LIVE REVIEW: Mastersystem @ The Cluny, Newcastle (26.04.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Keen to see these pros as unrestrained as they were in their parents’ soundproofed garage, an assortment of avid fans fill up the spaces of The Cluny as local four-piece A Festival, A Parade successfully warms up the room with a suitably zealous heaviness.

Mastersystem hit the stage and the crowd packs tighter together. Lead singer Scott Hutchinson banters with us about his excitement to make some noise. The Frightened Rabbit, Editors and Minor Victories supergroup finally have the chance to let loose and make the music they’ve wanted to create since their teenage years.

The gig is beyond intimate. The band make their way through album Dance Music, filling The Cluny with sublime noise; beautifully expressive vocals coupled with a head-banging, gripping melody. From start to finish we get to see the guys simply bash out tracks without any overthinking.

Stand-out track Teething almost quietens things down a little and we’re reminded of the effortless control in Hutchinson’s ardent vocals; lyrics are pungent, and reflect the boundless simplicity of this project; while A Waste of Daylight almost eliminates the audience, the band smash out the blistering chords as if they’re performing no, and for, no one but themselves.

The gig is over in a beguiling flash. It’s brazen and unrestrained; the ultimate teaser of what’s hopefully yet to come from this top-notch collaboration.

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