Mass (English band)

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 a 7" single, "You And I", 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]

Years active19801981
Associated actsRema-Rema
The Wolfgang Press
Renegade Soundwave
Past membersGary Asquith
Mick Allen
Mark Cox
Danny Briottet

Mass broke up in 1981.[5] Allen and Cox formed The Wolfgang Press in 1983,[3] while Asquith and Briottet went on to form Renegade Soundwave in 1986. 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 (May 1981), 4AD
"Isn't Life Nice"
"Elephant Talk"
"Cross Purposes"


  • "You and I"/"Cabbage" (August 1980), 4AD


  1. 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. Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 572
  4. 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)
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