BETA THAN BEFORE

Frontman Steve Mason reveals that the group were on the verge of breaking up...

THE BETA BAND‘s frontman STEVE MASON has revealed his group have come back from the verge of splitting and are planning to go into the studio in September to make a new album.

Mason has written 15 songs for the follow-up to last year’s eponymous LP and last week told nme.com: “It will be one of the greatest LPs of all time”. Last year the band famously branded their debut as “fucking awful” and “one of the worst records that’ll come out this year”.

The singer said: “I never want The Beta Band to be negative again and I’m just feeling pleased, very lucky that we’ve got a chance to make another album, because the last one tore my soul out. It’s going to be our happy third album.

“Packing it all in felt tempting but it would have been an insult to the people who are into what we do.”

While Mason reveals little about the new material he’s written, he claims the new album will be filled with “short, compact songs, to make everything high-impact and more instant”.

In the meantime, Mason releases his second King Biscuit Time solo EP on June 26 through Regal. Entitled ‘No Style’, it features four new tracks, ‘I Walk The Earth’, ‘Untitled’, ‘I Love You’ and ‘Time To Get Up’.

Full the full interview with Steve Mason, see this week’s NME, out nationwide from today (June 14).

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