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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s Ally Morton from experimental post-punkers Massa Confusa.

So Ally, how was your 2016?
On a band level, really good. We put out our 2nd album Two Man-Machine, put on 35 different bands over 13 gigs, played with 15 other bands over 9 gigs (including a short tour with Casual Threats!), released Massa Confusa Presents Compilation: Vol 2 and Skull Puppies 3rd EP Endless Dungeon Crawl, recorded with Nick Roberts for BBC Introducing, performed our first Massa Confusa acoustic show, launched my alternate solo Massa Confusa set, and featured on your 10th anniversary compilation!

What was your best moment of 2016?
Launching our new album was our best moment. We started recording it in 2015 and deliberately took our time over it, which is a difficult thing for us to do! To finally have it out is a massive weight off our shoulders.

And your worst moment?
We try to stay positive to so haven’t really had a worst moment, but the times we’ve been messed around by bands this year annoyed us a fair bit.

Your favourite band of 2016?
On a local level, Casual Threats. Not because we’ve toured with them, but because they have developed their live performance significantly and succeeded in putting out such a strong debut album. From further afield, Robacobra Quartet for their unique twist on jazz and punk.

Your favourite song of the year? 
Warpaint – New Song. Not because it’s the best song this year, but because it’s refreshing to see a band changing their sound for themselves and not for anyone else. I also enjoyed the concept of the album it features on; the band worked privately in pairs before sharing their work as a full 4 piece to finish the recordings.

Your favourite film? 
I haven’t really had time to pay attention to films this year, but I did enjoy the quirky remake of Ghostbusters, not really in terms of quality, but on nostalgic terms. I loved Ghostbusters as a kid.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Placebo’s 20th anniversary show at the Hydro in Glasgow. They played 25 songs of hits, album tracks and lesser played songs. They’ve had a huge influence on me musically, and to see them put on such a strong performance in 2016 and acquire a new generation of fans is amazing!

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
We’re planning a week of dates with Casual Threats again in April when we’ll also release Massa Confusa Presents Compilation: Volume 3. It will feature an eclectic mix of North East acts such as Kobadelta, Good Friend, Fret!, Casual Threats,Big Fail, Year of Birds and Preqwal, as well as bands from further afield like Nasty Little Lonely (Bristol), Damn Teeth (Glasgow),Jesus And His Judgemental Father (Leeds) and The Infinite Three (London).

I’ll also be releasing 3 digital EPs (which will be later collated as a physical CD album) of my collaborative electronic side project Five Pence Game. I have been working on this for over 2 and half years, so I’m really excited to finally let people here it!

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