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- Posted on Apr 7th 2010 8:00AM by Matt Glazebrook
The indie-folk-electronica performer, who also recorded as King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, has told the Guardian that his mood swings thwarted the Beta Band's potential. He once infamously described the group's self-titled debut, and follow-up to breakthrough compilation disc 'The Three EPs,' as 'a crock of s---' in an interview.
Mason said his mental health problems worsened following the debt-ridden demise of the group in 2004 and culminated in self-harming and thoughts of suicide after the breakup of an eight-year relationship two years later.
"I wanted to be sectioned," he said. "With suicide, there's a point where you think you're going to [attempt] it for attention. But I got to the point where I was actually going to do it." Luckily, Mason's doctor refused to commit him into psychiatric care ("People can go into those places and never come back," he admits) and now, thanks to antidepressants and extensive hypnotherapy, the singer describes himself as "dangerously close" to happy.
Mason's first solo effort under his own name, 'Boys Outside' -- produced by pop wizard Richard X -- will be released on May 3, while the album's lead single, 'Lost and Found,' hits stores on April 19.
The Scottish musician also hints that he might eventually consider reconstituting his estranged first band. "I've always been against nostalgia," he said. "But one day it might feel right to tour those albums without the pressure I used to put on myself."