This was a pretty weird Monday Night Mass. For both of the acts that I recorded, you really needed to be there in the room to get the proper experience. I’ll go into more detail under the individual artists, but both of these recordings only partially reflect what was going on at the time as both sets had a very strong visual element. Both sets were recorded from center stage in the middle of the room and sound great.
Assad is a new project from Ben Andrews (My Disco, Agents Of Abhorrence, Kangaroo Skull), described fairly accurately as “reflective Arabic drone music”. For this set Assad turned all of the lights in the band room off and filled the entire place with fog from a fog machine – at one point it was so thick that you couldn’t see more than a couple of feet in front of your own face. This sensory deprivation was coupled with the sensory overload of the drone, loud and hypnotic, that was occasionally broken up by a vocal or drum sample. It was quite the experience.
Total time 26mins
Home Travel is a new project from Johann Rashid (East Link) and Will Farrier (Absolute Boys). Prerecorded drum backing tracks overlaid with bass guitar, synth and simple, almost chant-like, vocals. For almost the entire set Johann was moving around in front of the stage; furiously dancing to the beat, climbing on top of the bar, doing handstands. The whole thing was made even weirder by Will’s stage presence, gyrating around the otherwise empty stage with has bass guitar whilst at he same time managing to appear to be thoroughly bored by the whole experience. Not to mention Johann’s absurd between-song banter. Very strange – thoroughly enjoyable, very fucking strange.
Total time 25mins