Upon listening to Rolo Tomassis aptly named album Hysterics, initially at least, I was not all that impressed. What I heard was noise, incoherent noise. However, seeing a band live breeds fresh perspective often missed by tired ears.
The force of the vocals, heavy guitar and manic Jazz synths, hit the crowd like a tsunami and every so often the synth player throws himself into the pit causing it to erupt and spew fans up and over on to the stage!
Closing with the tormented screams of I love turbulence,
the beasts howls are occasionally tamed into a voice more akin
with an angel's. Conjoined with metal riffs and eerie keys (which wouldnt
seem out of place in a B movie), the perfect end is provided for what
has been a frantic, schizophrenic, disjointed and exhausting spectacle,
that can only be witnessed to be understood.
Words and Pix by Hellen Burton