Adam Masterson released the rocking “Bad Luck Baby,” the first single from his upcoming EP, Delayed Fuse, during July. Now he’s fleshed it out with a video, premiering exclusively below, that depicts the British-born singer, songwriter and guitarist tearing through the track in a Bronx warehouse.
“That was fun, shooting that,” Masterson tells Billboard. The EP, due out this fall, brings Masterson back to the recording fore for the first time since his influential 2003 release One Tale Too Many, an interim during which he’s played and toured with many others. The new music was born when Masterson met James Hallawell (Graham Parker, the Waterboys) at a London pub during 2014, and at the producer’s suggestion they began working on material in Hallawell’s studio — which happened to be right around the corner from where Masterson grew up.
“Initially I thought maybe we’d write together, and we did that,” Masterson remembers. “Then I started playing him some of the other songs I had (including ‘Bad Luck Baby’) and he got really into that. He’d heard of the record I’d done before and investigated it and was into that as well, and that’s what sparked this recording process.”
The core band for the project included drummer Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Ryan Adams) and his twin brother Paul (the Black Crowes, Oasis) on guitar, along with bassist Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page). “It was quite bizarre ’cause I’d always heard these people’s names in the neighborhood but never met them,” Masterson says. “All of a sudden there they are, making records with you. They’re very creative and can really react to each other. There’s something fresh about capturing that. The songs really came alive.” Subsequent sessions also included mainstay Peter Gabriel guitarist David Rhodes, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and mandolin player and violinist Peter Tickell, who’s worked with Sting, among others.
Masterson has continued to play shows and write songs since the Delayed Fuse sessions; he says it won’t be another 16 years before new music from him surfaces — in fact, he’s hoping for an album in 2020 — but mostly right now he’s looking forward to putting out what he’s already done. “I’ve spoken to everyone (the musicians) recently, and they’re all excited about it, asking how it’s gone and when it’s gonna come out,” notes Masterson, who self-funded the project. “I feel extremely fortunate; They’re not only great musicians but wonderful, great human beings playing on this stuff, too, and it was so much. There’s no big manager behind this, or record company. I was paying people cash on the day. They were doing it because they liked the songs, and that gave it a good energy. I think you can hear that on (the recordings), so I’m excited for people to start hearing it.”