Blanck Mass is the solo project from Benjamin John Power, whose day job is one half of sublime electro duo Fuck Buttons. Occupying a similar space in underground dance music in his solo venture, Blanck Mass released his second album, Dumb Flesh last year. His second album is a lot more menacing and heavier in tone than on his debut self titled album, which had a more ethereal, dreamlike feel to it. These darker songs from Dumb Flesh, much like Fuck Buttons’ more recent material, translate really well to a live setting. His unconventional sound played at high volume can swallow you up and become the soundtrack in your own little nightmarish world.
Although it can sound quite abstract and some people may find it a difficult listen at times, I have found it to actually be accessible and danceable as most of the songs have a great hook and beat at the heart of them. I saw Blanck Mass late last year in the same venue as part of Mutations Festival and The Haunt is the perfect setting for this gig with its cramped and dark interiors.
Support comes from fellow experimental electronic artist Adsl Camels.
Tickets £11+bf, available online and from Resident Records