In return for taking her to a gig earlier this year my friend Carole invited us to see last night The New Mastersounds at Windsor Arts Centre. How could we refuse and why would we want to, for this is my kind of music.
Eddie Roberts (guitar), Pete Shand (bass), Bob Birch (hammond) and Simon Allen (drums) draw influences from James Brown, Jimmy Smith, 1960s soul jazz and funk and sound very, very like The Meters, and for my money there is nothing wrong with that! Rocky instrumental funk is the best way I can describe their sound. Just thinking about it now makes me ‘wanna get up and do my thang’, in the words of the godfather of soul.
Playing all their own original hot and funky grooves with ever-changing rhythms, the combination of Eddie’s chiming rhythm guitar and Simon’s tight hot, white hot drumming is what made da funk and it was quite impossible not to dance. I particularly loved the use of persistent tambourine. The driving momentum and throbbing undercurrents of Bob’s mighty hammond and Pete’s bass kept the momentum cookin’. They really did sound just like The Meters.
They usually play bigger venues than the Windsor Arts Centre and the turnout last night was woeful (only 70 of us) but this didn’t matter to me as it meant a clear view of these talented musicians and more room on the dance floor to shake my tail feathers. We funked, we shook, we sweated and grooved. Great stuff! My legs ache today.