Simon Allen

  • On Stage: drums, banter, big hair, sweat, cold Corona
  • Off Stage: microlabel manager, photographer, bad piano player, ranting anti-theist, nagging parent, MAMIL, mid-level Twitter twit (@logicbuster, @newmastersounds), resentful Apple slave, Scrabble apostate (logicbuster on Words With Friends)
  • Drum Gear (as of Sept 2015):
  • Cymbals: 13” UFIP hi-hats; Paiste 22” vintage ride, Paiste Giant Beats 20” crash/ride; Zildjian 17” medium crash
    Ludwig Shells: Supraphonic 14” x 5” snare, 22” silver sparkle kick drum, 13” rack tom (mounted on the kick drum), 16” floor tom (on the floor on legs, by crikey!) Evans Heads: coated heads on the toms and snare drum, clear head on kick drum.* Pro-Mark Sticks: 5A Hickory wood-tip* *courtesy of D’Addario

  • Born: Warwickshire, England
  • Brief Musical History: 1987 - had a Saturday job at Discovery Records in Leamington Spa. Acquired rudimentary grasp of drums (but not drum rudiments) by tapping on the counter along to music. Moved to Leeds aged 18, played in a blues band and several unsuccessful acid jazz and soul bands in the early nineties. Connected with Eddie Roberts in 1997.
  • Feed Me: Toast and Marmite
  • Hot Beverage Preference: Proper tea with milk and one sugar, please. But only if it’s piping hot. (favourite tea joke: why did Karl Marx only ever drink herbal tea? a: because all proper tea is theft.) Why on Earth would you present me with a cup of warm water and a tea bag in a little packet on the side? I’m glad this issue is handled here by Dame Maggie Smith.
  • Cold Beverage Preference: Mare gin and Fever Tree tonic with ice and a thin slice of orange peel in a tall glass, heavy on the tonic.



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    The Band

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    Past Players

    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


    PRESS PHOTOS more »

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

     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)