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Few bands have exploded onto the UK music scene with the ferocity of Roller Trio. Barely known a few months ago, the Leeds based twenty-something were picked out by BBC Introducing in July, before garnering nominations for the MOBOs and the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ‘Album of the Year’, and although Alt-J scooped the over-all award at the awards show at the Roundhouse on 1st November, it was Roller Trio’s blistering performance that had everyone talking: The Guardian hailed them as “the best performance of the night” and “ a million times more forward-thinking than almost anything else on the list – they create a thrilling cacophony of coiled sax and tightly wound rhythms”. But it wasn’t just the critics that were wowed, fellow nominee Lianne La Havas tweeted ‘It’s All About Roller Trio” declaring that she wanted to collaborate with the Leeds based trio and singer-songwriter Ben Howard got in on the act too, tweeting that he was “hell keen” to do something with both acts in what would be a pretty exciting but unlikely match-up! But before that can happen the band who have also been nominated for Best UK Newcomer at the Inaugural Jazz FM Awards 2013 take their brilliant live show on the road for a short run of dates in December giving audiences across the UK a chance to see what people have been raving about!!

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.. 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.


The Mighty Roller Trio” NME.com

“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music

‘Awesome sax skronk skills” Lauren Laverne

“Canny bloody good, excited for their performance at the Cluny in December” Field Music

“It’s all about Roller Trio!’ Lianne La Havas

“A million times more forward thinking than almost anything else on the list” The Guardian

“Minutes into their set at the BBC Introducing session at the 2012 Manchester Jazz Festival, the snappy, sparky young Leeds-based trio had the venue bobbing. Their debut exerts a similar appeal, right from its opening salvo Deep Heat, as drummer Luke Reddin-Williams, guitarist Luke Wynter and tenor saxophonist James Mainwaring create trance by way of rhythm. “ BBC.co.uk

“The trio can switch the feel of a tune in a heartbeat from edgy improv to anthemic power riffs to reverb-swamped note storms”. The Arts Desk

Tour Dates

Nov 16 Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, 8.30pm/£10/ 020 7254 4097

Dec 5 Soup Kitchen, MANCHESTER 7.30pm/£7/0161 236 5100
Dec 10 Komedia, BRIGHTON 8.30pm/£7.50/ 0845 293 8480
Dec 11 The Louisiana, BRISTOL 7.30pm/£7/ 01179304254
Dec 12 Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS 8pm/£7/ 0113 245 5570
Dec 13 The Lexington, LONDON 7.30pm/£8.50/ 020 7837 5371
Dec 18 Schmazz, The Cluny, NEWCASTLE 8pm/£7/0191 2304474


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