Bleeding Raven Interview 06/12/19
MM: Which two tracks would you play me to introduce us to your Band
Dean Mason: “The Cry of Simeon” and “Pontiff’s Nightmare”
MM: What can we expect from (band name) live
Dean Mason: Even if I wanted to tour, I can’t now…
MM: With so many Bands out there...How do you intend to stand out from the others?
Dean Mason: You’re right…so many bands/artists! It’s really difficult to “stand out”. I mean, you think you’re doing something different and then you see all these other artists doing something similar…so. But maybe the one thing that makes me a bit different is I don’t bow to the status quo and I don’t just vomit out the party line so to speak.
MM: When did you first realise you had such a musical talent?
Dean Mason: Who said I had talent? Liars! Big fat liars I tell ya. Hahahahahaha. So, if we reframe this question to mean, when did I first get the ‘virus’ to pursue music/recording noise?...I’d say when I was a kid in high school and then renewed in 2012. That’s when it got serious.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to and why?
Dean Mason: Gary Numan. But also Type O Negative in 2003. The early Numan concerts were absolutely mind blowing. The Type O Negative was powerful and raw.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Bleeding Raven.
Dean Mason: Well, since this is such a new project, I can’t boast of anything major yet. But I will say, that Cleopatra Records DID release this album “Darkness Consumed” and I’m ecstatic about that. They released one of my “Gnostic Gorilla” albums (St. Basil’s Asylum) back in 2018 and will release another Gnostic Gorilla album in 2020 that has already been finished since 2017. That’s an accomplishment. Cleopatra Records is an amazing label and to be on that label means a lot.
MM: Which are your Two favorite albums of all time and what they have meant to you personally
Dean Mason: “Dance” by Gary Numan. It’s one of the most unique albums ever recorded and it truly is what we would call ‘art’. It’s a fucking classic. The other one would be, “The Doors: In Concert”. I mean, I love everything The Doors have put out. (Numan as well) but that live album is absolutely a trip. I love the ad lib that Morrison did with the lyrics and how the band went along and adapted. It was truly an exercise in doing poetry and the music accompanied that effort. I especially love “Dead Cats/Dead Rats—Break On Through”.
MM: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time ?
Dean Mason: I don’t know to be honest. I really don’t know. And more or less and sadly, because I lost the hearing in my left ear COMPLETELY and the other ear is significantly challenged without a hearing aid…making music now is more or less not going to be possible. The right ear cannot be ‘fixed’ with a hearing aid. Not even an implant. We don’t know what caused it. So, more or less we will take it one day at a time. “Bleeding Raven” may be a ‘one release’ wonder. Hahahahahahaha
MM: Four words to describe Bleeding Raven
Dean Mason: Dark. Aggressive. Creepy. Haunting
MM: Can you tell me why we should check out Bleeding Raven?
Dean Mason: Because if you don’t, you will be cursed with craving Gummy Bears for five straight years and will become obsessed with Tiny Tim’s “Tip Toe Through The Tulips”. Hahahahahaha Ok, you want a serious answer then eh? Fine. Hahahahahaha Yeah, I think that this album “Darkness Consumed” is a powerful album and if you like dark and abrasive and weird and haunting…you’ll love this. It’s like a soundtrack for an Underworld movie or Queen of the Damned or something. It’s the one and only Bleeding Raven release but it’s probably going to be a classic of sorts.