Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Myztery’s new album, Cyber Superstar (to be released in early 2012), is more contemporary sounding than the band’s previous two releases, employing more drums and a greater reliance on keyboards. The result is no less dramatic and psychedelic and the lyrics remain spiritual and uplifting.
“Ultimately, we deal with themes of love and peace and those kinds of things,” says founder/frontman Pete Mason, who founded Myztery with his now-wife Cyndie, originally from Vancouver, BC but now from Chatham, Ontario.
It’s a complicated story, which led Pete to pen his autobiography, (scheduled for release in 2012). So Myztery continues to touch on real-life, personal encounters on their upcoming album which hopefully contain inspirational or cautionary messages.
The self-produced album features Pete and Cyndie, Mister Lee (Lead guitar). Special guests include guitarist David Sinclair (former guitarist with Sarah McLachlan), bassist Miles Hill ( former bass player with Van Morrison), Freaky Man (drums), Mimi (bass, harp), Bob Dickson (acoustic guitar and former bandmate with Diamond in Tyranny and Quantum Leap) and drummer Gino Gerussi on the track “Weapons of Love,” a song released in 2008 as an animated video by Davide Di Saro.
“’Weapons of Love’ was inspired by a suicide bombing in Israel probably three years ago,” says Pete “I’m part Jewish on my mother’s side even though I’m Catholic, and there was something about that suicide bombing by a Palestinian which prompted me to write the song.”
"Touch the Sky" is another powerful song that Pete wrote on mandolin outside a hospital room in Penetanguishene, Ontario, where Cyndie’s step-mom lay dying. “I sang the song for her the night before she died and I played it for her daughters and everybody was weeping,” he recalls. “It’s about reaching out and touching the sky.
"I Believe" (Later renamed "Power of Love") was written near the end of 4 months of touring from Vancouver, BC to Ontario. They were parked for several days in their Myztery tour bus at an RV park in Perth, Ontario to rest and plan a return route back to Vancouver, BC.
Pete notes, "It was a way for me to express my feelings about everything that went on during the tour: all the challenges, financial difficulties, our tour bus getting stuck almost 2 feet in a muddy field, almost maxed out VISA, and so on. .
Pete is a multi-instrumentalist known to pull out a range of instruments for Myztery, such as shofar, bamboo (ney) flute, kinnor harp, violin, cello, psaltery, lyre, fretless standup bass. His musical calling began at age 5 when he took piano, then, in grade 5, drums, then guitar. Cyndie started young as well and in Myztery plays keyboard, psaltery, kinnor harp, bass, Celtic harp and percussion. They both took similar paths, joining the church and performing music at various youth gatherings, retreats and conferences. They both released music independently, Pete seven solo albums and Cyndie one.
In 2004 Pete was recording the debut album by Myztery (then called The Mysteries) when guitarist Derek Mason invited Pete to help with vocals. “I fell in love with her at first sight,” recalls Pete. “I invited her to a party and then I wanted to date her. I told her when we went out for coffee that we were going to get married and she agreed with me.”
The band, as it stood, disintegrated and with Cyndie's visual eye for colours and images was resurrected as Myztery. They bought masks and costumes from Israel, Egypt and India, as well as from local clothing stores, costume shops, even Wal-Mart, Value Village and Shopper’s Drug Mart.
The band, which released its second album, Tempus Fugit, in 2008 (to be re-released in October of 2011 with updated music on some songs), intended those recordings to be listened to from beginning to end as complete experiences “like Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall, by the band Pink Floyd” notes Pete, so they warranted an equally over-the-top live concept, including as many as 10 costume changes. For the new album, however, Myztery toned it down. "We will have minimal special effects, lighting and costume changes, so we will make the show more contemporary.”
Myztery's song "Power of Love" (aka "I Believe") was on an earlier release of that album but the upcoming album has that song replaced by "I Believe," which features Cyndie, rather than Pete singing the song and has a very different arrangment with a slighly slower tempo and is transposed to the key of Bb from the original key of G.