Recorded at BLIGHT, the home studio where Schurr lives with Br’er’s core
members, Erik Sleight (Synths, Electronics), and Ben Usie, (Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Electronics), Masking became a collective entity more than simply a band. It was here the principle members enlisted Darian Scatton (who has played with Br'er since their inaugural release), John Dilascio, engineer Peter Larkin and Simmone Shuffett to execute an “anything
goes” approach to production. Ultimately this included everything from found sounds of firecrackers to knives and vibrators on metal. This juxtaposed with hardware synths, autoharps and whatever else they could get their hands on, lead to the final result of a unique sonic landscape and intense visceral noise pop record.
The term masking comes refers to a close friend of Schurr’s who experienced bi-polar episodes yet refused to be medicated. Unbeknown to him was his friend’s ability to mask the this state of mind, or as Schurr puts it, “hide his mania.” “This masking stuck with me,” he recalls. “I started thinking about the various ways people and facets of society mask themselves. Hiding behind a charm and a smile which is the underlying theme of the record.” The track “Liars Mask” is the first acknowledgement of this central motif while experiencing it from a series of various perspectives. Each verse is conveyed through the eyes of a different
narrator confessing their own internal conflicts ranging from mania, sexual abuse, misogyny, gender identity, to apathy.
released October 13, 2015
Benjamin Schurr, John Dilascio, Erik Sleight, Ben Usie, Darian Scatton, May Tabol, Simone Shuffett, Peter Larkin, Melinda DiChenko, Evan Sult, Paige Bruebeck