October 12, 2017 |

ROAM- Great Heights and Nosedives

ROAM- Great Heights and Nosedives

October 12, 2017 |

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Eastbourne pop punk act, ROAM have done pretty well for themselves so far. The band signed to US punk label Hopeless in 2014, joining a star studded roster containing bands like Sum 41 and New Found Glory. Having already released an EP on the label in 2015 and their debut album, Backbone, last year the bandare back with more pop punk goodness for us. Great Heights and Nosedives comes out on October 13th and has already spawned two singles.

Lead single, Playing Fiction comes in the first half of the record and builds up to a fist pumping chorus. It's quintessential pop punk but it contains an energy unique to the band. The lyrics and hooks on the track are more intricate than many other acts from the genre would try and this works to great effect. The production across the track brings the song to life by keeping things tight and even adding additional parts for effect. It's a great first single and fills its place on the album well.

The next single from the album is also the opener, Alive. The track opens up the record in bombastic pop punk fashion. Bouncing verses and proud vocals from the track and carry it through to big, uplifting choruses. Gang vocals come into play later into the track too, another example of the band taking the pop punk playbook and rearranging it in their own way. The following track, Left For Dead also deserves a mention for it's choruses which are some of my favourite parts of the album.