“I realise [now]how young and immature we were. Pink Floyd‘s Nick Mason has spoken out about the band’s initial reaction to founding member Syd Barrett‘s mental health issues and his eventual breakdown.
Syd Barrett’s prolific songwriting in his two years with the band helped shap Pink Floyd’s psychedelic sound and revolutionised rock music. He left the group in 1968 following a breakdown owing to acid-induced schizophrenia. He died from complications arising from diabetes in 2006, aged 60.
Mason has now described how the band were “young and immature” with regard to “coming to grips” with Barrett’s mental health issues.
Talking to Rolling Stone about ‘Bike’, one of his favourite Barrett-penned songs, Mason said: “The lyrics to this are so very Syd, astonishingly clever.
“It’s fun, but there’s a depth of sadness to them. When I listen to it now, I realise how young and immature we were and how hopeless we were at coming to grips with Syd’s breakdown.”
Mason continued: “So many songs were written by Syd in such a short time period. It was less than two years from out first public show in October of 1967.
“At that time we had only two or three original songs. And just about a year later, it was already sort of burning out.”
3Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London’s underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett’s leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. (to get more info about menthal healt read also How A Mental Health Diagnosis Can Be Empowering
4The early Sixties. Everything is up in the air, not least love, drugs and sex. A group of talented teenagers from academic backgrounds in Cambridge — Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour — are all keen guitarists and among many who move to London, keen to discover more of this new world and express themselves in it. Mainly in further education — studying the arts, architecture, music — they mix with like-minded incomers in the big city.