#Review: ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives


   

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ROAM are a British pop punk band from Eastbourne, consisting of members Alex Costello (vocals), Alex Adam (lead guitar and backing vocals), Matt Roskilly (bass), Sam Veness (rhythm guitar) and Miles Gill (drums). The band formed in 2012 and since then have performed on the Warped Tour ’16, signed to Hopeless Records and have now just released their second album, Great Heights & Nosedives.

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The band’s new record opens with the hard-hitting track, ‘Alive’, and doesn’t really let up from its high-energy, bounce-inducing pop punk for the majority of the album. It is undoubtedly a good effort from the band and a strong follow-up to 2016’s debut, Backbone, however it’s not really taking any great strides to revolutionise the already saturated world of pop punk.

Sadly, ‘Curtain Call’ feels a little like it’s trying too hard to be profound but slightly missing the mark, whilst ‘Home’ is quite a letdown – it really doesn’t finish the album in as strong a way as it started, with just a quick fade out at the end, making it feel like the band weren’t sure quite how to finish the track – I really expected some long and explosive grande finale.

This is an album which is undoubtedly going to sit well within a hardcore, pop punk lover’s collection.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some really great moments on the album too, such as the banger that is ‘Alive’, thundering guitars and mosh-inducing rhythm of ‘Left For Dead’, the grungy, fast-paced ‘Open Water and the varying tempos of the somewhat funky, ‘The Rich Life Of A Poor Man’, which overall, make it quite a thrilling record, however I still feel like it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I find myself reminiscing some of the earlier days of New Found GloryAll Time Low and We The Kings and at points even Four Year Strong.

The album was produced by Kyle Black (who’s worked with the likes of State Champs, New Found Glory and Comeback Kid) in Los Angeles, California. This explains the authentic American sound to the record and might account for Alex Costello‘s pseudo-American accent throughout. Whilst this is synonymous with the genre, it’d be nice to hear an English-sounding pop punk band, just for a change.

This is an album which is undoubtedly going to sit well within a hardcore, pop punk lover’s collection…and it should; it’s a decent record. I just think that in order to really stand out from the masses of similar bands and achieve longevity in their career, they’re going to have to really push the boundaries of the genre on their next album; consider the likes of ParamoreFall Out BoyGood Charlotte and All Time Low.

Rating
3


‘Great Heights & Nosedives’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/great-heights-nosedives/id1270970229


Great Heights & Nosedives on Spotify

Alive (Official Video)

Playing Fiction (Official Video)


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#Review: Everywhere – Fiction Act (EP)

Everywhere have released one heck of an EP! Check out our review…


   

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Everywhere are a London-based four-piece band who have already received a lot of attention for their lead single, Some Other Dude, which has received over 1 millions plays on Spotify and a feature on BBC Introducing London.

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The opening track, ‘Shades At Night’, has all the makings of a massive anthem and sure kicks off the EP with a bang. It’s a song that is begging to be chanted along to, by any audience and would sit perfectly inside a massive stadium. It’s a monster of a song and very reminiscent of something that The KillersThe 1975 or maybe even Take That would produce, but it definitely still has their own unique mark on it!

‘Heroine’ is a twisted tale of love that has beautiful vocal harmonies and gang vocals that can’t help but draw you in. ‘Some Other Dude’ has some seriously cool effects on the guitars and this song is itching to be danced to; it’s got some major funk to it! The EP closes with ‘Let It Go’, which although a much mellower offering, is just as captivating as the other songs. The synth sounds throughout the EP are so on point and current and here they just add to the epic, euphoria that builds throughout the track.

The production of this EP is superb too – it’s got a cool, edgy, funky pop sound that enhances the songs perfectly. This is thanks, in part, to American producer, Mark Needham, who’s worked with the likes of The KillersWalk The MoonThe 1975Imagine Dragons and P!nk.

This whole EP has been crammed full of top-notch production, quality song-writing and fantastic, catchy melodies – it’d be quite easy to get caught out busting a move or two or belting along to it in your car or just about anywhere it’s played. I honestly love this EP and the band too! One heck of an EP!

I’m sure these guys are going to be huge and if you haven’t heard of them already, be sure to check out this incredible EP…I’m just sad there aren’t more tracks! Bring on the album!

Rating
4-5


‘Fiction Act – EP’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fiction-act-ep/id1177030591


 Fiction Act (EP) on Spotify

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Shades At Night (Official Video)


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#ThrowbackThursday: Sonique – ‘If Feels So Good’

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Sonique originally released ‘It Feels So Good’ in 1998, reaching just 24 in the charts, but upon its re-release in May 2000, the single rocketed to Number 1, where it stayed for 3 consecutive weeks. The Guinness Book of Records confirmed that at the time, Sonique was the first British female to stay at number one for three weeks since Kate Bush in 1978.

The singer was also known for her stand-out appearance – her short hair and leather jacket open over her rather bare body. It was quite iconic at the time!

Anyone remember this song? Have you got any good memories of this song? Please share in the comment below.

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‘It Feels So Good’ can be bought from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/it-feels-so-good/id14419447?i=14419482


#WildCardWednesday: Disney’s The Lion King – ‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’

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The Lion King has surely got to be one of the most notable films Disney has ever released!

Although it was released back in 1994, it is memorable for its incredible soundtrack, featuring the writing talents of Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as its epically emotional scenes, when Mufasa is killed by Scar and its comedic scenes featuring the dynamic duo, Timon and Pumbaa!

Timon and Pumbaa were such a hit with audiences, that they went on to have their own spin-off series and the film went on to have two sequels.

This particular song, ‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’, has been chosen because of its interesting remix elements! Mat Zo is a Grammy-nominated producer and DJ from Britain and he’s done an excellent job of remixing this classic Disney song. He has combined elements of the original song with dubstep/drum & bass qualities. The video is pretty trippy and cool too!

What do you think of this intriguing remix? A fan or not? Got any other interesting tracks for our Disney-themed #WildCardWednesday? Please spread the love by sharing the link to this post.

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‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’ is available for download right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/circle-life-from-lion-king/id844858059?i=844858153