Rolo Tomassi Tickets
An experimental rock band, Rolo Tomassi is a five-piece that is based in South Yorkshire. According to the members of the group, the name of the band was taken from a line of dialogue in the Hollywood movie, LA Confidential. Playing in an often-chaotic way when on stage, the members of Rolo Tomassi perform their own, unique style of rock, which is often regarded as being very punk in outlook. The band has a deal with Ipecac Recordings, based in California, which looks after releases in North America and Japan. The independent label Holy Roar Records has been the band’s European home for a number of years. Rolo Tomassi is made up of Eva Spence, Chris Cayford, Nathan Fairweather, Tom Pitts and James Spence. Former members of the group include Joseph Thorpe, Edward Dutton and Joe Nicholson.
Rolo Tomassi's career milestones
The original members of Rolo Tomassi formed around a nucleus created by the Spence siblings. Eva had been working for a while as a keyboard player in another band, which, without a vocalist, encouraged her to sing in a screaming style. Soon, she and her brother were working on this shouted form of vocalisation together, and the new band formed around them.
Rolo Tomassi got going in 2005 with a punky, DIY ethic at its core. In the early days, all of the songwriting, recording, arranging and distribution of demo material was done by the members of the group. Indeed, the band’s personnel also acted in the role of being their own promoters at this time, often staging their own concerts. Having only played smaller venues and pubs, the band released a three-track demo on CD, which was put out under their own label, Mayday. In all, the band would make six such CDs for sale at their gigs as they grew their fan base.
In 2008, Rolo Tomassi had a breakthrough moment when the band was picked to perform at the popular Download Festival. Helping to raise their profile, the band followed this up with their first album release. Hysterics fused jazz, punk, mathcore, hardcore and experimental sounds into a single cohesive work. Released on vinyl via Hassle Records, it featured songs such as “An Apology to the Universe” and “Oh, Hello Ghost”. An American tour followed with some support slots for higher profile bands, plus a gig at the prestigious South By Southwest Festival in Texas.
In 2010, the band played on the NME stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals before setting up their own new label, Destination Moon. It was on this label that the group put out Eternal Youth, a work that was released in 2011. Astraea came out the following year, pleasing fans and critics alike. Grievances appeared in 2015, showing, in the eyes of some music journalists, the band’s developing focus on mathcore rock.
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