Mastersystem have released the powerful video for ‘Old Team’, in memory of their late frontman Scott Hutchison.
Formed as a side-project of Frightened Rabbit bandmates Scott and Grant Hutchison along with Editors‘ Justin Lockey and his brother and Minor Victories bandmate James, Mastersystem released their acclaimed debut album ‘Dance Music‘ back in April. Scott Hutchison then died in May when he took his own life, following a battle with depression.
Now, the band have shared a music video for ‘Old Team’, filmed on Mastersystem’s UK tour just weeks before Scott’s death. There will also be a limited run of 500 vinyl pressings of the single – with all proceeds donated to the Scott Hutchison foundation.
“This footage was shot during the first and last Mastersystem tour,” said the band in a statement. “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.”
They continued: “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.”
“This record is a throwback sound that appeals to my past,” Hutchison told NME of Mastersystem when the band first launched. People have said that it’s a weird combination of nostalgia and hearing the future of something. I’ve heard a lot of people saying that it’s like being back in high school. The word ‘gnarly’ would be one that I’d happily use.”
He continued: “This is an album about drifting and feeling a little bit lost. It’s about feel disappointed in one’s self to have reached the age that I am and still having not figured shit out. It was also quite spontaneous and quick. I didn’t want to overthink things, because that’s the spirit of the music that I was given – this is music to be enjoyed and not overthought too much.”
Meanwhile, Frightened Rabbit have announced their first live performance since the tragic death of singer Scott Hutchison, with a special show at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand on December 9.
Billed as The Songs of Frightened Rabbit, the band’s Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan will be joined by a series of special guests on vocals, including The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham.
The show will be part of the Scotland-wide event ‘Sleep In The Park‘ event, which also takes place in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. Frightened Rabbit played the event last year at the Edinburgh leg. The event aims to raise around £6million to help combat homelessness, and is set to be attended by 12,000 people. You can sign up for it here.
Over in the US, members of The National, Death Cab For Cutie, The Hold Steady, and more will pay tribute toHutichson at a special concert next month. Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Songs Of Scott Hutchison will take place at Rough Trade NYC on December 5.
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