When Rolo’s debut ‘Hysterics’ finally pushed them beyond the boundaries of those who’d been in the know for the first three years of their career, the brashness and pure frenzy of their attack was seen as their primary weapon. It was, in fact, hysterical – lashing out in all directions and barely pausing for breath. However, with ‘Cosmology’ Rolo Tomassi have created something so rounded that their success can no longer be attributed to the mere excitement of youth, because it annihilates any criticism that they’re just being intentionally obtuse.
Even though they’re still head and shoulders above most hardcore bands – ‘House House Casanova’ and ‘French Motel’ are classic exercises in misdirection and barbed violence – it’s when they meddle with the sweet and seductive that their true power becomes evident. Eva Spence has always been renowned for her vocal prowess as a screamer, but behind that horrific growl lies a softly charming voice that makes ‘Kasia’ and the title track swoon. This, right here, is the sound of a band at the top of their game.
At the top of their game for now, that is. It’s a staggering achievement and, in an ideal world, will inspire thousands of young hands to pick up instruments and start making music of their own.