The first song of the upcoming Masters Of Reality album Pine/Cross Dover has been added to the band’s new myspace site: www.myspace.com/mastersofrealityofficial. “King Richard LTH” is the first song released on the web.
Pine/Cross Dover will be released August 24 2009 through Brownhouse/Mascot Records and is available for pre-order at www.mascotrecords.com/index.php?cid=3&pid=263.
Chris Goss about Pine/Cross Dover:
“I did a rock n’ roll record this time – I was able to exorcise a lot of different styles of music that are really important in my life,” explains longtime Masters leader CHRIS GOSS. “And not just Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Beatles, or Black Sabbath. It’s a lot of everything on this record. But proud to say, not one acoustic guitar – it’s all electric and very rhythm oriented.”
And the album’s origins can be pinpointed to a simple question. “It was in 2008 that Ed van Zijl, who is the head of the label, wrote and said, ‘Do you feel like doing another record?’ So after a long period of recording it finally is done and I’m proud of it.” The outcome is the first-ever Masters of Reality album to feature long-and-winding free-form instrumentals. “The first one is called ‘Johnny’s Dream,’ which is a little nod to John McLaughlin,” explains Goss. “Because I’ve been listening to a lot of Mahavishnu in the last year. It’s music that’s been doing it for me lately. Pretty much improvised except for a melody figure that gets repeated.
The last song on the record is called ‘Alfalfa,’ and it’s a twelve-minute improvisation. It was the four of us – MARK CHRISTIAN, BRENDON McNICHOL, myself, and JOHN LEAMY. We’d never been in the same room before, and the twelve minutes that’s ‘Alfalfa,’ you’ll hear it. Honestly, it’s been a dream of my whole life to play music like that, the way it came out. There was no sketchbook, no plan whatsoever – we just plugged in and played, and what happens in that twelve minutes is a dream come true for me.”
However, not all of ‘Pine/Cross Dover’ is instrumental according to Goss, who picks two of his favorite rhythm-heavy tracks. “There’s a song called ‘Worm in the Silk,’ it’s kind of a dub-bass piece. There’s a nod to Public Image on this record – some of the ways the songs flow are bass and drum oriented like that. That song has a really long psychedelic chant on the end of it. There’s also this song called ‘Rosie’s Presence,’ that swings like ‘Presence’-era Zeppelin.”