MusicMarauders Presents: The New Mastersounds
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot Photography)
So how do musicians coming out of Great Britain live up to the hype and standard of these mega-bands/musicians who have come before them? Hailing from the town of Leeds, The New Mastersounds have taken the idea of following in these superstar’s footsteps and thrown some seriously funky beats at it. Led by guitarist and crowd pleaser Eddie Roberts, this British quartet has been touring the world hard as of late, and brings with them their own version of a funky good time. Known for truly making the crowds want to dance their pants off, The New Mastersounds have created a nice little following for them out here in our great state of Colorado. Whether their popularity has increased from playing Cervantes the last couple of years, headlining the secopnd annual LOHI Festival with the Kyle Hollingsworth Band this past June, or being part of this year’s world-renowned Telluride Jazz Festival, Eddie Roberts and his funky British band-mates are taking the jamband scene by storm and popping up all over the festival circuit. So why are they becoming so popular?
When you have funk, you must have rhythm and The New Mastersounds have plenty of it. Utilizing bass playing Pete Shand’s groovy and fast-moving bass lines with Simon Allen’s pure enthusiasm and youthfully entertaining way of playing the drums, the rhythm section of this British quarter does not seem to ever miss a beat. Simon is a hoot on the drum kit, and each time I have had the pleasure of seeing him play, he is missing a different piece of clothing. (It was his shirt this time) Along with his great personality Allen is a beast when it comes to all things having to do with percussion and with Shand on the bass form a very formidable rhythm section. Pete Shand seems like the coolest man in the room each time he takes the stage and his playing certainly can back it up. Standing and playing to the right of band leader Eddie Roberts, Shand calls out different instructions and timing changes whenever he deems fit and always seems to be right on cue. With Allen, Shand, and Tatton The New Mastersounds don’t need much else to get the job done, but throw in their producer/leader Eddie Roberts and the quartet just became a whole lot cooler.
“The British are coming!” Yes they are, and I hope they keep bringing the funk with them.
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