On the run with the Masterless Men
Peter Green new bass player for popular NL band
As a sound engineer with Pro Audio out of Upper Island Cove, Peter Green has handled sound for the Masterless Men plenty of times.
The 22-year-old from Victoria knows how the renowned Newfoundland musicians like their instruments to sound when they’re on stage.
“I’ve done maybe three or four of their shows,” said Green when contacted last week by The Compass. “We had a working relationship.”
In mid-February, that working relationship became a musical one when Green signed on to become the permanent bass player for the Masterless Men.
The opportunity came up after the band’s bassist Robert Kelly left for an opportunity in Korea.
When the news hit, Green decided to throw his hat in the ring, or bass on stage rather.
He auditioned, showing off his chops and talking business with the group, and waited.
“I thought my audition went really good,” he said. “Everyone who had interest in (the job) are stupid good players.”
It went well enough that the band decided to give Green the spot. It was a call he didn’t quite expect to receive, but was more than happy to accept when he got the offer.
“It’s quite the honour,” said Green, who also splits time with Irish-outfit Rum Ragged. “I was surprised. A young fella that was competing against players who have been around forever.”
Thrown in the fire
While he officially came on board with the band in February, he had to wait a couple of weeks until he could make his on-stage debut with the band.
That trial by fire came during one of the busiest party weeks of the year, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day.
“I definitely got thrown in the fire,” said Green.
It meant a show a night with his new group, and included a highly anticipated gig at the Holy Heart Theatre onMarch 15.
“That was a massive show,” Green said. “It was kind of that I’ve made it moment. Holy Heart hit me in a different way.”
The Masterless Men are in the midst of their 25th year together as a band. They’ve produced a dozen or so records in that time and have graced plenty of stages near and far.
During that time, they’ve also have a large catalogue of songs to pick from.
“I was familiar with a lot of their material before,” said Green. “There are still a scatter bum notes here and there, but I’m still learning.”
With the band celebrating a significant milestone, Green is happy to be along for the ride. He’s not sure if the band is planning to produce a new record to celebrate it, but he’d be more than honoured to play on one.
“Just to be documented on stage with the group is cool enough, but to be permanent on a record would be another game altogether,” said Green.
Victoria’s Peter Green is the newest member of the Masterless Men.