Mastersystem (Scott Hutchison) release video for final single
Before Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison's untimely death this year, he and his brother/Frightened Rabbit bandmate Grant teamed with Editors guitarist Justin Lockey and his brother/Minor Victories bandmate James to form the grungy supergroup Mastersystem, who released their first and last album Dance Music in April. They've now made a video for "Old Team" from that album, featuring footage from their first and last tour. The video also opens with a message from Grant, Justin, and James, saying that "Old Team" was Scott's favorite song on the album, and it was initially intended to be the lead single, but "it will now not be the thing to propel Mastersystem forward into new places, but serve as a monument to all involved and to all that listened." It's a bittersweet video, and you can watch it and read the band's full statement below.
Mastersystem are also releasing "Old Team" as a limited edition vinyl single on November 30, and all proceeds will be donated to the Scott Hutchison foundation.
In related news, there's a Scott Hutchison tribute show happening in NYC with Julien Baker, Ben Gibbard, Aaron Dessner, Kevin Devine, and Craig Finn; and Frightened Rabbit are playing their first show since Scott's death at Sleep In The Park 2018 in Glasgow with James Graham of The Twilight Sad and other guest vocalists.
STATEMENT FROM MASTERSYSTEM:
This footage was shot during the first and last Mastersystem tour. The great thing about it is it just shows a bunch of fellas, having the best time, ripping the piss out of each other, laughing and doing some shows. There’s something fucking brilliant about this…something free of the pressure that bands can turn into…That’s what Mastersystem was about, just a record, a band built from going back to how we all started, throwing riffs and cords around until it sounds something like a tune. No fuss.
This was Scott’s favourite tune on the record, and the spark that lit the paper that led to the whole Mastersystem album. It was always in our plans to be THE single off the record.
We’re very fucking proud of it, which is why we’re honouring our original plans to put it out. It will not be a thing to propel Mastersystem forward into new places, but serve as a monument to all involved and to all that listened….That we made a class record we all believe in.
Cheers for listening. Justin, Grant, James and Nick.