Rolo Tomassi follow-up festival slots with uk autumn 2012 UK tour

Posted: 31st May 2012
Sheffield rockers to play key cities during October jaunt, tickets on sale Friday 1st June
Rolo Tomassi

Trying to determine just what the hell Rolo Tomassi's style of music is, is nigh on impossible. Honestly, it's like (here I go again) progressive-jazz-math-rock-alternative-thrash-tomcats on heat-core. That's about as near as I can get after listening to, say, "Cirque du Funk" or "Kasia". Singer, growler and screamer Eva Spence prowls the stage like some possessed cougar, while her band fire jagged shards of discordant and unsettling riffola, before railing off into another dimension with bizarre time-signatures and sweet choruses. Rather more-ish, actually.

Many fans love a bit of Rolo - since the Sheffield band's explosive debut set in 2008, featuring the subtle tracks "Oh, Hello Ghost" and "Scabs", they've gathered a healthy following of those who find The Joy Formidable a bit twee or The Mars Volta a bit butch (I speak from a fan-friend's own remarks and point of view). Follow-up "Cosmology" was a bit more special with the aforementioned "Kasia" and the sheer neck-tickling power of the title-track, which means album number 3 could be the one to earn them more kudos.

As anticipation for new material begins to heighten, so does the demand for live shows and that's just what Spence and her soldiers have got planned for the autumn. Kicking off in Bristol on 21st October, the tour then continues to Brighton, Nottingham, Birmingham and several more until finishing up at London's XOYO on Halloween, which surely means dressing up for the night, eh people? We will have tickets to all shows from Friday 1st June at 9am, costing £10 (yes, even London!).

Paul Pledger