Rollerskates (band)

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Rollerskates
OriginPerth, Western Australia, Australia
GenresIndie pop
Years active1999 –present
LabelsQStik Records/MGM Distribution
MembersJordan Johnston
David Namour
Stephen Callan
Gabriel Nicotra
Past membersLo-Key Fu (2000 - 2003)

Rollerskates are a five piece indie pop band from Perth, Western Australia. Their music is a mix of electronic sounds, dance music, hip-hop, rock and funk.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Rollerskates were formed in 1998 when Stephen Callan (Stevie C), David Namour (Rufus) and Jordan Johnstone (Jordy) released a 20 track recording under the name Rollerskates, essentially a collection of samples and Casio keyboards. In order to recreate the tunes live they added Moflo Leigh and Gabriel Nicotra to the band. In 2001 the band released their first EP Tell Your Mother To Tell Her Friends. The EP was released by local record label, QStik Records and distributed nationally through MGM Distribution. It received airplay from community radio stations in Australia, as well as Triple J exposure with live performances on The Oz Music Show and Hip Hop Show. The band were named as Triple J's first Australian Music 'New Wave' band for Ausmusic Month in November 2001.

The band subsequently reached the final round of Channel [V]'s "Leg Up" competition. They returned to the recording studio with engineer/producer Shaun O'Callaghan (Eskimo Joe/Gyroscope/John Butler Trio). The result was the EP The Movement, which was launched in March 2002 at Perth's Globe Entertainment Complex and featured support performances from On Inc and Jedi Master J from the band 28 Days. The EP had seven tracks.

The Movement[edit]

Three songs from The Movement EP, "The Movement", "Half A Loaf Of Funk - Remix" and "H.A.R.M" were added to national rotation on Triple J,[1][2] and also received airplay on radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The music video for "The Movement" received national airplay on ABC's Rage, Channel [V] and MTV, and was awarded Best Local Music Video at the 2002 WAMi Awards.

In 2002 they performed at the Perth leg of The Big Day Out. The band then embarked on their first East Coast Tour in July 2002, playing to moderate sized crowds in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as a sell out crowd at SJ's in Newcastle, where they (for the second time) supported Machine Gun Fellatio. They then played at 'Music Business Adelaide'.

Polyether 1944[edit]

Polyether 1944 was the band's third release, gaining immediate rotation all over the country in 2003.[citation needed] The music video for "Polyether 1944" with animated effects was played on Channel [V], Rage[3] (ABC) and Saturday Morning Fly (ABC). Rollerskates received a further three nominations at the 2003 WAMi awards for 'Most Popular Local Original Live Act', 'Most Popular Local Original Live Electronic Act' and 'Most Popular Local Original Urban Music Act'. Not long after, the band embarked on its second East Coast Tour in early 2004, this time incorporating Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Sydney.

The band then performed again at the Perth Big Day Out in 2004. Rollerskates have been the supporting band for a number of artists including Gerling, Jebediah, Magic Dirt, Machine Gun Fellatio, One Dollar Short, Resin Dogs, pre.shrunk and Regurgitator.[citation needed]

The band then undertook a brief hiatus, working on new material for their debut album, Rekkid. The first single, released from the album, in early 2005 was "Gettit". Triple J placed the single on its 'Hitlist', giving it high rotation.[citation needed]

In May 2006 the band released the second single, "Picture Book", followed by Rekkid in October, 2007.

Band members[edit]

  • Mofloleigh - Vocals / Samples
  • Jordan Johnston - guitar/vocals
  • David Namour - bass
  • Stephen Callan - keyboards/vocals
  • Gabriel Nicotra - drums/percussion

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rekkid (2007)

EP's[edit]

  • Tell Your Mother To Tell Her Friends - QStik Records/MGM (1 May 2001)
  • The Movement - QStik Records/MGM (2 April 2002)

Singles[edit]

  • "Polyether 1944" - (2003)
  • "Seventy Pie" - (2004)
  • "Gettit" - (2005)
  • "Picture Book" - QStik Records/MGM Distribution (2006)

Trivia[edit]

  • Steve Callan, Gabriel Nicotra and David Namour also play in Perth band The Panda Band.

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