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Rroland is an eccentric grape farmer who headed down from the hills of northern California to his current home in San Francisco.
He records his strange music on antique monophonic synthesisers in his home-built studio. He believes he has lived before, in different eras, as different people. This record is a series of 'mistaken memories' of these lives.
1975: Started a cover band called Little Pinto and the Rear End Collisions, played guerrilla gigs around a commune.
1981: Started Jimmy Baker performed at Mabuhay Gardens and Berkeley Square
1995: Recorded Cortez in a cement room on a four track. A stark folk tale of an urban cop. CMJ editor Scott Frampton: "Liked it a lot... but don't get too excited!"
1997-1998: Launches Castle Robertson record label, records first LP Substantial Reports of Airplay.
April 1999: Reworks songs from Substantial Reports and writes five new songs, releases Trapped Under the Tor.
November 1999: Records the EP Momusissus, a set of parodies of Ovid stories with pop stars inserted for fun, uses the Roland SH3A analog monotone synthesizer for the first time on a recording.
March 2000: begins work on his EP of six instrumental songs Reflections on a Past Life recorded exclusively with the Roland.
Summer 2000: records Sebastien Hein and Christine, an acoustic ballad reviewed by Robin Carmody for Freaky Trigger: 'The English psychedelic tradition I love isn't the overdone bastardisation of the 70s, it's the more simple, clear and expressive sound of the late 60s. Lucas's vocal style is the combination of removed idolisation and desire for closeness that defines all the finest Romantic pop. One of his best moments yet.'
February 2001: American Patchwork / Momus wishes to curate an LP of the Roland-based music. Rroland sets out to compose and record the rest of the LP, using two other past life experiences as a springboard.
March 2001: Finishes the project, rehearses his live solo show.
June - July 2002: Joins the American Patchwork Tour for its west coast dates.
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Reflections on a Past Life as Played on the Roland Synthesizer
The CD on American Patchwork Records
Made and distributed by Darla
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Find out when and where Rroland is playing near you on the American Patchwork Tour Page (please note, west coast cities only).
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