The Peoples Mass

The Peoples Mass was a psychedelic rock band who formed around 1964 and played around the North East until 1967.  The lack of apostrophe in their name is deliberate, in reference to the then outwardly respectable Peoples Temple Christian Church Full Gospel, run by infamous cult leader and murderer Jim Jones.

Their stage personae played up to the ecclesiastical nature of their name, with each member referring to eachother only as "Brother" on stage.  It is unclear to what extent they were influenced by German/American band The Monks↗.  

Original Lineup

"Brother George" - George Brallisford: vocals

"Brother Frank" - Frank Warnes: lead guitar

"Brother Fred" - Frederick Foster: rhythm guitar

"Brother Edward" - Edward Clark: bass, vocals

"Brother James" - James "Jumbo" Woodward: drums

Fred Foster died suddenly in 1965, having drowned after getting tangled in a line while stealing lobster pots. He was not replaced

I Can Hear A Siren (1966-1967)

The following recording is of the band rehearsing, possibly in The Rainbow Coffee Bar↗ in Seaton Carew, where James Woodward had an arrangement with the owners, Ken and Marjorie Tyzak.  

The song is a reworking of the local folk song, I Can Hear A Siren.  Only one guitar is evident, which would date the recording after Foster's death in 1965. 

I Can Hear A Siren - The Peoples Mass
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An earlier recording of the folk song can be heard here.  The ostinato of the guitar also features in "Waves" in Gaynor Leigh's Piano Primer.

Interview with George Brallisford, c1964

An partial interview with George Brallisford, intended for UK music magazine Beat International but never published (reasons unknown), can be heard here, with full transcription.

Freak Out

The above image shows The Peoples Mass engaging in a "Freak Out" in an unidentified club, almost certainly in 1967.  Further photographs and sound recordings of this event are forthcoming.