“Roll Over White” has only been a band since May 2018, but the group has already established itself quite well on the South Shore and beyond.
The band consists of five local youths -- Isabella Diaz on vocals, Stephen Sifflard on drums and vocals, Kevin Cafferty on keyboards, James Carney on guitar, and Emmett Wilmot on bass guitar.
All band members are from Norwell except Wilmot, who is from Hingham.
But they are much more than a “youth band,” and coming out from that label has proven challenging.
“We like that people are impressed by our sound, but definitely want to lead with the fact that we are such a different sound, have such high energy on stage, and put on a good show, rather than people hyper focus on who we are,” Diaz said.
The band’s music uses a combination of many different musical elements, Cafferty said: “The guitar, drums, and bass provide a strong sense of power and drive while the keyboards add a mysterious atmosphere.”
Diaz called their music “very niche.”
“That's probably the best word to describe it. It doesn't quite fit in with your stereotypical rock song you would hear on the radio. It is at the heart of it a collaboration," Diaz said. "We all write our own parts; collaborate on lyrics and harmonies. It's also a little unorthodox for rock: two lead singers going back and forth, guitarists that are the basis of what we do, heavily featured keyboards, and a foundational bass.”
According to Cafferty, the band’s biggest influences are the “Queens of the Stone Age” and the “Foo Fighters.”
Putting it together
Roll Over White came about after Sifflard and Carney threw out the idea of starting a band together, and then started rehearsing. Cafferty joined next and the trio played a few gigs together.
“Stephen and I know each other from way back and he reached out about this project and I was super excited to join and sing with them,” Diaz said. “We all went to school together so we all had a vague idea of each other as players. Emmet is truly the baby of the band and he joined through James' family member.”
The name of the band comes from the film, “Jaws,” Cafferty explained.
“Quint famously describes a shark’s eyes as ‘rolling over white’ as it bites its prey.,” he said.
For the most part, the band rehearses weekly at Sifflard’s home.
“We would all love to practice more though,” Cafferty said.
While the band performs both cover songs, as well as original songs, they are striving to bring more original works into their set.
“We play covers that we like, but we are not a cover band,” Diaz said. “We take pride in our ability to story-tell and share our experiences through original music.”
Gigs and studio time
Roll Over White has played at various venues. The biggest gigs would be the Hard Rock Café in Boston, The Bitter End in New York, the Middle East in Cambridge, and, of course, Scituate Heritage Days, which they played at this year.
“It was a great experience,” Cafferty said of the band performing at Heritage Days. “The sound was awesome.”
The band has even been into a recording studio.
Last winter they recorded their debut LP at 37’ Productions in Rockland with renowned music producer Sean McLaughlin.
“We plan to return this winter to record an album,” Cafferty said.
The band enjoys being in the studio but loves playing live shows because it allows the members to engage with the audience and show their talents onstage, Cafferty said.
“Head Down” is the band’s signature song.
“It’s an original off our debut EP and won the ‘Best Original’ award at the Battle of the Bands competition last fall on the North Shore,” Cafferty said.
This is just the beginning for this up-and-coming band, which most definitely plans to continue into the future, and already has gigs scheduled throughout the fall.
“All of us are studying music in school at some capacity, but our professional outings are with the band,” Diaz said. “Music is a shared passion and we all rely on one another.”
Cafferty called the experience in the band, “amazing.”
“I am excited to see where we go.”
Check out Roll Over White at rolloverwhite.com or find them on Instagram @rolloverwhite, on the YouTube channel Roll Over White Band, and on Facebook.
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