Today Mastersystem unveil new single Enlightenment ahead of their debut album release on April 6th, via Physical Education. A project comprised of two musical siblings, a collaborative effort featuring Scott Hutchinson and Grant Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit), Justin Lockey (Editors), James Lockey (Minor Victories).
The idea for the band came about on an uncomfortably hot day in Berlin, 2016. Discarding with pomp and ceremony – under the backdrop of warm Coca Cola and incessant mosquitos – the conversation went something like this:
Justin: “So, Yer think, we should I dunno, maybe do something at some point, sometime… yer know, kinda heavy maybe, but still melodic…but a bit fuzzy / heavy?”
Scott – “Aye.”
Grant – “Aye…”
Justin – “Nice one. I’ll email you’s”
Check out the video for ‘Enlightenment’ – BELOW:
As ground-breaking and poetic in its simplicity as this conversation was, it tells only half the story. For that we need to rewind, four maybe five years. The story starts back when Frightened Rabbit recruited a couple of straight-up filmmakers and fine fellas from Yorkshire to follow them around on their tour of the Scottish Highlands. The two filmmakers spent time photographing mountains while Frightened Rabbit smashed out the classics to adoring crowds. The filmmakers were Justin and James Lockey and this trip would be the beginning of a long creative relationship between the two sets of brothers.
Due to the respective schedules of band members’, the album finally came together at the end of 2017. Produced by Justin Lockey, Dance Music is a dark, honest, soaring album, exactly what one might expect if Frightened Rabbit, Editors and Minor Victories combined forces.
The album is the story of four bearded men in their thirties, making an album they are immensely proud of, Scott Hutchinson adds, “I thought it would be interesting to play around with the themes of restlessness and dissatisfaction on this album, both as a counterpoint to the exuberance of the music and as an obvious reference to the angst and tension I heard in the grunge and fuzz of my teenage years. This is not the angst of a teenager, however. This is the anxiety of a man in his mid-30s, and for a lot of this record I found myself wrestling with the ways in which I am not quite doing life right, in spite of appearing to lead a relatively joyful, playful and artistic existence. ‘
Mastersystem ‘Dance Music’ will be released worldwide April 6 2018 On Physical Education Recordings.
Mon, 16, UK, Brighton, Resident (in-store)
Tues, 17, UK, London, Rough Trade East (in-store)
Wed, 25, UK, Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Thu, 26, UK, Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny
Fri, 27, UK, Glasgow, The Art School
Sat, 28, UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Mon, 30, UK, Birmingham, Birmingham O2 Institute 3
Tue, 1, UK, London, Oslo