hmv.com reviews… Rolo Tomassi @ Cardiff Moon Club
Rolo Tomassi hit Cardiff last week and we were there to see them in action...
Sheffield math rockers Rolo Tomassi touring their fourth album Grievances (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page) with a fresh line up.
In a very intimate Moon Club on a very wet Cardiff night.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
There's a bit of space here and there but it's still pretty busy. It might be a Sunday night at the end of the holidays however everyone is head banging along, even initiating a crowdsurfer during 'Oh Hello Ghost' to mixed success.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set features predominantly from their latest and most accomplished offering Grievances opening with a bang with 'Funereal'. It showcases everything that is great about this band at this moment in time. The song blends both the blood curdling screams that the group are well known for as well the more melodic tones they can produce.
A double whammy of both 'Estranged' and 'Raumdeuter' also really highlights the talents on show. For a group that have had most of the core members only be with them for a little while, their style of playing is so intricate and tight that one would think they have been the same band this whole time.
'Ex Luna Scienta' is the first material to be played not taken from their fourth album. This along with the fantastic 'Howl' is a moment in the room which really starts to get the heads banging along. However it isn't until 'Oh Hello Ghost' from their debut 'Hysterics' that we get our first bit of crowd movement with a lone crowdsurfer trying his best to get to and from the stage to the back of the room.
'The Embers', another highlight off of their fourth album is also another highlight in the set tonight. Things 'calm down' slightly during the almost jazz like opening of 'Opalescent'. It's great to see Spence show off her impressive clean vocals which are angelic in comparison to her death growls. It all ends with the beautiful 'All That Has Gone Before', it's a culmination of everything that they do as a group. For a band that have been playing the underground circuit for around a decade now, it's great to see them still experimenting and breaking the mould when it comes to making music.
Any good between song banter?
They thank the crowd for coming out on a soggy Sunday evening but not much else is really said in between songs.
Did they put on much of a show?
Whilst it's a very small and intimate stage they do a fine job of putting on a great performance. Lead vocalist Eva Spence in particular does not stop dancing during any song that is played this evening. During 'Estranged' the second song into the set, keyboardist James Spence swings into the crowd and jumps on a crowd member's shoulders.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Howl' off of their third album Astraea is a real barnstormer. It starts off heavy but when it hits the breakdown, it almost feels as though the ground below is going to open up and swallow you whole!
Where can I catch them next?
The band will play a handful of festival dates later on in the summer.