Electronic post-punk duo Massa Confusa are stalwarts of the Newcastle DIY scene, clocking up a bewildering array of releases, compilations, live gig nights and side-projects aplenty. The hard-working duo of Ally Morton and Matt O’Brien are at it again this month, with the release of the third in their digital compilation series, featuring tracks by thirty-four acts from the North East and beyond. An accompanying limited edition full colour zine created by Matt is also up for grabs.
Available from the band’s Clarty Cat Records, bands featured on the compilation include rock behemoths Kobadelta, the seductively awesome sounds of Velvoir, fuzzed-up trio Cheap Lunch, space rockers Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska and a very special outing from Massa Confusa themselves. Other prominent local names like Slurs, Casual Threats, Cellar Door, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind, Miss Danby & The What, The Golden Age of Nothing, Year Of Birds, Good Friend, Twist Helix and Cave Suns also feature, making for a varied and interesting collection.
As with everything Massa Confusa do, you can be assured of quality tunes and a riotously good party, as they celebrate the album’s launch at The Tanners Arms in Newcastle on Saturday 8th April. Performing alongside them on the night are Stockton’s premier post-punkers Casual Threats, grungy Liverpool alt-pop act Disastronauts, and pop punk songwriter Sleepwalk (aka Jack Fallows of Skull Puppies), with bangers and beats provided by Endless Window after the live acts.