Mass (English band)

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Origin England
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1980–1981
Labels 4AD
Associated acts Rema-Rema
The Wolfgang Press
Renegade Soundwave
Past members Gary Asquith
Mick Allen
Mark Cox
Danny Briottet

Mass were an English post-punk band. The band consisted of Gary Asquith, Mick Allen, Mark Cox, and Danny Briottet. Asquith, Allen and Cox had been members of Rema-Rema.[1][2] Mass released the "You And I" 7" in 1980 on the 4AD label.[3][4] They released the Labour of Love LP in 1981, also on 4AD, which saw comparisons made with Joy Division and The Birthday Party.[4] It spent five weeks on the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 19.[1]

Mass broke up in 1981.[5] Asquith and Briottet went on to form Renegade Soundwave, whilst Allen and Cox formed The Wolfgang Press.[3] Labour of Love was reissued on CD in November 2005, with the two tracks from the single included. It was reissued on vinyl by Desire Records in 2011.



  • Labour of Love (1981), 4AD
"Mass"/"Why"/"III"/"Why"/"Isn't Life Nice"/"Elephant Talk"/"F.A.H.T.C.F."/"Cross Purposes"/"Innocence"


  • "You and I"/"Cabbage" (1980), 4AD


  1. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-95172-069-4, p. 142
  2. ^ Alessandro Bonini, Emanuele Tamagnini New wave 2006 - Page 48
  3. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 572
  4. ^ a b Gimarc, George (2005) Punk Diary, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-848-6, p. 400, 499
  5. ^ "The Worriers" (Marina Merosi, ZigZag March 1984, p12-13)