ROAM announce debut album & unleash new single / music video

Eastbourne pop punks ROAM have announced that their debut album ‘Backbone’ will be released via Hopeless Records on 22nd January, 2016. The first single to be unveiled from the record is the rabble-rousing ‘Deadweight’ for which the band have released an epic music video…

The clip chronicles the band taking action against a negative comment on one of their YouTube videos, combat style. Matt Wilson of Set Your Goals provides guest vocals for the track and also plays a cameo role in the video.

‘Backbone’ follows ROAM’s ‘Viewpoint’ EP which was released earlier in 2015. The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios with additional engineering by Phil Gornell and mastering by Grant Berry. Rian Dawson of All Time Low recorded Matt Wilson’s guest vocal part at his studio in California.

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Alex Adam (vocals / guitar) elaborates on the band’s approach “We always felt like an album had to really make a statement or it wasn’t worth doing. Production, sound, songwriting – everything needs to make a significant step up or it’s just another release, nothing special. There are a few songs on the album that we wouldn’t have been confident enough to write or put out as our younger selves. It took a lot of time for us to make that transition and I think Backbone is a word that signifies that. Doing something and being confident about it, despite any risk involved. It’s a lyric in one of the songs on the album and I think it resonates with what we felt we needed during the writing period.”

Taking cues from the likes of Sum 41, Simple Plan, Blink-182 and New Found Glory but also drawing upon a diverse range of influences from Shakira (yep, Shakira) to Eminem, ROAM are well aware that they might be raising some eyebrows amongst their devoted fanbase. Adam says “I think people will be shocked for sure, there are definitely some things we’ve not done before like using piano and there’s an acoustic song and just generally a lot more variety in the songs, but I hope people will love it. The thing we were aiming for with the album was to spark some nostalgia by taking influence from a lot of the stuff we listened to growing up as opposed to the new wave of pop punk, and also by taking on a way wider range of influences. I think what happened is we ended up combining a lot of different stuff into the sound we’ve been working towards for a long time.”

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ROAM have been inciting crowdsurfing frenzies on a plethora of tours across the UK, Europe and the US over the past couple of years as well as at festivals such as Slam Dunk and Download. Most recently, the band supported State Champs on their UK and European dates plus they’ll be playing at the Vans Warped Tour UK at Alexandra Palace this very weekend. They’ll also be heading out to the US on a co-headlining tour with Handguns in Nov/Dec.

‘Backbone’ Tracklisting:

  1. The Desmond Show
  2. Cabin Fever
  3. Deadweight
  4. All The Same
  5. Hopeless Case
  6. Bloodline
  7. R.I.P In Peace
  8. Tracks
  9. Head Rush
  10. Goodbyes
  11. Tell Me
  12. Leaving Notice
Tour dates:
Oct 18 – Vans Warped Tour UK, London – Alexandra Palace

USA co-headline w/ Handguns:

Nov 10 – Boston, MA – The Middle East
Nov 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Nov 12 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
Nov 13 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
Nov 14 – Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
Nov 15 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
Nov 17 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
Nov 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
Nov 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo
Nov 21 – Colorado Springs, CO -The Black Sheep
Nov 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Nov 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Nov 25 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater
Nov 27 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov 28 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Nov 29 – San Diego, CA – Voodoo Room
Dec 1 – Henderson, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall
Dec 2 – Mesa, AZ – The Underground
Dec 4 – Fort Worth, TX – Tom Cats
Dec 5 – Austin, TX – TBD
Dec 6 – Houston, TX – Walters
Dec 8 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Dec 9 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problem
Dec 11 – Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
Dec 12 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Dec 13 – Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
Dec 15 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Dec 16 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
Dec 17 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Dec 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Dec 19 – New York, NY – The Studio

ROAM are:
Alex Costello – Lead Vocals  //  Alex Adam – Vocals / guitar  //  Sam Veness – Guitar
Matt Roskilly – Bass  //  Charlie Pearson – Drums

Connect:
www.facebook.com/roamuk  //  www.twitter.com/roamse

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