Mastersystem is a new indie rock supergroup featuring two pairs of siblings, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison and his brother/Frabbit drummer Grant, and Editors guitarist Justin Lockey and his brother/Minor Victories bandmate James. According to the band, the conversation about forming the band 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’

Scott Hutchison later added, "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."

The music is indeed grungy/fuzzy, and it's pretty awesome to hear Scott's voice music like this. Get a taste for yourself with new single "The Enlightenment," which premieres in this post, and previous single "Notes On A Life Not Quite Lived," below.

The album is called Dance Music and it comes out on April 6 via Physical Education Recordings (pre-order). Artwort, tracklist, and tour dates (all in UK/EU) below.


proper home - mastersystem
notes on a life not quite lived
the enlightenment
peaks & troughs & graves
old team
must try harder
a waste of daylight
bird is bored of flying

Mastersystem -- 2018 Tour Dates
April Wed, 25, UK, Manchester, The Deaf Institute
April Thu, 26, UK, Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny
April Fri, 27, UK, Glasgow, The Art School
April Sat, 28, UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
April Mon, 30, UK, Birmingham, Birmingham O2 Institute 3
May Tue, 1, UK, London, Oslo

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