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New Mastersounds master old sounds on new album

click to enlarge The New Mastersounds play Sweetwater Music Hall Oct. 4.
  • The New Mastersounds play Sweetwater Music Hall Oct. 4.

The New Mastersounds formed in Leeds, England, nearly 20 years ago, and though much has changed in the lives of guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton, the tightly knit and funky foursome have never lost their musical connection to each other.

On Oct. 2, the New Mastersounds release their 10th album, Made for Pleasure, on the Royal Potato Family label. The band plays from the record when they hit the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Sunday, Oct. 4, a day after they play San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

The upbeat, dance-inducing Pleasure was recorded in New Orleans, a city that has long influenced the band's larger-than-life funk sound. Frontman Eddie Roberts spent a few years living in the city, after a stint living in San Francisco and before moving to Denver, where he resides now.

The lively sounds of the French Quarter are prominent throughout the new record, which also includes several guest appearances by the likes of multi-instrumentalist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool's Fancy Band) and soul singer Charly Lowry (Dark Water Rising), as well as a full horn section courtesy of band mates from Roberts' former San Francisco jazz combo, West Coast Sounds.

The New Mastersounds play from Made for Pleasure on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $22–$24. 415.388.1100. —Charlie Swanson

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