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MASSES Tour Dates + Top Album Picks

MASSES are heading out on a North American tour starting here in Vancouver on the 9th, so we asked them to share their favorite record picks with us. We’re excited to see them at the tour kick off, and if they’re heading to your city make sure you are there to support…dates below!

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Band Pick
Killing Joke – Self Titled 

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This was literally the only LP we could all agree on, it was and is very influential on Masses sound.

 

Tessa – Bass
Blitz – Second Empire Justice

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I grew up on early Blitz, baby mohawked Tessa couldn’t get enough of Voice of a Generation. As I got older and discovered the post punk and goth classics, Christian Death, Joy Divison etc later era Blitz’s album Second Empire Justice is the one that stood out for me the most, and I can listen to over and over again and never get sick of it. You can very clearly hear, especially in the vocals and driving drum beats the Oi influence which gives the album such bite. I guess maybe also it’s a bit nostalgic for me, I was thrashing this album a lot when I was 19/20. I hadn’t gotten tied down with studying and work, was squatting with my best friend who now lives overseas, had just joined Masses and rode my bike everywhere. Honorable mention to Spectres – Last Days which is a very close second.

 

Ashleigh – Drums 
Wire – Chairs Missing

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The post punk album that I have spent the most time with, and that has influenced me in many different facets of music making, is Wire’s Chairs Missing. Released in ’78, it took more of a thoughtful approach on punk in terms of song writing, production and presentation. No ransom note lettering here. But what I really like about this record is the mood errs on the psychedelic side of things, exploring surrealism with a wink and tongue placed in cheek. ‘I feel mysterious today’ and ‘Marooned’ remind me of moments off The Pretty Things’ album from 10 years earlier, S.F. sorrow. ‘Heartbeat’ exhibits a perfect amount of restraint and subtlety and ‘Outdoor Miner’ is nothing but pure pop perfection. There’s still your energetic straight up punk numbers such as ‘Sand in your Joints’ and ‘Another Letter’ and the absurd chanty classic ‘I am the fly’ to yell along to. Lovely stuff.

 

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Nellie – Synth & Vocals 
This Mortal Coil – It’ll End In Tears 

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Owner of 4AD records and lots of appearance from Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Howard Devoto. Perfect range of eerie and ethereal to more standard post punk bangers. Also TWO big star covers. Absolutely classic album that stays with you forever. This album is also lovingly handled in The Doom Generation – I also wish I could crawl up inside this album.

 

James – Guitar & Vocals 
Vex – Sanctuary 

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Vex are a band I find myself constantly recommending to fans of a genre that they helped create. Sanctuary is a scolding post punk album that offers an experimental take on their contemporary anarcho punk scene. There is a balance of aggression and melody that, to me, has not been captured more perfectly than song like “Sanctuary” or “Rushing to Hide.”

 

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Sat July 9th – Vancouver

Sun 10 – Seattle

Mon 11 – Olympia

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Weds 13 – PDX

Fri 15 – Oakland

Sat 16 – SF

Sun 17 San Jose

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Mon 18 – LA

Tues 19 – LA

Weds – 20 – Merced

Sat 23 – New York

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Sun 24 – Pittsburg

Mon 25 – Columbus

Tue 26 – Detroit

Weds 27 – Chicago

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Fri 29 – Cinncinati

Sat 30 – Cleveland

Sun 31 – Toronto

Monday August 1st – Montreal

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Wed 3 – Boston

Thurs 4 – Philly

Sat 6th SLM

 

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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