About The New Mastersounds

In the late 1990’s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was promoting a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had previously played together as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start. Their first rehearsal was hot enough for Blow it Hard Records to release on two limited-edition 7” singles in 2000.

By 2018 the band’s recorded catalogue boasted 24 more 7” singles, 12 studio albums, 3 live albums, 1 remix album and 3 compilation albums, released variously in UK, Japan, and USA - where they continue to tour extensively. Joe Tatton, another veteran of the Leeds scene, joined back in 2007, replacing Bob Birch on organ and piano.


As a band, and as individuals, they have collaborated with an impressive array of musicians, DJs and producers, including:
Lou Donaldson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Quantic, Carleen Anderson, Keb Darge, Kenny Dope, Mr Scruff, LSK, Lack of Afro, Page McConnell, Grace Potter, Karl Denson, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Fred Wesley, Pee-Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, Bernard Purdie, George Porter Jr, Zigaboo Modeliste, Art Neville, Ernest Ranglin.

During a 2018 US tour, a sit-in by Atlanta-based vocalist Lamar Williams Jr turned heads, and the fit with NMS was so right that they pledged to make a record together. The resulting album was written and recorded in Denver, CO in December of that year and was released in Fall 2019 on Eddie Roberts’ own Color Red label. In 2021 Williams joined the band again, this time at Floki Studios in Iceland for the recording of The Deplar Effect album. Lamar has toured with the band in the USA, Japan and Spain and will join them again for Jamcruise in February 2024.

At the time of this update (Dec 2023) a new album - this time featuring just the core band of Eddie, Simon, Pete and Joe - is being mastered and is slated for release on the band’s UK label One Note Records in Spring 2024, to co-incide with a US tour.


As an example of the respect this band commands,
Peter Wermelinger - DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers’ bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon - places the 2001 NMS track ‘Turn This Thing Around’ in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk.

The Band

Eddie Roberts

guitar

Simon Allen

drums

Pete Shand

bass

Joe Tatton

keyboards

Additional Contributors
  • Lamar Williams Jr - vocals
  • Mike Olmos - trumpet
  • Jason Mingledorff - sax, flute
  • Daniel Casares - saxophones
  • Chip Wickham - sax, flute
  • Rob Lavers - tenor sax, flute (2006-7)
  • Bob Birch - organ & piano (1999-2007)
  • Dionne Charles - vocals (2008-2009)
  • Malcolm Strachan - trumpet (2000-2003)
  • Jason Rae - alto, baritone, flute (2000-2003)
  • Atholl Ransome - tenor, flute (2000-2003)
  • Jim Corry - tenor sax
  • Cleve Freckleton - vocals (2000-2003)
  • Sulene Fleming - vocals (2000-2003)

INTERVIEWS more »

The Waster

From the Clubs of Leeds

Guitar World

Interview: Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds Discusses Gear, Technique and Future Plans

The New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Mastersounds learned the lessons of the Meters well

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Britain’s New Mastersounds invade Mt. Tallac Brewery

Vanguard Online

Interview

PRESS PHOTOS more »

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WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY more »

 ...a self-prescribed dose of Therapy has the band getting back to their feet, and will get you on yours, too.” (Exclaim.ca)

 Therapy provides explorations into soul-lifting jazz, enduring funk and some of the best instrumental trance heard in ages.” (Relix Magazine)

 What they present here is quite simply the best album of its type so far this year and I doubt if it will be equalled” (New Untouchables)