Rollo Time

Rollo Time


Rollo Time is gritty, power-pop.  Rollo Time is adult alternative rock.  Rollo Time is a quartet of four musical veterans based near Chicago, Illinois.  The group rocks in the classic power–pop tradition; that is, immediately grab the attention of the listener with power chords and irresistible hooks, make your point and move on to the next song.  Rollo Time is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Jon Raleigh, who was looking for a new challenge following the demise of local trio The Time Beings in 2005.

Raleigh enlisted the help of drummer Tony Gaetto (a fellow ‘Being), Chicago bassist Matt Sharp (Electricon) and former Cereal Killers/Zoot guitarist Sean Black to piece together a debut CD, the self-titled ROLLO TIME.  The songs on the first record cover a wide swath of ground within the power pop, classic rock and edgy alternative genres while clear-cutting “to the quick” with the scythe of intelligent lyrics, a positive message and twists and turns that keep listeners on their toes.  

The debut CD, ROLLO TIME, is filled with one song or another that appeals to rock music lovers of many different stripes.  “Maintenance Free” is a pop-song with glimpses of classic rock.  “Travel The World” is the most complete rocker on the record with plenty of crunch and attitude.  “Teach To Grow” is a haunting ballad about facing death with dignity, while “Digging My Garden” sounds like the second coming of Sugar.

The surprisingly positive response to the songs on the first record got the band started on a follow-up project.  Recording began in April 2010 at Chicago’s Gravity Studios.  Producing the new album, entitled “Victims of the Crown” was Doug McBride, known for his work with other pop/alternative rock masters such as Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Verbow and others. 

Beginning with the first track on the CD, “You Can Talk”, it’s clear that “Victims” is a new direction for Rollo Time.  Production on the 10 new power-pop gems is top-notch, innovative and a great listen.  Fans can look forward to plenty of ear candy on the new release, including some very diverse instrumentation like electric slide guitar, dobro, lap steel and even glockenspiel, not to mention McBride’s knack for tasty sampling and percussion techniques.  McBride’s handiwork is literally the icing on the cake that is the strong songwriting at Rollo Time’s core.  The “can’t get the song outta my head” quality of the material is really what ties the debut CD to “Victims”.  Says Raleigh: “It’s a new collection of songs that each stand on their own but also form a coherent whole.  On “Victims” we moved into less familiar territory and really did some cool things on the production side…I really hope our fans get a kick out of the new CD”.

In late 2012, Matt Sharp left the band and was replaced by Andy Goesel, known for his work with Seven Day Run.  Andy also played with Sean in Zoot and Cereal Killers.  "We couldn't be happier with Andy's contributions to our sound", said Raleigh; "Andy brings so much to the table...his playing is phenomenal and he's a great singer to boot."  So grab the new “Victims of the Crown” CD from Rollo Time and hear it live at some very special engagements in the near future.