Rllrbll

1997
Portland,OR - Usa

Seventeen album in eighteen years deep. A living/breathing recording ethic, five European tours, constant West Coast presence, and underground cred that can’t be beat, Rllerbll, (once they were Rollerball) is an established institution influencing what bands sound like in Portland,Oregon and throughout the world. The rhythm section, Gilles on drums and Monte Trent Allen on bass, drop extended deep grooves and lock-step rhythm changes, anchoring Two Feathers sound with wizened authority and practiced ability. Amidst layers of intriguing percussion, electronic murk, and the damp acoustic hollowness of Amanda Mason Wiles’ saxophone poetry, Mae Starr weaves intricate and inventive keyboard magic. Her fingers swallowed by rings that stream up and pounce down the keyboard, evoking powerful vocalists like PJ Harvey or June Tyson, and casting spells over a rapt audience. Hard to describe and impossible to pin down, Rllrbll, has been praised throughout their storied career by The Wire, Pitchfork, Brainwashed, Fake Jazz, The Oregonian, Terrascope, Mercury, Stranger, etc., and played on radio stations around the world. They have released music on RoadconeCochonSilberJalopy GrottoNillacatPacific Wonderland, and Felina y Magia in the States and Bar la muerteWallace, and Hysm in Italy. Rllrbll has been compared to Sun RaNew OrderCereberus ShoalJOMFCalifone, and Can. They practice, they tour, and they push the limits of sound on every release. You can't get bored with their sound because it is morphing as you read this. This is american music and this is a legendary band.

4 Corners

wal162
January, 2014
12inch LP
10 tracks
40 minutes

Portland Oregon’s Rollerball are the very definition of a cult band.

Their image is shrouded by aliases & self sustained mystique and their discography packed with hidden gems and genre warping artistry.
In the 18 years plus since Rollerball first formed, this highly prolific family of musicians have conjured up staggering amount of recorded material; 17 full lengths albums, another dozen eps and singles and countless compilation appearances.
Whether slipping between vampy cabaret numbers, future-funk or pulsing darkwave melodrama, Rollerball always pushes their ideas and musicianship to the edge and beyond.

Two Feathers

wal128
November, 2009
CD + DVD / 12inch LP + CD + DVD
11 tracks
54 minutes

Two Feathers is packaged as an LP with CD/DVD included or as a gatefold CD/DVD card wallet. The DVD includes music videos from the nineties and into the new millenium, as well as, The Three Brunos, a film by Starbage Hands featuring tour footage and performances by Rollerball, OVO, and Ronin in Italy and Slovenia in 2005.

Long time saxophone collaborator, Jacopo Andreini (L’Enfance Rouge, Squarcicatrici..), performs throughout the DVD. The CD also features Scott Rosenberg (PinkMountain) on saxophone.

Ahura

wal102
May, 2008
CD
15 tracks
47 minutes

The band carries on after the amicable departure of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Shane de Leon, and sounds strong and focused in its new, stripped-down quartet configuration.
Rollerball is in fine form here, bringing another of their distinctive melanges of rock, jazz, dub, soul, noise, and lounge music, with a bit of sonic manipulaton in the mix for added interest. Mae’s keyboards are the main push behind most of the songs, and her singing is typically great, especially that knack she has for leaning on a note that produces just the right amount of tension against the music. Amanda’s sax often sounded sneaky in the past, which was cool in a way, but now I’m hearing it as a bigger part of the sound and that’s a good thing. Monte (bass) and Gilles (drums) are a flat-out solid rhythm section as well as a creative one, and they are one of the band’s greatest strengths.
As usual, Rollerball keeps up a loose kind of tightness throughout, making their artful, intelligent music very appealing.

Rollerball

wal074
September, 2006
CD
10 tracks
42 minutes

This digipack features extravagant and delicious cocktail of heterogeneous influences with which this band from Portland creates little gems.

Acid folk, poppy-psychedelia, free sketches drew with an incredible intensity and phatos is what makes the difference in most of their songs. The singing is top notch as always, above all those of Mae Starr.
Funny, depressed, dreamy, melancholic and if it was an all you can eat.

Porky Puppet

wal023
March, 2002
CD
18 tracks
70 minutes

Porky Puppet is the reissue of the long time out of stock 10″ We owned Lions together with rare tracks on compilations and 7″, but it also contains 8 unreleased tracks, wrapped in an elegant cardboard sleeve.

La Zuccha Polmonate

wal024
May, 2002
CD
11 tracks
53 minutes

R.U.N.I. are idiots, we know, so they do idiot things.

In a cold and dark night full of fog in the hinterland, drinking alcol to heat them and friends, they had the idiot idea to remix their album , the world wide famous Il Cucchiaio Infernale.
The morning later nobody would have remembered this, but they were in company with bad discographic managers, their manager Elvisio and some little bands searching for fast and big success.

Obliged by contract to handle again their tapes, the idiot idea became a remix album : La Zuccha Polmonate.
Everyone who would like to kick ass with the responsables of this catastrophic result, here’s names : A Short Apnea, A034, Aerodynamics, BugoMirko Spino, Mutables, Ovo, Pin Pin Sugar, Rollerball, Tasaday and R.U.N.I. themselves.
Title and band public image are curated by Elvisio.