Holy Moses and the High Rollers
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Playing easily with rhythms and grooves, Holy Moses and the High Rollers took Third Place at the Battle with a jam-oriented music that toured the world. Within their short 30-minute set, Holy Moses explored Dead rock, Latin-based rhythms, reggae grooves, soul, funk and jazz. Recent transplants from Pennsylvania, Holy Moses is well-synched and very capable of taking the audience on an exotic ride indeed. - Scene Magazine


Fans of classic HeadSeed-era jambands rejoice, 'cause Holy Moses and the High Rollers are here. It's probably a bit of a dubious distinction, but the Rollers self-titled debut rings with the kind of internal adventure that informed early efforts by moe., Percy Hill, and the rapidly disappearing mid-period elders of jam. Beginning the album with "Live For Today," a dark electric guitar waltz which flips with a slight of hand into a Pink Floyd/Police compression-tightened reggae groove, before segueing into the ambient jam > psychedelic funk of "Reginald," the band keeps things moving. The downside is that the band doesn't seem to share the early jambands' fascination with playfulness, both melodic and lyrical, and the music sometimes gets a bit bogged down. But even the most heavy-handed material has musical things to recommend it. The darkly plodding reggae of "Strong As Nails" is a bit dramatic, but the arrangement features some kinda cool melodic doubling of the rhythm, as well as a nifty vocal arrangement on the chorus. It's for the best that they're not too ridiculous, of course, but they're gonna need some time to develop. Oblique Strategies sez: "Assemble some of the elements in a group and treat the group." - Jesse Jarnow with jambands.com


Holy Moses & the High Rollers, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado, played great Latin/salsa/reggae/jazz cross-cultural carnival music — you could just see the Rocky Mountains hovering overhead on the Saloon Stage. HMHR was one of seven new bands that won the "Cosmic Break Competition" sponsored by JamBase. This tactic yielded many fine musical moments, especially the crowd-pleasing HMHR set. "The crowd was really something else," said Nick Boeka, keyboardist and vocalist... - Jambase.com


The majority of bands stick to one sound or style of music. It's not often to hear a band mix a little bit o everything without sounding like a comical act. But that's excatly what local band Holy Moses and the High Rollers have done and they do it with precision. Influenced by the likes of Phish and The Grateful Dead, Holy Moses and the High Rollers have managed to create their own exclusive sound that combines everything from jazz, blues, and funk to reggae and rock.

HMHR have only been in Fort Collins since 2003 and they've already made a name for themselves in the Northern Colorado music scene. Originally from Pennsylvania, the band came to life by four friends playing a few shows (without a single practice session!) at Dickinson College. A few years and a number of performances later HMHR had raised enough money to record their debut album in Hershey, PA. They'd even had the opportunity to open for comedian Dave Chappelle.

HMHR have come a long way since their college beginnings. Today the band consists of Nicholas on Keyboards, Charles on lead guitar, Drummer Andrew (AC), Anthony on bass and Matthew plays rhythm guitar. Whether perfoming at a benefit concerts for Child Safe or jammin' at a bar venue, these live musicians pour everything they have into giving fans a show worth seeing. - Adrienne Vail


Discography

Self Titled - released 2003
recorded at Second Skin Studios in Hershey, PA
Mixed and Mastered at Colorado Sound in Westminster, CO

We also have a large amount of live recordings available for download and streaming via the archive.org. The band promotes concert recording and spreading the music, for no profit of course.

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Bio

Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, The High Rollers have been gaining a growing fan base and notoriety. Most notably, HMHR has played at the 10,000 Lakes Festival 2005 (Detroit Lakes, MN), Microbrews for the Environment 2005 (Boulder, CO) NewWestFest 2005 (Fort Collins, CO), Earthfest 2004 (Fort Collins, CO), and University of Vermont Spring Fling 2002.

They have shared the stage with national acts such as The Motet, Railroad Earth, The Jennifer Hartswick Band, Stanton Moore, Robert Walter, Robert Mercurio, Donald Harrison, Gabby La La, The Breakfast, 56 Hope Road, ALO, Bockman. Their mission to grow musically and creatively is apparent in every song, whether old or new.

The High Rollers have an insatiable appetite to share their music with everyone who is willing and able to take this journey into the inexplicable experiment that Holy Moses is undergoing.