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Mancunian quintet ROLLA explode onto the scene with the first single from their upcoming EP ready to hit the streets in early 2023. After catching them live here Wayne AF Carey reckons he’s discovered the next massive group to hit the North and beyond…

After witnessing Shaun Ryder a few weeks back I was quite rightly stunned by this lot. A premier support slot to showcase a group that have got all the makings of the next big thing to blast the indie scene. There’s nothing new about their sound yet they have something I can’t quite put my finger on. My brain just pushed that magic button which alerts me to that hidden spot of hearing greatness. I don’t get it wrong often and these are a dead cert for the big leap. Although no video for this yet I’ve included some great footage from their debut gig at Night N Day. Read on…

Rolla have been firing up festivals all over the land this summer, tearing into sets as if their lives depended on it at the Isle of Wight, Y Not?, Rewired, Neighbourhood, The Great Escape and many more. Now the Manchester quintet bring the fiery full force of their live show to their new single Ease My Mind, which is out now on Golden Robot Records. It’s the first song to preview their debut EP, which is set to be released early next year.

Ease My Mind takes the towering anthems of The Verve as a starting point and ups the ante with elements of The Sex Pistols and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, creating a jet energy roar of sound flooding with supercharged shoegaze guitars and charismatic vocal delivery. If you’ve ever wanted indie immediacy delivered with a powerhouse punk intensity, Ease My Mind is one for you. The track was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with production from Nick Brine (Oasis, Stone Roses) and mixing courtesy of Gareth Nuttall (The Lottery Winners, The K’s).

Rolla commented, “Ease My Mind was written as a reaction to feeling the constant pressures of daily life, the same old routine and all that shite. I guess it’s kind of a cliché, but it’s an anthem to get you up and get you going and prove to people that you are more than just your daily grind, and that there’s more to life than just answering to your bosses. For a lot of people that whole other world is rock ‘n’ roll, it will always give you all the answers. We recorded it at Rockfield, which was a week to never forget. It’s a cool old place, and it was a pleasure to work with local legend Nick Brine. Creative carnage at its finest.”

The band were formed by the Gilmore brothers, James (vocals) and Luke (bass), who added Tom Paddon (guitar) and Luke McConnell(guitar) before their most recent recruit Saul Bardsley (drums) completed the line-up. Drawing on influences both new and old (also taking in the likes of Kasabian, IDLES and DMA’S) they made it their mission to shake-up rock ‘n’ roll conventions and to face the issues of their generation head on. That ambition started with the early self-released tracks ‘Thinking of Tomorrow’ and ‘Sweet Lullaby’ before intensifying with the double A-side single ‘No Violence // Show Me’

You’d better believe me…

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Words by Wayne Carey, Reviews Editor for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

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