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Catching Up With…Louis St. August of MASS

Louis first off, some hearty congratulations to you and to Joey, Gene, Mike and Jeremy on “When Two World’s Collide”, which I believe musically is your strongest effort to date. You must be both thrilled and relieved at the same time at the initial responses/feedback the band has been receiving from both fans and media alike?

Thank you very much. Absolutely.  We’re really excited and overwhelmed at the response so far.  Old fans and new fans alike.  We knew we had something special but we didn’t expect this type of response on the whole.  The orders are pouring in from all over the world.

Now it’s been eight years since your last release “Sea of Black” and some might say what the hell took so long? But on the other hand given the quality of this release I would say to those critical of the delay hey the proof is in the pudding. Good things come to those who wait. How do you answer that question?

We’ve been writing here and there since the release of “Sea of Black” but I’d say in the past year and a half or so I’ve really encouraged the guys to get back in the studio to record a new album. So “WTWC” has only been in the works since early 2017.  I suppose each of us was guilty of being a bit lazy in the approach to “WTWC” but on the other hand we are all involved in the raising of our ever growing families and careers outside of music.  It’s a big commitment to get all 5 of us together on a fairly regular basis.  We used to get together 3-4 a times a week when we were 18/19 years old to work on new material.  We could travel to California or New York for gigs without much hesitation back then.  Now at this stage of our careers and personal lives that type of freedom/flexibility is limited.  So there wasn’t just a single factor in a nearly 8 year break in recording new music but we weren’t completely dormant during that period. We did record a single for “Outside Looking In” in 2015 an older song that I had brought back to the band because I thought it deserved new life.  We also recorded a few Xmas related tunes for our fans of which a portion of the sales of these songs went to Toys for Tots a charity near and dear to each of us in MASS. We sold them online at www.massrocks.com.  So we were very aware our fans were craving new music. But in the end I hope the fans feel the wait was worth it.        Read more