Rolo Tomassi at Sonisphere: ‘We’d love to make a record with M83 or Converge’

Sheffield prog metallers discuss their future plans

Rolo Tomassi have said that they would ideally like to make their third album in collaboration with M83 or Converge.

Speaking to NME backstage at Sonisphere, the Sheffield metallers have said that though they’ve begun the writing process for album number three, they’ve not got as far as talking producers or concepts or schedules yet.

Keyboardist James Spence said of the band’s writing progress thus far: “We’ve been writing, but we need to get a lot further down the line before we can start talking about producers or anything else.”


Spence also said that though the band would love to work with M83 mainman Anthony Gonzalez and Converge‘s Kurt Ballou , they didn’t have any firms plans.

He said: “I think because we had Diplo last time, people might expect us to come with a big name again, but that was just an opportunity that came up and we took it. If we’re being fantastical, I’d love to go with Anthony Gonzalez from M83 or Kurt Ballou from Converge, but it’s not like we’ve made approaches.”

The band also discussed their relatively quiet 2011, saying: “We’ve not been as busy as we’d like to have been, but we’ve done some cool stuff. We’ve got a few things coming up, like we’re doing Tramlines up in Sheffield, but in terms of UK stuff we did Download, Reading and Leeds last year and we wanted to do Sonisphere this year, but we just wanted to avoid all the horrible festivals. They’re not bad to play, they’re fun, but they’re just difficult.”

Later, Rolo Tomassi played a well-received set, when the headlined the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage at Sonisphere.

The band played a set which drew from across their career, with two songs, ‘Titanomachia’ and ‘Pilfox’ taken from new compilation ‘Eternal Youth’. They also included four from second album ‘Cosmology’ and opener ‘I Love Turbulence’ from debut record ‘Hysterics’.

[a]Rolo Tomassi played:


‘I Love Tubulence’
‘French Motel’
‘Party Wounds’

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