Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with Hightown Pirates founder and curator Simon Mason. With the release today of his latest album, ‘Welcome to Wilderness Hill’, Simon continues his musical, and personal, evolution of revolution with the reflectiveness of someone who has learned, loved, and lived their life through the lens of experience.
With the release, today, of his latest album, ‘Welcome to Wilderness Hill’, there is that sense of quiet accomplishment and natural growth only found in a true artist. The classic Hightown Pirates is there in all of it’s glory, but the evolution is present in each track. That diversity and passion shows a true love for music as each note claims it’s place and every lyric gives the aura of a poet.
In today’s interview, we talk with Simon about the new album and the future of Hightown Pirates and where his current headspace is professionally and personally, the indie music he is discovering, such as Lack of Afro‘s new album ‘Square One’ (listen HERE).
To say that Simon Mason is an influence to me, both as a musician and a person, would be an understatement. I think he will always be a mentor to the masses and an artist that stays true to their vision.
Check out our other features with Hightown Pirates HERE.
About Hightown Pirates
Hightown Pirates is the band formed by Simon Mason. His friendship with Mick Head (Shack) sowed the seed, conceived in Liverpool, took their first steps in opening for Mick Head in Hackney, went on adventures in Europe with The Libertines in 2016, then onstage with Peter Doherty in the Spring of that year.
Simon Mason is best known for his critically acclaimed book Too High Too Far Too Soon, where he recounts his numerous decadent adventures at Glastonbury Festival and the notoriety that came during his stint as personal chemist to the biggest bands of the ’90s.
As a ‘collective’ the various musicians who have contributed to the Hightown Pirates project, have over time, worked with and appeared on recordings with (in no particular order) Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, Michael Head (Shack), Gang Of 4, Death In Vegas, The Coral, Super Furry Animals, Van Morrison, Adele, Noel Gallagher, James, Cast, Paul Weller and The Rolling Stones.
With the lyrical nous of Lou Reed, the melodic whirlpool of The Stone Roses, the anthemic splendor and dream-driven energy of early Oasis sharing a drink with the young soul-rebels era Dexys that was poured by Merry Clayton, Hightown Pirates are a multi-gender, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, wall of sound that will leave you singing their songs all the way home because they are your songs too.