The debut album of Painted Shield is available everywhere now on Loosegroove Records. Below you can find our interview with Mason Jennings, the singer of the band.
Hi Mason, it is a pleasure for us to have you and talk about your solo career and also about Painted Shield, the new group formed with Stone Gossard.
Hello, my pleasure.
Let’s start with your solo career began almost 25 years ago. Has this strange time influenced you to write new songs for your new album?
I’ve mostly been working on Painted Shield songs. I Am Your Country was written a few months into the pandemic and is me lyrically reflecting on the current times. We are also already working on new material, which is fun. Otherwise I’ve been painting as another creative outlet…
Painted Shield are Stone Gossard, Mason Jennings, Brittany Davis and Matt Chamberlain. Pearl Jam guitarist wrote the music while Mason Jennings took care of the lyrics. Other artists featured on Painted Shield album include Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Lonnie Marshall, Josh Freese, Om Johari and Jeff Fielder.
Born in Reggio Emilia in 1980. He created pearljamonline.it in 2001 and wrote the first edition of “Pearl Jam Evolution” in 2009 along with his wife Daria. He is collaborating with Barracuda Style and HvsR, he has collaborated with Rolling Stone, Rockol and Il Fatto Quotidiano. Since 2022, he is behind 2 podcasts: “Pearl Jam dalla A alla Z” and “Fuori Orario: Not Another Podcast”. He continues relentlessly to try to find “beautiful melodies that say terrible things”.
Favorite song: Present Tense
Favorite album: No Code
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Tom Waits, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Dead Kennedys