The New Mastersounds are a four-piece band based in Leeds, England, whose modern take on vintage soul-jazz, funk, and rock draws influences from Jimmies McGriff, Smith, and Hendrix, as well as their most closely-associated mentors, The Meters. Try to imagine Grant Green and Lou Donaldson having a fight in a Hammond Organ shop while James Brown holds the coats, and you have some idea of what to expect from this band.
The group's first single, "One Note Brown," came out in 2000 on Blow It Hard Records and was passionately championed by acclaimed Northern Soul and funk DJ Keb Darge. To date, the band has released over six studio records, including Keb Darge Presents... (2001), Be Yourself (2003), This Is What We Do (2005), 102% (2007), Plug & Play (2008), and Ten Years On (2009). In addition, the band has released several remix and live albums, including Live at La Cova (2006), The New Mastersounds Re:Mixed (2007), and Live In San Francisco (2009). Also of note is their single, “Your Love Is Mine,” featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, which was used in the 2007 Warner Brothers movie Feast of Love. Having toured throughout Europe, Japan, and the U.S., the New Mastersounds have earned global recognition as a key band in the new funk scene. But purists beware: their unique blend of funk, rock, soul, and dance music is hard to sum up and doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre.
Headed soon to a city near you, The New Mastersounds deliver gritty grooves and deep rhythms in clubs, theater venues, and festivals alike. Their live shows will get you up dancing and hold you there intoxicated by the funk until last call, when you’ll stagger home, sweaty and exhausted, on a wave of euphoria. Led by guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts, The New Mastersounds feature Joe Tatton on Hammond, Pete Shand on bass, and Simon Allen on drums. The group's newest album, Breaks From The Border, came out earlier this year.