The new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, started performing in May with a set based on early Pink Floyd material. Their shows were mostly small-scale for more intimate sessions.
“Lee Harris, who used to play for the Blockheads, had the idea. He pointed out that no one plays the really-early Pink Floyd material, and also that no one ever asks Nick Mason to do anything. David Gilmour doesn’t ask him to play and Roger Waters doesn’t ask him to play, but this is one thing that Nick completely owns and that no one else can really do," said Pratt.
“We did a single rehearsal in this little room, which was hilarious because I’ve only ever been in an aircraft hanger with Nick. We rehearsed for a week and then did those four shows. He adds, "I don’t think any of us were ready for the reaction, although we knew we had a good band. There were five-star reviews everywhere.”
The first show was “totally punk and totally fresh" according to Pratt. “‘Interstellar Overdrive’ has one of the greatest punk riffs ever written. ‘Bike’ is fucking bonkers. ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun’ is the greatest song that Joy Division never wrote.”
“On ‘Bike,’ I’ve actually invented a time signature called ‘Syd/4'. You couldn’t count it if you tried, because it has so many different time signatures within it. Nick sails through it, though. He gets it in a way that no other drummer could because no other drummer played with Syd Barrett.”
The band will be touring the UK next year, with five shows planned for April and May.