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rollerball / Press

“There won't be shit left to talk about, sings founder member Mae Starr on "Split Pea", as she shares her own personal dystopian vision of an apocalyptic future and into which the similarities with Rollerball the movie suddenly become ever clearer. The celluloid Rollerball seems to demonstrate the hopelessness and helplessness of resistance. I guess this is what it must feel like to be in Rollerball the band as they swim against the tide of convention with their amalgam of free jazz, ambience, electronica and general progressive weirdness. Their dark songs seem to anticipate the end of the world, or at least in the case of "Rick Wright" the end of life, and as the album shifts through various shapes and gears from smoky supper clubs to trance-like raves their edges become more sharp and discordant, in much the same way that Rollerball the movie becomes progressively more violent.”

simon godley - all gigs.com.uk

“Portland, Oregon's Rollerball is one of the great and sadly neglected bands of recent years. This eclectic, unpredictable outfit doesn't get anywhere near the acclaim they deserve for their utterly unique sound, which blends avant-pop, free jazz, noisy electronics, prog rock, reggae and ethnic musics, even dashes of techno, into a surprisingly cohesive sound. They have amassed quite an impressive, varied discography. Despite ranging all over the place from album to album and even song to song, they somehow always sound like Rollerball, no mean trick when one track might be a noisy free jazz blowout, the next a downtempo trip-hop ballad, the next a scratchy piece of improvised psych/folk. It's hard to sum up a band this diverse in one track, so I haven't even tried, instead picking two tracks that, while still not really encompassing the full breadth of this great band's oeuvre, do suggest their ability to shapeshift at will. "”