Austin darkwave trio TROLLER (ft. Adam Jones of S U R V I V E) sign to Relapse Records. TROLLER will release their new full-length album in 2021. TROLLER have currently released two full-length albums to date via the label established by the band, Holodeck Records.
Additionally, TROLLER share the official video for “Torch” from their 2016 full-length ‘Graphic’. Watch the Melissa Cha directed video on YouTube below:
TROLLER comment on the signing:
“We are thrilled to be working with a kick ass label like Relapse and join a roster with some of our long time favorite bands! We have been working very hard on a new record; it’s heavier, catchier and better produced than anything we’ve done before. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been doing and will be ready to hit the road as soon as the pandemic allows. Thanks to our fans that have been patient with us, the new album will definitely be out in 2021, and we think it’s our best music so far. We already have follow up material in the works, so there should be some interesting subsequent releases soon afterwards. Just like everyone else, we are so ready to leave this shit year behind and looking forward to 2021!
“Torch” video director Mellisa Cha comments:
“’Torch’ was a labor of love for everyone involved. For a project with much greater ambition than budget or resources, the enthusiasm everyone showed throughout production was a huge part of pulling it off and we’re all really proud of it. Torch is as much a convergence of interests in sci-fi, fantasy, and experimental film as it is an impressionistic story about a character struggling toward acceptance of her own persecution.”
Blurring the line between electronic pop group and heavy live band, TROLLER merges an intriguing combination of influences into a brooding and catchy experience. Founded in 2010 out of Austin’s electronic scene by vocalist/bassist Amber Star-Goers and producer/keyboardist Adam Jones (member of S U R V I V E and Thousand Foot Whale Claw), TROLLER’s darkwave aesthetic comes with a hefty dose of doom metal, witch-house and industrial sound design. Driven by booming low-end sub hits and half-time drum machine rhythms, Star-Goers’ fuzz-bass riffs and otherworldly vocals give the band’s ominous pop anthems a unique quality that perfectly complement Jones’ analog synth work. From their earliest performances, TROLLER’s compelling live show put them on the map locally, and after touring extensively across America’s DIY underground, the band quickly developed a national following.
TROLLER released their debut self-titled album in 2012 which played a key role in the founding of Holodeck Records that is still owned and operated by the band to date. Propelled by the singles “Tiger” and “Winter”, the album received critical acclaim for it’s mix of haunting pop jams with aggressive instrumentation and abstract soundscapes, giving TROLLER plenty of cross genre appeal. From 2012-2014, the band toured all over the US & Canada and sold out of multiple pressings of LPs, CDs and cassettes of the album. They settled in to record a new album in 2014.
After pouring themselves into the studio for almost two years, TROLLER released their sophomore record Graphic in early 2016 on Holodeck Records. The album’s biting tones and dense songwriting expanded on the themes of the self-titled, and gave TROLLER fans the highly anticipated follow-up they were hoping for. With music videos for “Nothing”, “Not Here”, “Storm Maker” and “Sundowner,” Graphic brought the band even more national attention as they began to play for larger crowds. With the addition of Justin Goers (husband of frontwoman Amber Star-Goers and member of Thousand Foot Whale Claw) on guitar and electronics, TROLLER once again hit the road for much of 2016-2018 making festival appearances and headlining in cities all over North America.
In late 2018 TROLLER began work on the third LP, and with their recent signing to Relapse Records, the new album is slated for release in 2021. Although Covid-19 put some delays on the recording process, the band is eager to bring new music to their fans along with more music videos and live shows as soon as the pandemic permits.
“Austin creepgaze trio Troller push the darkwave lexicon into doom metal, noise and ultra-romantic Lana Del Rey.”
– Rolling Stone