"Rollo was a purse snatcher. My father ran into him off duty. And he shot my father six times and got away clean. No one even knew who he was. I just made the name up to give him some personality... Rollo Tomasi's the reason I
became a cop. I wanted to catch the guys who thought they could get away with it."
-Det. Lt. Edmund Exley / L.A. Confidential (1997 Film)
"Chicago produced Shellac and The Jesus Lizard (and numerous copycats),
so the city's musicians seemingly have a predilection toward noisy,
aggressive post-punk. The tradition continues in Rollo Tomasi, a band whose
rougher edge gives it a post-hardcore sound, like a more melodic, less
repetitious Helmet. On the group's intense new album, Work Slow Crush
Foes, huge-sounding guitars grind against a propulsive rhythm section as
frontman Neil Sandler's not-quite-yelled, not-quite-sung voice tops it all. The
whole thing sounds ominous—i.e., just right—so Rollo Tomasi ably continue
the tradition began by its forebears."
-Kyle Ryan / THE ONION - AV CLUB
"Rollo Tomasi - whose name is derived from the film 'LA Confidential' -
concoct dark, pounding soundscapes that make you think there must be
something invigorating - yet ultimately sinister - in the air of Illinois' 'Windy
City'... Taking their rhythmic alliance cues from the late, lamented sluggers
The Jesus Lizard, and admirably mixing it with Jawbox's more obtuse
moments, 'He Who Holds You' must be the next item on your rock shopping
list." -Simon Young / KERRANG! (4 of 5 K's)
A Chicago rock band since 1999.