credit: Martha Wurmus
Whether in sports or pop culture, the good old roller skate is always up for a revival. Roller Derby is the name of both a feminist roller skating sport and an indie-pop trio from Hamburg founded in 2020, whose music bridges the gap between nostalgic, wavey 80s sounds and modern indie pop.
At a real Roller Derby Jam you will be pushed and blocked. When Philine Meyer (vocals, keys), Manuel Romero Soria (guitar) and Max Nielsen (bass) jam, it is much more light-footed and harmonic. Turn off the gym lights and turn on the fog machine!
Warm synth sounds spread throughout the room, above which floats Philine Meyer’s vocals, which in terms of dreaminess and nostalgia are reminiscent of Victoria Legrand from the dream-pop duo Beach House or the folk singer Angel Olsen. Fading chorus guitars evoke memories of those nights when a The Cure song is played at a late hour and tiredness gives way once again to a feeling of euphoria.
Dreaming and dancing, both find their equal place in Roller Derby’s sound cosmos. Timeless Indie-Pop that could be played quite well behind „Friday I’m In Love“. So don’t turn on the lights, let’s go for another spin in the blue fog!
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