Saturday, 22 March 2014

1334Bats Interview with Masses

 I recently interviewed Tessa from Masses, a Melbourne based band.

Let’s start at the beginning, how long have Masses been around and how did you come together?

Tessa: Masses officially began in January 2013, we played our first show in mid Feb I think, the week after we hastily recorded our demo tape in a home studio. The band initially began when James (who now does vocals but then also played guitar) and Ryan (our original drummer) were waiting around for members of another noisy punk band they were in. Mostly out of a shared love for Rudimentary Peni and Killing Joke, out of that came a 2 piece hard out anarcho band. Soon afterwards Christi (the original synth player) joined and shortly after I met James for the first time. I kept hassling him until he let me join the band to play bass, haha. As more members joined the sound changed from the initial hard and fast anarcho sound into a more post punk/goth vibe, but still sticking firmly to it’s anarcho punk roots.

Has the line-up changed at all? Who’s currently involved and what instruments do you play?

Tessa: James and myself are currently the only original members of Masses, he started off playing guitar and singing and now is just doing vocals when we perform live, I’ve always played bass. We’ve had a few drummers but currently Tom is our drummer, Sam has taken over playing lead guitar and Jen is our most recent addition, she plays synth and does vocals on some of our songs.

What influences you both personally and as a member of Masses?

Tessa: Of course a lot of 80’s bands like The Mob, Killing Joke and Xmal Deutschland are my obvious choices but honestly the band that got me most into the genre and that’s also one of my all time favourite bands is Spectres. I was travelling in 2011 and saw them play in Vancouver and they have been a huge influence musically on me ever since. In saying that, James writes pretty much all of the music for Masses and I know his initial and primary influences for the band were Rudimentary Peni, The Mob, Vex & Flux of Pink Indians.

Using only three words, how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard Masses before?

Tessa: Punk for Goths… Or maybe Goth for Punks? Haha I don’t know 3 word descriptions are hard. James would say Anarcho-Post-Punk.

You’ve just finished your 7” tour around Australia where Masses played in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth as well as your home town of Melbourne. How do you feel you were received in each state and how did the shows compare?

Tessa: I had so much fun on the tour, I feel like we got to play with so many of my favourite bands in Australia. I felt really positive about every show we played. All of the shows had great turnouts and we had heaps of fun in every city, despite almost melting from the heat in Brisbane. The highlight for me personally was the Saturday night Perth show at 208, we played with Prag, Nervous Trend and Warthreat, 3 of the best bands in Australia at the moment I think, and the space was really cramped and wild to play. We definitely had a lot of variety of show lineups, like playing with Multiple Man, Occults and Bat Nouveau in Brisbane with much more of a goth vibe and then a pretty much completely grindcore bill at Blackwire in Sydney, but that’s what I loved about the tour we played heaps of mixed bill shows with most of Australia’s best bands from all different genres.

If Masses could play a show with five bands of your choice, who would you want to share the stage with?

The Mob
Killing Joke

Phill Calvert of The Birthday Party recorded and mixed the Horde Mentality EP. What was it like to work with Phill?

Tessa: Phill was amazing, he really put the fear of god in me and Ryan and made us improve 10 fold on our instruments after seeing us rehearse the first time we met. Recording with Phil improved us as musicians immensely, well speaking for myself at least. He was very professional but also a really lovely funny guy, recording in his Baptist Church turned home studio surrounded by Birthday Party, Boys Next Door & Psychedelic Furs paraphernalia was a bit of a fantasy come true. We really can’t thank Phill enough and hope to record again with him as soon as possible.

Are any of you currently involved in any other projects that you would like to mention?

Tessa: Nearly all members are involved in other musical projects, I play bass in a powerviolence band called Putkah, Sam the guitarist also plays guitar is a psychedelic rock band called the Ten Cent Pistols, Tom drums in another Melbourne punk band called Gentlemen and Jen sings in a cross coast (she lives in Melbourne, the rest of the band live in Perth) post punk band called Nervous Trend. I’m filling in on bass for Nervous Trend on their upcoming European tour in June/July.

What is next for Masses? Do you have plans to tour internationally in 2014?

Tessa: We have so many plans, but nothing is set in stone right now. We’re going to play Punkfest in New Zealand this year and following that a few shows in the North Island as well. Tentatively we have plans to reschedule our tour to South East Asia for January/February 2015. We originally had plans to go there in June this year but with the Indonesian general election and Ramadam overlapping our prospective dates, it became too much trouble to make it work in the end. We are going to start recording again in the coming months for future releases.

Thank you Tessa!
 You can find out what Masses are up to next by 'liking' their Facebook page

You can download Horde Mentality from the Masses Bandcamp
Order physical copies of Horde Mentality 7" from
Blow Blood Records (AUS/NZ/SEA)

Rust and Machine Records (USA/EUR)

Interview by DJ Xerstorkitte

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The Best Australian Deathrock Releases of 2013

Rule of Thirds – s/t
5 piece goth/punk band from Adelaide.

Nervous Trend – Demo cassette
Punk/goth/post-punk band from Perth.

Lakes – Blood of the Grove
Post punk/folk from Melbourne.

Occults – s/t
Goth/deathrock/swamp rock from Brisbane.

Masses – Demo cassette
4 piece post punk/anarcho/dark wave band from Melbourne. 

Also worth a mention is Bat Nouveau's "What Has Been Now" which was released in late 2012.
Bat Nouveau are goth/deathrock band from Brisbane.

 Written by DJ Xerstorkitte

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

DJ Xerstorkitte - Track of the Week

“Eisbär” (Ice Bear) by the Dark Shadows is a cover version of Grauzone’s 1981 cult hit song.

The Dark Shadows are an all female 3 piece band from Sydney, Australia. They have toured throughout Australia, USA, UK, Europe & Japan playing alongside Skeletal Family, Christian Death and many more. The Dark Shadows have also appeared at international festivals including Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) & Whitby Gothic Weekend UK.

 I've been playing this track whilst DJ’ing at clubs in various states over Australia and so far, it has been very well received. It’s the kind of song that after listening, you’ll find yourself humming along a few days later!

“Eisbär” is available on the new LP "Autumn Still" through the official website

Be sure to check out our full review of the album, coming soon to 1334Bats!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

1334Bats at HEXX - Setlist


KILL (8.30-9.15):

Premature Ejaculation - Red
SPK - In Flagranto Delicto
The Haxan Cloak - Burning torches of despair
Locrian - At night's end
Funerary Call - Words of Power
Einsturzende Neubauten - The Garden
Laibach - How the west won
Death in June - Rule again
Foetus - Don't hide it provide it
Swans - Blind

BOXER (9.15-10):

Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Test Dept. - Pulsations 1
Clock DVA - The sonology of sex II
Death in June - The calling (mkII)
Coil - Ostia (the death of Pasolini)
Lydia Lunch and Rowland S Howard - Some velvet morning
Madre Del Uizio - Un Mondo Dove
Bauhaus - Double dare
Leitmotiv - Philosophy
Every thee Dead Ghost - Miranda
Deathride 69 - State of Decay


KILL (10.30-11):

Heirs - Drain
Palesketcher - Can I go now?
Cocteau Twins - Garlands
//Tense// - Work hard short life
Zola Jesus - Night
Light Asylum - Dark allies
Big Black - Kitty Empire
Fad Gadget - Collapsing new people

BOXER (11-11.30):

Click Click - Yakutska
Agent Side Grinder - The screams
Lars Folk - Hello hello
New Order- 1963
Trisome 21 - The last song
Eleven Pond - Watching Trees
Harry - Geneva

KILL VS BOXER (11.20-12):

Cabaret Voltaire - I want you (KILL)
Lords of the new church - Dance with me (BOXER)
Jesus and Mary Chain - Penetration (KILL)
Lebanon hanover - Die World (rough cut demo) (BOXER)
Iggy Pop - Funtime (KILL)
last song.....The Birthday Party - Nick the stripper (KILL)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

1334Bats at The Crypt - Setlist

Sets by DJ Boxer @ The Crypt - Cue Bar, Mt. Lawley, Perth, Western Australia

Set 1:

Mind In A Box - What Used To Be (Peter Rainman's Turning Point Rmx)
Das Ich - Dem Ich Den Traum
Lords Of The New Church - Dance With Me
Until December - No Gift Refused
Deathcamp Project - Rule and Control
Young Gods - Skinflowers
The Cramps - Human Fly
45 Grave - Evil
Christian Death - Figurative Theatre
Sisters of Mercy - A Rock And A Hard Place
Alien Sex Fiend - Dead and Re-Buried
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Killing Jar
Soft Cell - Memorabilia

Set 2:

Tiga & Zyntherius - Sunglasses At Night
Ministry - Revenge
The Smiths - Still Ill
Au Pairs - It's Obvious
Schwefel - Metropolis
The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Camouflage - The Great Commandment
Human League - Don't You Want Me
NIN - Capital G (Streetlab remix)
RATM - Killing In The Name Of (SebastiAn remix)
Depeche Mode - Precious (Disco mix)

Friday, 16 March 2012

1334Bats Podcast - Volume 10

Mixed by DJ Boxer

Deathride 69 - State Of Decay
Madre Del Vizio - Angst
Tanzkommando Untergang - Dr Guillotine
Paralisis Permanente - Adictos de la Lujuria
The Mescaline Babies - Skeleton Kids
Eat Your Make-Up - I Was The Murderer
Marc Almond & Andi Sex Gang - The Hungry Years
The Birthday Party - Nick The Stripper
Swans - Fool
Venus In Furs - All Night Party
Agent Side Grinder - Voice Of Your Noise
Pins And Needles - Sitcom
Joy Disaster - Yesss Yess Yes
The Merry Thoughts - You Came
The Sisters Of Mercy - Flood II

Sunday, 18 December 2011

1334Bats Podcast - Volume 9

Mixed by DJ Boxer

Au Pairs - It's Obvious
Ministry - Revenge
Ulterior - Catherine
Schwefel - Metropolis
Götterdämmerung - Bleeding Wooer
The Merry Thoughts - Second Generation
Lebanon Hanover - Die World II (Rough Demo Cut)
Fehlfarben - Tanz mit dem Herzen
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Hand on Heart
Killing Joke - We Have Joy
Twisted Nerve - Seance
Sex Gang Children - Into the Abyss
Soviet Soviet - Bulgary
The Southern Death Cult - Vivisection
Kabuki - My Hair

Saturday, 19 November 2011

1334Bats Podcast - Volume 8


Mixed by DJ De Ville

Psychic TV - Foggy Notion
Adam & The Ants - Physical (You're So)
Morrissey - Disappointed
And Also The Trees - Virus Meadow
The Bolshoi - Rome In Clover (Call Girls)
Bone Orchard - Fats Terminal
The Chameleons - Don't Fall
Echo & The Bunnymen - People Are Strange
Bosque - Utreise
The Cassandra Complex - Presents (Come of Age)
Christian Death - Figurative Theatre
The Cure - End
Gary Numan - Dark

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The Mission - Brixton o2 Academy - 22nd Oct 2011

Review by DJ Boxer
Location: Brixton o2 Academy - London, UK
Bands: Gene Loves Jezebel, Fields of the Nephilim, The Mission


With the tube line to Brixton being closed (surprise, surprise), the large majority of fans were forced to take replacement buses to the venue. After arriving via the short bus trip with goths packed in like sardines, the fans departed the bus only to see that the line for the entrance into the sold-out gig went around the block.

Gene Loves Jezebel:

Unfortunately for a large number of fans (including myself), Gene Loves Jezebel played the majority of their set while we stood in line waiting to get in. Only managing to catch the last song, there were no surprises as to what it was – of course they ended their set with Desire. The crowd seemed to enjoy it with a few keen fans joining in. As upsetting as the delay was, it was great to see GLJ playing again as they do consistently put on an entertaining show.


(no-one was in the venue while they were playing)

Fields of the Nephilim:

They took to stage just after 8pm with McCoy appearing after the introductory song. At times it appeared as if the smoke machine had been left on for a little too long with the smoke being so thick that you couldn't actually see the band. Although having said that, it did do quite well in providing an appropriate atmosphere together with the lighting. I wish better things could be said about this performance as the songs themselves were well performed, however, the levels from the sound desk weren't set correctly which meant that the best place to hear the band was by the bar and I think this is what lead to quite a few of the fans being disappointed overall. As one fan to whom I spoke to on the train said, "they never quite climaxed."

Straight to the Light
Preacher Man
From the Fire
Last Exit for the Lost

The Mission:

After a brief respite at the bar, the crowd seemed to flood in to get a good spot inside the venue (including the shirtless, sweaty ones pushing their way through). The gig kicked off on an amusing note with the theme song of the movie Damnbusters playing as the members walked on stage, followed by Hussey strumming the opening for Beyond the Pale under the banner of the bands logo. As they progressed through the songs, there were points during which some fans were scampering onto each other's shoulders to get either; a better view, to be the centre of attention or just to have that close intimate moment with their fellow fan. The crowd continuously sang through a majority of the songs to the point where (from my vantage point) it was almost as audible as the house PA, especially throughout songs such as Severina and Butterfly on a Wheel. Besides it being the 25th anniversary of the day that Craig and Wayne parted ways with Sisters of Mercy, this performance was made even more memorable by the announcement that The Mission will be going on tour again in 2012.

Damnbusters Intro
Beyond the Pale
Hands Across the Ocean
Serpents Kiss
Naked and Savage
Garden of Delight
Butterfly on a Wheel
Stay With Me
The Crystal Ocean

Encore 1:
Like A Hurricane
Tower of Strength

Encore 2:
Blood Brother

All Photos © 1334Bats - DJ Boxer email for use.