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ROLLA are James Gilmore, Luke Gilmore, Luke McConnell, Marston Robinson & Tom Paddon, a relatively newly formed outfit from Manchester. Before lockdown the band were making their mark on the live scene following the release of their debut single ‘Thinking Of Tomorrow’. 2021 looks big for ROLLA with the band looking to take huge steps forward with more single releases and bigger live shows so keep and eye out for their social media updates

I caught up with them to talk about the release their second single ‘Sweet Lullaby’ and how they’ve handled 2020.

Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are and how you formed?    

We are ROLLA from the Tameside area of Manchester, we formed while living together when studying Music production and Graphic design.  

What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?   

Our style is pure Rock n Roll with the odd love song, our influences range from Twisted Wheel, DMA’s, Fontaines D.C., The Verve and Idles.

How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging?   

Things have been relatively good considering we have been trying to stay active as a band, we have been in the studio to record 3 new songs. The most challenging probably being not being able to play live and show the people our new songs in the flesh. 

What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?   

It’s a needs must we guess, but the effect it’s now having on live music and venues is getting uncomfortably close to irreversible. However, we believe the power of music will keep the small members of the local music scene burning until it is able to fully ignite again after covid.  

Do you think there has been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis?   

At first yes with the initial grants it seemed enough to tide over businesses for a month or so, however since then the government have been absolutely shambolic in it’s attempts to help the music industry and those attempts have been offensive to those who make their living through this industry. In short, FUCK THE TORIES!

2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for you in 2020?   

Getting back into the studio and recording 3 new tunes and also gaining all the new and great fans this year! 

Tell me about your most recent please or upcoming single/album…   

‘Sweet Lullaby’ is the title of our new and second single, it speaks for itself we suggest you guys give it a listen and make up your own mind, what we will say is, it will NOT disappoint. It’s recently been XS Manchester’s record of the week. 

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What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue to play after Covid-19?   

We have had some great gigs but our favourite was probably at The Bread Shed, it was our biggest turn out and its just a great venue. Our dream venue after covid would probably be the Ritz in Manchester, but long term Heaton Park would be class and main stage at Glasto. 

Favourite festival you’ve played or want to play and why?   

No festival slots as of yet, but we’d love to play Leeds fest, Kendal Calling and ynot, they are just great indie festivals and Leeds is always great as a punter so can only imagine what its like to play there too. 

What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best?   

Listen to ‘Sweet Lullaby’ tomorrow, it’s a stomper and best sums up our sound at the moment. (Our first single ‘Thinking of Tomorrow’ is a tune too). 

What can we look forward to from you in 2021?  

As well as the new single we will be releasing 2 more songs in 2021 so keep out for them and also covid depending of course to be back playing live with a headline show in Manchester too! 

Sweet Lullaby is out this Friday on all steaming platforms…


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