Rockfeedback Concerts presents...
Described as the ‘new sound of UK Jazz’ by Gilles Peterson, Roller Trio is the latest band to explode out of the fertile Leeds music scene where experimental jazz rubs shoulders with DIY alt rock and electronica. Their 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 hook-laden punch. Little wonder then that they have already snaffled the 2011 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award for 2011, as well as causing a real stir amongst local club promoters who have praised their powerhouse live shows.
Roller Trio are James Mainwairing tenor sax and electronics, Luke Wynter guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams on drums and the three met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music. Luke W and Luke RW were the first to jam together, but when they began playing and jamming together as a trio and it became immediately apparent that they had chemistry. In their minds they only really became a‘proper band’ when they were called in at the last minute to support Phronesis at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds in March 2011. 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 local scene, they also name check contemporary bands such as Heernt, trioVD, Animals as Leaders and Siriusmo. However, it is their own 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 – one with their own unique voice.
“What sets this young group apart is how often they favour melody over muscle. Memorable tunes such as R-O-R and Where’s My Whip will resonate with listeners who have never darkened a jazz club door” The Times **** Stars
Slowfoot Records is proud to introduce Hello Skinny and the self-titled debut album. Hello Skinny is the brainchild of in-demand drummer extraordinaire Tom Skinner, who’s other current involvements include Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke, Matthew Herbert, Eska, Finn Peters and The Owiny Sigoma Band amongst many others.
Taking its cue from a song by The Residents, the project is Skinner’s first as bandleader, composer and producer and sees him exploring areas around and between psych-dub, electronics, downtown/freak jazz and folk stylings. This debut album follows on from his widely spread ‘Smash + Grab’ mixtape and takes the musical themes from that release and flexes and focuses the sound into a coherent, deep, soulful listening experience, featuring contributions from Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Herbert (of The Invisible), Byron Wallen, Trudie Dawn Smith and Nick Ramm.
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