Rolo Tomassi's Chris Cayford: “If something sounds good, don’t worry about how many notes there are or what time signature it’s in. Just keep playing and experimenting”

Chris Cayford of Rolo Tomassi
(Image credit: Ellie Mitchell)

Though loosely rooted in the UK’s hardcore scene, there’s always been something conspicuously different about Rolo Tomassi. The Sheffield quintet’s music has never been easy to categorize, twisting elements of shoegaze, black metal and filmscore into their own seductive blend of heavy atmospheric noise – one potent enough to put just about kind of listener under its esoteric spell.

This year’s sixth album, titled Where Myth Becomes Memory, sees the group taking this idea further than ever before, adding to the ethereal dynamic range that gained them world recognition. For guitarist Chris Cayford, who joined in 2012, the new music reflects a sonic maturity that’s come naturally with time and a more refined balance between his six-string and the other instruments in the band…

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).