Massa Confusa are a very interesting band. Tonight’s gig and their SoundCloud recordings, suggest great potential for developing into a really considerable unit.
Sounding and playing with core elements of the finest post-punk bands (PiL and Magazine) the MC arrive tonight like well conditioned fighters. They have a clear confidence in their material, their vision and their musical abilities, a feat which is well supported by the fact that the Head of Steam seems to have no volume limit; not a bad thing when your music almost demands that it is played loud.
As a 2-piece, MC’s music centers around a pounding, dub-heavy, bass. Matt O’Brien demonstrates his competency by producing rumbling bass sounds which provide elements of darkness and claustrophobia- core ingredients to the overall purpose of the sound. O’Brien style suggests Tina Weymouth or Steve Severin, making intense music intimate and personable; difficult given the intense personal feelings on display tonight from main songwriter Ally Morton.
Morton’s songwriting is art-punk and combines musical elements of reggae, funk, punk, industrial and trip-hop. There are interesting sounds which create a sound that brings a claustrophobic, tight, paranoid feeling to proceedings. Tracks are titled ‘Secret’, ‘Faster’, and ‘Corrupted’ and supporting lyrics appear incredibly personal and introspective (‘Never give up, never regret’, ‘I’ve got a secret i won’t tell you, i’ve got a secret i won’t tell’). The lyrics sound easy to listen to, but in the wider context of the musical sound, they’re not; this is challenging music set to a tension between academic intelligence and natural instinct- something say akin to Howard Devoto, Robert Smith, or Thurston Moore.
Soundtrack samples are played between/ at the end of songs, linking the MC even closer to Magazine and their fascination at the time with John Barry.
This is a band with real potential.