“It really takes a certain amount of commitment to do it for this long,” he said.
Well into their career, the group hasn't lost sight of doing what they love. Now with Gordie Johnson on bass, along with Shaun Verreault leading the vocals and playing guitar, the group has released their 11th album.
“We've called the record 'No Bad Days' because it perfectly describes the experience we had making it,” Verreault said.
When the band rolls through Sudbury on a tour of western Canada, they'll be playing “a mix of old stuff from our catalogue of records, and lots of new stuff from our latest offering.”
Over the years, Javed said the constant that been the bands desire to push forward — something, he said, that will never change.
“I think we'll keep challenging the limits,” he said. “We try to make each record something we'd go out and buy.”
Of course, the attitude they bring to the stage will never change.
“Live shows are something we pride ourselves on,” he said.
Considering all the developments they've seen over the years, some consistency is a good thing. Javed said throughout Wide Mouth Mason's time on the scene, much has changed.
“The industry has been in a crazy transition,” he said. Technology changed much, especially people's ability to access music.
“(It gave) us and probably a bunch of musicians the opportunity to get exposure,” Javed said, making it “easier for fans to come find you.”
Of course, change also presented challenges — never so much that they couldn't overcome it though.
“We're lucky,” Javed said. “We have a band of three guys with lots of experience in the music business and a good team.
“If the past is any indicator, we'll keep doing what we do.”
On Oct. 2, Wide Mouth Mason is stopping at the Coulson Night Club. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Night Club, Records on Wheels and Guitar Clinic for $20, or at the door for $25. For more information, visit www.widemouthmason.com.