ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives
Released: October 13th, 2017
Formed in England in 2012, ROAM have spent the last few years steadily climbing to the top of the pop-punk pile. Their debut album ‘Backbone‘ released in 2016 through Hopeless Records saw them travelling the world for the last year and a half. Now comes their latest release Great Heights & Nosedives, aka the dreaded second album that can make or break a band.
It’s time now to embark on a listening journey as I try to determine….
‘Guilty Melody’ comes straight after, which is my least favourite off the release; just wasn’t my cup of tea. Track 6 however…. IT’S A BLOODY BANGER!!!! ‘Open Water’ is exactly the sort of anthem I live for on an album. I thought Playing Fiction might have been that tune for this record, but Open Water blew me away from the first listen. I will be jamming this HARD for the next millennium. The opening part of next track ‘Curtain Call’ indicated it would be a slow song (ugh), but the powerful chorus pleasantly surprised me with its more aggressive vocals and instrumentals – still potentially my least favourite off the record though.
‘Scatterbrained’ is a song I’m definitely not partial to; still decent, and most definitely redeemed by its catchy chorus, but not something I’ll be rushing to add to playlists anytime soon. The last two songs have left me in a bit of a lull, but then another bloody banger emerges in the form of 9th track ‘Flatline’. The chorus makes me want to fly-kick posers in the pit, and it will definitely make an appearance in my “EMO HITLIST” playlist alongside Open Water. Bloody good form boys.
Classic whiney pop-punk vocals (sorry Costello) ring out in the opening bars of ‘While The World Keeps Spinning’, another pretty standard genre-friendly tune; it’s not a bad thing though – I found the song palatable and enjoyable, and it definitely compliments the rest of the album. Closing out the record is ‘Home’; the sweeping gang-vocals present throughout the song give it a wholesome and nostalgic feel, both characteristics that you definitely need for a closing track that will leave listeners feeling stoked to have listened through.
I definitely think this album is going to grow on me; the fast-paced songs will keep pulling me back in, and I’ll become more and more fond of the other songs I wasn’t initially drawn to. Overall I think this record is really great; it’s cohesive without being repetitive, super fun, really well written and much to my pleasure, didn’t include any of those god-forsaken token acoustic slow songs.
ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives tracklisting
2. Left For Dead
3. The Rich Life Of A Poor Man
4. Playing Fiction
5. Guilty Melody
6. Open Water
7. Curtain Call
10. While The World Keeps Spinning
Rating: I’m giving it a 7.5/10, and concluding that it is in fact, a banger.
Great Heights & Nosedives is Our Now via Hopeless Records. Get a copy here
Review by Georgia Moloney
ROAM are also touring Australia in Jan/Feb 2018 in support of Knuckle Puck!
Knuckle Puck – Australian Tour 2018
Tuesday, 9th January – Arrow On Swanston, Melbourne – AA
Wednesday, 10th January – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne –18+
Thursday, 11th January – Fowlers Live, Adelaide – AA (Licenced)
Saturday, 13th January – Unify Gathering, Tarwin Lower – 18+ SOLD OUT
Sunday, 14th January – Factory Theatre, Sydney – AA (Licenced)
Monday, 15th January – Small Ballroom, Newcastle – 18+
Tuesday, 16th January – The Zoo, Brisbane –18+