Go Mason Go are a young new talent growing out of Glenfield, 2167, who among constant gigging, also managed to secure a spot on Homebake earlier this year, after winning Red Bull’s Bedroom Jam. We had a chat with frontman Jesse Taunton about Homebake, in-jokes you wouldn’t get, and stuff he wouldn’t tell his mum.
“Um… there are appropriate stories, and inappropriate stories.”
Jesse Taunton laughs when I ask him if he has any good tales from shows. “There’s stuff I would tell my mum, like crowd surfing… or making up whole verses on the spot, ‘coz you have a mindblank, stuff like that.”
It’s not surprising that he has at least a few inappropriate stories too. Still in high school, Go Mason Go are a neat embodiment of musical adolescence, mixing in youthful energy and sincerity with standard teenage recklessness. This precarious balance is a likely factor in things having moved quickly for the band since their forming in 2009 – the young five-piece already have two EPs under their belt. “We have a self titled EP that was released last year, and got air time on Triple J, which was pretty sick. We have recorded our second EP, and it’s in the stages of finalising mixes and mastering, so it shouldn’t be too long. We are going to release them as singles and have music videos accompanying them.”
The fruits of their tireless efforts finally peaked late last year when they managed to land a spot on the Homebake stages, making them one of the youngest bands to play the festival. “We won the Red Bull Bedroom Jam, and Red Bull flew us down to Melbourne to record for a week, and then we played at Homebake. We performed straight after DZ Deathrays and before Sticky Fingers, so we got to meet them and have a chat and whatnot. It was pretty cool.”
Amidst all this, it’s hard to remember that the guys still have classes to attend. While other young bands might find it difficult to balance keeping up their grades with their musical agenda, school is an integral part of Go Mason Go – most of the guys are boarding students at Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney’s South West, and accordingly, many of their songs are written in their dormitory jam sessions. “Yeah, it can be tricky sometimes, with getting homework done and whatnot. But it is pretty cool when you get weeks off school to record.”
Being in such constant close contact with his bandmates is an impact on Jesse’s songwriting. In between attending classes with them, to relaxing with them after school, to their session time in their dorms, the minutiae of their daily lives together inevitably seeps into their writing.
“The songs, lyrically, are not 100% serious… we write about experiences and inside things that happen to us. For example, lines that have meaning to us would seem random to someone else. But generally they are about hooliganism or anti-capitalist, progressive left wing views.”
“I personally love Tame Impala and Modest Mouse, so I am heavily influenced by that. So we usually write songs that we can head-bang to, and [that] have a sick vibe.
Go Mason Go’s still-untitled second EP is set to release sometime this summer. Keep up with the guys on their Facebook here.