04 August 2021

MASTERS OF THE HEMISPHERE Masters of the Hemisphere 1999




Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

Athens, Georgia-based indie pop combo Masters of the Hemisphere were founded in 1996 by singers/songwriters Sean Rawls and Bren Mead, longtime friends who by high school were already veterans of a series of bands including Jasper's Arm, Vetran, Volcano Clutch, Eat Rice on Friday, and Linus, many of them documented on cassettes released via the teen duo's Everybody's Wearing Them label. When Mead's family relocated to New Mexico, he and Rawls continued writing and recording independently, planning a split cassette for Kindercore, Nose Plug, which remains unreleased; eventually reuniting in Athens, they formed Masters of the Hemisphere with Kindercore chief Ryan Lewis on drums (later replaced by the Mendoza Line's Jeff Griggs). After debuting with the EP Going on a Trek to Iceland, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Adrian Finch; the Masters' self-titled full-length LP followed in 1999, and a year later, the group issued I Am Not a Freemdoom, an ambitious concept album released with a comic book. In May of 2010 the band played a reunion show in Athens and spent ten days recording a new album, Maybe These Are the Breaks. It was released by Magic Marker in October of 2011.


1 West Essex 2:12
2 Billy Mitchell 2:22
3 Saucy Foreign Lass 4:44
4 Meteor 4:13
5 Everybody Knows Canada 3:29
6 Map 4:37
7 She Plays Guitar 2:37
8 Your Ship Looks Like A Captain 4:43


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