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"Dark, menacing, bass heavy - the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!" Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music
Roller Trio's music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes. Incubated in mammoth improvisation sessions and honed in local gigs, their music is delivered with a captivating swagger and greedy energy that is utterly beguiling and packs a powerful punch. Their riveting debut album was a Mercury Music Prize album of the year 2012 and their hook-laden follow-up is set for release in early 2014.
Roller Trio are James Mainwairing tenor sax and electronics, Luke Wynter guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams on drums, still in their early '20s they met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music. Influenced by a wide range of music from Tim Berne, Chris Potter and Anthony Braxton to Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Slum Village, J Dilla and Flying Lotus as well as the vibrant Leeds scene they also name check contemporary bands such as Heernt, Trio VD, Animals as Leaders and Siriusmo. But their invigorating mix of rock riffs, angular drums, electronic loops and James powerful tone and use of circular breathing and multiphonics mark them out as a powerful new band in their own right and their use of electronics gives their music a muscular sonic edge and febrile funkiness that makes this music for the heart, head and feet!
"Each piece evolves intriguingly - raw noises swap with cool melodies; glowering, Spanish-sounding pieces unleash tenor-sax whirls; blurting stop-start motifs ease in and out of swing grooves." John Fordham The Guardian **** Stars
"Sidesteps every pigeonhole, mingling rock back beats, Indian flavoured harmonies and film noir paciness...A gleeful pleasure. Daily Telegraph. ****
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