British rock duo MASK are truly rolling as anticipation builds for their third studio album, ’Zenith’ (due for release on Friday, 4th August). Headed up by ‘H’ Humphrey (Belfast) and Craig Coppock (Liverpool), their last offering ‘Live for the Tease’ has been spinning on rotation across both Amazing Radio UK & USA, and rock publication Buzz Slayers praised that they were “riddled with character and a soulful swagger”.
All the support is duly deserved, and now they’re back with another new single – something different. A cover, in fact. Their own big, bolshy, beefy version of ‘Days’ by The Kinks. Produced by the band’s long-term collaborator Michael Mormecha, it’s a far cry from the sixties original, combining trademark atmospheric slabs of face-melting riffs with the heavenly gospel vocals of Kristen Rogers (Hozier).
In H’s own words: “Days was years in the making, much like every song on this forthcoming album. I always felt the lyric was pure poetry; a piece that wouldn’t go amiss if read out at a funeral of your very nearest and dearest – thank you for the days, those endless days, those scared days you gave me. With this poetic lyric – I wondered if we could take what Joe Cocker did with ‘Little Help From My Friends’ and do something similar with this Ray Davies composition. It was an idea that stayed in my head, and then I have lockdown to thank for finally giving me the space and solitude to figure out how we could finally make this happen. I worked meticulously on the arrangement because there was (and remains) a responsibility to handle this classic with care.”
Listen to ‘Days’ – BELOW:
MASK are currently in Europe, with Germany/Poland shows just around the corner. Keep your ears out.