In 2005 around the small quiet villages of Sheffield came Rolo Tomassi
Almost immediately recording a demo of the only material they had, the band set out with the aim of playing as many shows in as many different cities as possible around a schedule of high school and exams.
The band put out its first landmark EP on the UK label Holy Roar in 2006. A relentless touring schedule followed and this momentum saw a deal struck with Hassle Records to release the band’s debut album Hysterics in 2008. Recorded with producer Jason Sanderson (65daysofstatic, Brontide), this album would push the band out to the mainstream press with the full length receiving positive across the board.
To understand Rolo Tomassi have a listen to their awesome track ‘Opalescent‘ below
Early in 2009, an unlikely partnership was struck with producer Diplo (Major Lazer,Die Antwoord). The band wrote the record Cosmology over the summer of 2009 and flew out to LA to record with Diplo and engineer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Usher) later that year. The record was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim with Rock Sound scoring it a 9 out of 10 and describing it as ‘”the sound of a band at the top of their game”. Support slots on huge tours with Biffy Clyro and Enter Shikari followed as well as playing at festivals such as Soundwave, Reading and Download.
Over the first few months of 2012 the band set to work on third studio album Astraea. With the band now based primarily in Nottingham, the album was recorded in various locations around the city (including keyboard player James Spence’s house) with Jason Sanderson taking the helm at production again. The record was put out on Destination Moon in November 2012 with NME describing the band as “one of the most adventurous, forward-thinking and inexplicably overlooked bands in the country” alongside a very favorable 8 out of 10 review.
Here’s ‘The Embers‘ played live from the awesome album ‘Grievances‘ below
Following UK and European headline tours in support of Astraea, the band would make their debut appearance in Japan in September 2013 as part the Zankyo Festival in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya having released Astraea through the Zankyo label. Those shows led into the bands first Australian headline tour which would last for 3 weeks and wrap up the Astraea touring cycle. Upon returning from this the band parted ways with drummer and founder member Ed Dutton under amicable circumstances.
With the release of the Album ‘Grievances’ in 2015 via Holy Roar records the band has just started on making its mark on the metal world!
Let see what James Spence has to say about Vocalzone!!
“I put my voice under a lot of stress when performing, so its important to know i have something like Vocalzone to rely on to get it back to full strength when we’re on tour”