mastersytem will release their debut album on April 6th via Physical Education. mastersystem are a project comprised of two musical siblings, a collaborative effort featuring Scott Hutchison and Grant Hutchison (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’
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.