Rolla

Rolla

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If you like clogging, mosh pits or square dancing... then Rolla is NOT the band for you. If you like a guy and girl singing lots of harmony together, a guy occasionally going nuts on the guitar, a uniquely groovy rhythm section and innovative, thoughtful songwriting, then Rolla IS the band for you!

Biography

The Rolla Story:
And to think, he almost didn’t make the gig...

Call it fate, call it a coincidence, call it a series of fortunate events, but three years, two records, and one wedding later, Rolla can only call it their good luck that Fuzz's booking agent forgot to cancel what would prove to be a most fateful gig. It was a cold December night in Burlington, Vermont. Fuzz (Tom Tom Club, Deep Banana
Blackout) made the show at Nectar's, and it was there he met his future wife, band mate and soul mate, Carrie Ernst, a newly local singer-songwriter who remembered Fuzz from his earlier bands. She decided to say hello... The chemistry was undeniable, and that night the two stayed up 'til sunrise talking and playing songs to one another.

Their live debut together was as spontaneous as their meeting, during an acoustic set by Fuzz supporting Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band). Encouraged by a warm audience response (and as an excuse to spend more quality time together) they decided that they should take their musical relationship seriously. As the collaboration became their main focus, they realized something was missing - a rhythm section - and recruited longtime Fuzz associates bassist David Shuman (The Lilys, MayKate O’Neil Band)) and drummer Marc Balling to the cause. Rolla was born.

A band born of love, Rolla's first record, La La Land, naturally has a romantic persuasion. Though the musicians' backgrounds encompass jazz, funk, R&B and folk, Rolla draws inspiration from the players' common ground in timeless pop and rock (the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan), and from the contemporary artists they admire (The Shins, Wilco, Modest Mouse). The centerpiece of Rolla's music is Fuzz and Carrie's vocal harmonies, weaving bright, but laid-back pop melodies over clean and to-the-point electric and acoustic arrangements.

La La Land propelled much touring, including opening spots for national acts such as Blues Traveler, Kenny Rankin and the Weepies, and was awarded "CD of the Year 2005" by the Indie Acoustic Project. The band has since recorded an EP, Fits & Starts, which finds them gone more electric and occasionally exploring some darker lyrical terrain. Love is still decidedly in the air, but Rolla try their collective hand at relational dysfunction with "I'm Happy" and life, death and purgatory with "Let it Happen."

Phil Pitts has taken over drum duty from Balling, who left on good terms over scheduling conflicts (he's a schoolteacher, Rolla's a rock band...). Plans are laid for regional and national tours and a new full-length in the coming year.

Lyrics

How Do You Do It?

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

“How Do You Do It”

I’m beginning to feel this thing
I got this crazy feeling I’m alive
I’ll be hearing your colors bloom
And seeing lovely melodies, in your eyes
Now maybe I’m a silly fool
Laughing at the voices in your head
If you understand them well
Just fill me in
I will be completely there

How do you do it?
You make me feel like a real child
How do you do it?
You wash away the rain sunshine
How do you make it feel so right?

Now I’m planting a family tree
I’ll just sit down here and watch it grow
Around and around it goes
Where it stops
No one will ever know

How do you do it?
You make me feel like a real child
How do you do it?
You wash away the rain sunshine
How do you make it feel so right?

Strangest Thing

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

“Strangest Thing”

I can’t pin you down
You’re too lovely
You just turn me on
Talking in your sleep
You dream of me
You have my soul to keep

You are the strangest thing
You are the strangest thing
That I’ve ever loved

When I check your signs
You stare through me
But I can read your mind
Words you never speak
Bleed through me
You have my soul to keep

You are the strangest thing
You are the strangest thing
That I’ve ever loved

If you came around
They would let you go
Would you still be mine

You are the strangest thing
You are the strangest thing
That I’ve ever loved

You Fell Down

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

“You Fell Down”

The sun shook, the air broke
Right on the bedroom floor
The clothes came, the toothbrush
You left you at the door
The fasting, the fast train
Not such an easy way out
You’re careless, but precious
Yeah but it went so wrong

You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell into my arms

No science or big signs
Brought you to me this time
Unwove you, I saved you
Yeah but it took so long

You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell into my arms

The sun shook, the air broke
Right on the bedroom floor
You’re careless, but precious
Yeah but it went so wrong

You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell down, pretty hard
You fell into my arms

Let It Happen

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

I’ve carefully removed the plugs
That powered all the pieces of my life
Say goodbye
And rescued every moment here
Lay with me until I disappear
It’s all right

All my surroundings start to erode around me
Time is moving so quickly
Just let it happen……. To me

The spiraling sensation is
the turning of the universe within
let’s begin

A billion light years over
I’ll be right here on the corner of your mind
Guess you win

All my surroundings start to erode around me
Time is moving so quickly
Just let it happen……. To me

I'm Happy

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

You shoot me. you stab me.
You drop me to the rug
Terminate me like a bug
Fulfill me, as you kill me
And I’ll be yours to keep
And I’ll watch you while you sleep

But I’m pleased
only to be here beside you
yeah I’m pleased
only to be here, around you
I’m happy

Inject me, you induce me
You fill me to my skin
And I’ll always let you win

I’ll follow you
You scrape me off the ground
And I’ll follow you back down

But I’m pleased
only to be here beside you
yeah I’m pleased
only to be here, around you
I’m happy

Clay

Written By: Fuzz and Carrie

I’ve celebrated moments when it
felt like everything was inside out – why?
Hanging from the sympathetic architecture
built around my mind – why?

Then you lead me here
And turn me in to clay
You feed me tears
I’ll never go away
I know, you were my best

Everyday you get a little closer
to destroying my nerves – why?
Put the headphones on me
so I’m hearing everything that you say – why?

Then you lead me here
And turn me in to clay
You feed me tears
I’ll never go away
I know, you were my best

Discography

La La Land LP (2005)
Fits & Starts EP (2006)

Set List

La La Land
1. Give Up The Ghost
2. Salvation
3. You Were Mine
4. Traffic In The Cosmos
5. This Day
6. Too Late
7. Waiting In Vain
8. End Of Time
9. Stuck In A Daydream

Fits & Starts
1. Let It Happen
2. How Do You Do It?
3. Strangest Thing
4. You Fell Down
5. I’m Happy
6. Clay

New Rolla Material
1. Every Wish
2. Cactus
3. Sunday
4. Fade it Out
5. Messed Up
6. Big Foot
7. Nice Save
8. The Piano
9. Poor John
10. As We Fall
11. Carry Me Home
12. Curse
13. Don’t Break Me

Covers
1. Take on Me – Ah Ha
2. Summertime – Mungo Jerry
3. Melt With You – Modern English
4. It’s the End of the World – REM
5. Whip It - Devo
6. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
7. Don’t you Want Me – Human League
8. 99 Balloons – Nena
9. What I Got - Sublime
10. Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley
11. We Can Work It Out – Beatles
12. Rocky Raccoon - Beatles
13. For What its Worth - Buffalo Springfield
14. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
15. Breathe – Pink Floyd
16. B