Doors Open 6pm, GoGo Penguin: 7.30pm, Roller Trio: 9.15pm, Late Late Set: 11pm, Doors Close: 3am
“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music
“Each piece evolves intriguingly – raw noises swap with cool melodies; glowering, Spanish-sounding pieces unleash tenor-sax whirls; blurting stop-start motifs ease in and out of swing grooves – and the trio’s formidable playing and composing power suggest a very bright future.” John Fordham The Guardian **** Stars
Roller Trio’s 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.
Roller Trio are James Mainwairing tenor sax and electronics, Luke Wynter guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams on drums, still in their early ’20s they 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 Leeds scene they also name check contemporary bands such as Heernt, Trio VD, Animals as Leaders and Siriusmo. But their invigorating mix of rock riffs, angular drums, electronic loops and James powerful tone and use of circular breathing and multiphonics mark them out as a powerful new band in their own right and their use of electronics gives their music a muscular sonic edge and febrile funkiness that makes this music for the heart, head and feet!
“Adventurous, accessible and melodic” The Times
“Destined for great things” BBC Music
“Brilliant young piano trio” The Daily Telegraph
“a band of equals that revel in epic song-like themes and vigourous interaction’ Jazzwise
Hotly tipped as the rising stars of UK Jazz by The Times newspaper, the expansive, brilliant Manchester based piano trio GoGo Penguin play in support of their exhilarating debut album, Fanfares on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana record label. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner (all still in their twenties), GoGo Penguin draw on a heady brew of influences from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST. GoGo Penguin who have already developed a growing cult following in the North turned in a storming performance at Ronnie Scott’s when were asked to open the live Jazz On 3 broadcast on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival.
It is the band’s unique ability to synthesis and develop each others melodic and harmonic ideas while drawing on music from classical to electronica that makes GoGo Penguin’s music so enthralling and their debut album such a powerful opening salvo from a powerful new voice in UK music.