Red Mass

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Red Mass is a gathering of artists, musicians and agent provocateurs from around the globe.  Created by Roy Vucino as part of the 'Free Creative Enterprise' TA DA arts collective, its goal is to create punk music and art, in various mediums while incorporating techniques of automatic creation, chaos magic and liberation through art. To do so the Mass forgoes any allegiance to a specific scene, genre or sound. This method of working outside of the classic band format allows the Mass to work with as many international collaborators as it likes regardless of their experience, style or background. The present core of 'Red Mass' is comprised of Roy Vucino and partner Hannah Lewis. Eager to explore new soundscapes and to collaborate with musicians all over the world, the band has amassed more than 100 participating artists and musicians in its ranks. Collaborations with some of our idols, our friends, our family members and with strangers who wanna create something subversive.

“Kilrush Drive” was recorded by Mingo L'indien (Les Georges Leningrad/Ellemetue) and mixed by Sebastien Perry. There are 9 new tracks and 2 older tracks the band chose to rework at Breakglass Studios with Dave Smith and Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes). Producer/musician Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop & Herbie Hancock) also contributed to a song.

With this release Red Mass has refined its post punk sound, incorporating pop hooks, surreal politics and unsettling noise tonalities over a bed of dark electro, punk and hip hop beats.

About Roy Vucino and Hannah Lewis

Vucino has been a staple in the city’s punk & experimental scenes as a member of internationally acclaimed garage punk groups CPC Gangbangs, Les Sexareenos and PYPY. He has since begun a commercial career, recording and writing tracks for film, fashion and television companies such as MGM, Saint Laurent Paris, MTV, Playboy, Showcase and Alliance Films. Working on films has allowed Vucino to lead Red Mass through a wide range of musical genres. An innovative guitarist featured on SUB POP, Warner Bros., Last Gang Records, Swami, Alien8 and In the Red Records, Vucino has also written tracks performed by great artists as Duchess Says and King Khan. This is not to forget his own 100+ releases. You can also catch him acting in the fictional band Nightseeker on the VICELAND/CityTV show FUBAR: Age of Computer. Lewis has written songs performed by notable artists such as Mac Demarco and makes documentary films about the preservation of culture and resources.


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Band of the week: A ‘living entity’ that can range in size from three to sixteen people Red Mass puts a dream-pop spin on garage-rock rave-ups. “Weird Mess” tears down the sock-hop with a Hammond organ and Vucino’s faux-cockney accent, while the hard-charging “Party Till I Die” rides a surf-rock wave to hedonistic heaven.
— Rolling Stone
Vucino’s incredible output over the past decade has helped cement Red Mass as a true Canadian treasure
— Rough Trade
Luckily, we also got Red Mass, who spit, pissed, shit and sweated rock ‘n’ roll. Certainly the most badass group to feature a clarinet player. Made up of members of infamous garage rock collective CPC Gangbangs, clad in crimson and about ten strong, Red Mass came off like a Brian Jonestown Massacre fuelled by speed, The Sonics, MC5 and the Damned instead of the Velvets, Syd Barrett and narcotics. And instead of Joel Gion, Red Mass’ percussionist wore only a Speedo and gold paint. They barrelled though about six songs and with so much onstage mayhem that I sort of felt punch-drunk by the end. It was the only performance of the week I wish had gone on longer.
— Brooklyn Vegan
Red Mass is a very prolific group from Montreal that wears its goth and psychedelia influences on its sleeve, front and centre, which are not common in garage punk. With over thirty releases out there, Red Mass is one of those unique forces in the underground that can’t be stopped. The core members are Roy Vucino and Hannah Lewis, with others collaborating on this record, too. Simultaneously accessible and experimental, Red Mass is a delight.
— Razorcake

Landmark Events

The Cult, Black Lips, Ty Segall, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Thee Oh Sees, Duchess Says,
King Khan & The Shrines, Dirty Beaches, Tonstartssbandht,
No Age, Operators, The Legendary Pink Dots, Simply Saucer, Death Valley Girls, Broncho

CMW (2014,2015 & 2016)
NXNE (2013)