Few bands have exploded onto the UK music scene with the ferocity of Roller Trio. The Leeds based twenty-somethings were picked out by ‘BBC Introducing’ in July of 2012 and subsequently garnered nominations for the MOBOs, JazzFM awards and were one of 12 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ‘Albums of the Year’.
Roller Trio was born out of the creative collaboration of three students of the Leeds College of Music: James Mainwairing tenor sax and electronics, Luke Wynter guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams on drums; 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.
Their own 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.