A five-piece punk and rock-pop act, Roam is a band that comes from Eastbourne on the southern coast of England. The group is fronted by the vocalist, Alex Costello. The other four members of the band are bass guitarist Matt Roskilly, lead guitarist Alex Adam, who also provides backing vocals, rhythm guitarist Sam Veness, and Miles Gill, the drummer. Formed in September 2012, Roam started playing gigs just a couple of months afterwards. The punky style of the group is enthused with many pop sensibilities that have drawn favourable comparisons with other bands, such as Blink 182, New Found Glory and Sum 41, among others.
Roam's career milestones
In 2012, the band recorded an EP, which they put into the public domain before the year was out. This self-funded and self-released work set the tone for what was to follow, blending overdriven guitars with carefully worked-out pop melodies. No Common Ground was followed in 2013 by another self-produced EP, this time called Head Down. As a result of the success of both EPs, the band ended up attracting the attention of some record label executives. However, it was not until 2014 that a deal was struck with Hopeless Records. This independent label is based in Los Angeles and includes acts such as the Wonder Years, Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, and Sum 41 on their roster.
With the backing of a like-minded label behind them, the members of Roam set about making a new recording. The poppy Viewpoint EP was the resulting work, which hit the shelves in 2015. Many fans and music critics alike noted the EP's superior production values when it was played alongside their earlier attempts. Anticipation from their growing fan base took hold as to what a fully-fledged studio album might sound like. Fortunately, devotees of the group did not have long to wait, because Backbone was released in January 2016.
Achieving a high of 178 in the UK album charts, Backbone featured 12 original tracks, including “The Desmond Show”, “All the Same” and “Head Rush”, some of which had been played at live shows in the run-up to the release. “Hopeless Case” had a promotional video made for it, which went on release just before the album came out. Matt Wilson of Set Your Goals provided additional vocals on “Deadweight”. After touring alongside the likes of Sum 41, Roam returned to the studio to prepare their second album. Great Heights & Nosedives came out in October 2017.
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