PINK FLOYD‘s Nick Mason interview and reveals Syd Barrett‘s emotions. Mason also talks about early music material and the original band members.
Syd Barrett is the PINK FLOYD‘s member between 1965 and 1968. Then he left the band due to struggles with mental situations that he fighted until the death of his life in 2006. The band drummer Nick Mason revealed what happens between this years. He interviews before his upcoming “Live at the Roundhouse” album due September 18th, 2020. You can also watch in this project Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Dom Beken and Lee Harris exploring Pink Floyd’s rich pre-Dark Side of the Moon discography with lost once-lost “Vegetable Man” song.
During this interview with UCR, PINK FLOYD’s drummer Nick Mason says:
“That is sort of extraordinary. It’s sort of unfinished work, really. It’s that thing about whether one should put more into it or whatever. But in a way, it’s a nice little cameo of what Syd did. One of the strange things, looking at Syd’s work, is the variety of music styles. Because some people, I think, point at “Vegetable Man” as a sort of early punk thing in a way, which it is. It’s got that driving four-to-the-floor sort of beat.
But also then there’d be the rural, almost fairy story – “Gnome,” “Scarecrow”-a type of song. Or “Bike” even. And then there’d be some wilder songs like “Interstellar Overdrive,” with improvised sections and, for rock ‘n’ roll, really unusual things where the rhythm breaks down and you’re left with a sort of soundscape for maybe five or 10 minutes.”
Nick Mason also talks about Syd Barrett:
“I think there’s a lot of mixed emotions with the whole Syd thing. Because in some ways, he was so smart in so many ways. I think there’s a bit of sadness now looking back on it – and a little bit of guilt. Not really guilt, but we handled Syd very badly. We had no idea – and still don’t really know – what the real problem was, whether it was LSD or whether it was something in his character anyway. Or whether, in fact, he was probably clearer than we ever perceived and he just didn’t actually want to be in a band, necessarily.
While we thought if he didn’t want to be in a band, it was a sign of madness – because we were all at that point, absolutely committed to doing it. But I think he maybe just thought, “Well, I’ve done that. I don’t really want to do anymore of it.” But instead of just going … we should have probably let him go much earlier or separated from him earlier. But as I say, we had no idea at the time.”
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