#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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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with David Ford


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It’s been interview fever for us recently; over the past fews weeks I had the fantastic opportunity to interview Joe Ragosta from Patent Pending, then the Race The Horizon boys and now we’re back for another interview with the fascinating David Ford.

During this interview, David explained his writing process and why he’s been rather quiet of late. He also took the time to explain what music he’s been listening to lately…or not, as the case may be, and why he loves to gig in Philadelphia so much!

I decided for this interview, not to play ‘Would You Rather…?’, as David is such a nice soul, and it just didn’t seem right.

I hope you enjoy this interview and please go ahead and share the link on your social media accounts! 

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#FeelGoodFriday: Toploader – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’

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Toploader are a band from Eastbourne (not far from where I’m based, in Brighton), consisting of four members now; Joseph Washbourn, Dan HipgraveMatt Knight and Rob Green.

Released in February 2000, this song is now over 15 years old…would you believe it?! Sure this song may not be a recent release but damn it’s a good song! I never get tired of this and it’s such a happy, uplifting song for our #FeelGoodFriday track this week!

Did you know, this song is actually a cover?! The original was by a band called King Harvest!

What did you think of this song when it was released? What do you think of it now? Please share your #FeelGoodFriday track in a comment below.

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‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ is of course available on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dancing-in-the-moonlight/id273399881?i=273400021