Mason Brothers

Mason Brothers

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"A revelatory listening experience, a new release that sounds absolutely timeless on first listen. The Mason Brothers have succeeded in wrestling new magic out of the universal, resulting in a new universe with a brighter sun, a higher moon and a deeper sea." (Richmond Times Dispatch)

Biography

The Sun, the Moon & the Sea is the first full-length album from Mason Brothers, and it showcases the brothers' acoustic leanings, with elaborate finger-picked guitars, splashes of lap steel, percussion, and piano. Also featured on this record are the brothers' stark, imagistic, yet hopeful lyrics. The debut has had critical acclaim, being described as "a revelatory listening experience, a new release that sounds absolutely timeless on first listen" (Richmond Times-Dispatch). The songs on The Sun, the Moon & the Sea have been described as "cinematic folk music...something a visionary movie director would do well to notice" (Catfish Vegas). Songs from this release will be featured on a new CBS drama this fall, and Mason Brothers plan to explore further opportunities in film and television.

Mason Brothers are currently playing shows in support of this release and will be working on a second full-length in 2008, this time turning up the volume with their six piece band.

The story of Mason Brothers begins with solo work of James Mason. In 2003, James released a solo album entitled Carnival Sky; several tracks on this record feature James’ brother, Christian Mason. The subtle beauty of Carnival Sky was affirmed in reviews from all over the United States, drawing favorable comparisons to the late Nick Drake, the late Elliott Smith, and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. The record even made a splash overseas, with reviews and orders coming in from as far away as Greece, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

The brothers went on to play a string of shows in Virginia, DC, and North Carolina, opening up for acts such as Magnolia Electric Company (Songs: Ohia) and Mates of State. Even without extensive touring the record made an impact, charting on CMJ reporting radio stations. Everyone involved was pleasantly surprised with the level and nature of the attention...attention created with minimal, grassroots publicity.

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Lyrics

May You Rise

Written By: J. Mason/C. Mason

I joined the army just to see if all they said was true
But I wasn’t sure just what I’d come to be
Holy days and lonely nights I spent among the dead
Camouflaged my longings from myself

And if you wait for the sunshine
You might wait for a while
And if you hate this feeling
You can hold onto me until it dies

I joined a crew of sailors who were headed for the end
To get the hell out of this holy war
But I was ordered overboard for speaking out of turn
I said “this ship is sinking” nothing more

And if you wait for the sunshine
You might wait for a while
And if you hate this feeling
You can hold onto me until it dies
And you rise
May you rise

I hopped a train in Richmond that was headed for the West
What’s left undiscovered, what’s been sold
Julius the engineer had lost both of his hands
Grab the wheel and have a drink, my friend

And if you wait for the sunshine
You might wait for a while
And if you hate these feelings
You can hold onto me until it dies
And you rise
May you rise

Ghost at the Wheel

Written By: C. Mason/J. Mason

Hey boy, mind your brain
The enemy’s a listenin’
They’re in your dreams, between the seams
And underneath the floor
Stop, freeze, on your knees
Some ghost is at the wheel now
Your hands are bound, don’t make a sound
It’s time for us to go

Hey girl, hide your eyes
There’s nothing more to see here
What’s lost was drowned, put underground
And left there not to grow
Stop, please, off your knees
Those words won’t change a thing now
Resign to love the stars above
And never be alone

Perched by the window
Staring down a drowning sun
A soldier grounds his bloody blade
And bids the dead a job well done

Strangers roll by
Shake their heads and move right along
But you just sit there
Hood up hazards on

Breaking through the window
Running down a drowning sun
The angel sets her wings ablaze
Now chase the smoke to kingdom come

Ready, Set, Go

Written By: J. Mason/C. Mason

Ready set go to the bridge at dawn
We’ll build a fire there, keep warm, then we’ll run
And which way will you choose
The flames upon your shoes
Gravity and water meet below

The sun is rising on us now, I know it
Fear catches wind now bleeding
Into this morning light, the wind is blowing
The bridge beneath us crumbles

And the time has come to move or not belong
This bridge has come to move us all along
Looking for some warmth where there is none
Floating on an iceberg in the sun

Our bodies fall, devoured in the sea
But our vision floats above this death we see
And which way will you choose
The flames upon your shoes
Gravity and water meet below

The sun is rising on this mess, I know it
Fear catches wind now bleeding
Into this morning light the wind is blowing
The bridge beneath us crumbles

And the time has come to move or not belong
This bridge has come to move us all along
Looking for some warmth where there is none
Floating on an iceberg in the sun

Hands on Fire

Written By: C. Mason/J. Mason

Will you choose to bury me beside you
Like some sacred seed in your garden
Reaching for the sun that bleeds above us

With hands on fire
I will try to make a bed where you can sleep
Sleep now
In an endless dream of all we could not keep

After autumn came and went the winter
Air was cold and blind
Breathing harder
We lie and curse the moon and pray for water

With hands on fire
I will try to make a bed where we can sleep
Sleep now in an endless dream of all we could not keep
Sleep now

Discography

LP "The Sun, the Moon & the Sea"