Roam Announce They’re Breaking Up, Final Tour Coming In September

Okay so two things,

  1. Roam ARE BREAKING UP!
  2. They’ve announced their final headlining tour for September 2022.

The Pop-Punk quintet have announced they’re calling it a day after a decade together releasing three EP’s as well as three records.

The band have released the following statement:

“We want to keep this short because these things can easily get emotional, and we have nothing but love for the last 10 years.

We started ROAM at 18, and never imagined it would take us to the places it took us, or we’d meet the people we met. Thank you for being by our side through all our successes and multiple failures.

We’re now in a place where creatively & in life, we’re ready to move on to something new. For some of us, that might be new musical projects, for others, it’s just having the time to be home & grow outside of music.

Finals shows are booked and will be announced shortly. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you for giving us an unbelievable early 20s.

Alex, Alex, Matt, Sam & Miles

ROAM 2012 – Forever”

At least we’ve still got the tour to look forward to.

Speaking of which, here’s the final touring dates.

SEPTEMBER 2022

03 – COLOGNE Luxor
04 – EINDHOVEN Dynamo
05 – ANTWERP Kavka VZW
07 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s
08 – MANCHESTER Rebellion
10 – LONDON The Dome

When And Where To Catch Bands From Slam Dunk Festival 2021 Next Part 1

Wow. Slam Dunk Festival is done and dusted for the first time in two years after a few pushbacks but it finally happened! We’ll get to the actual review of things in another post because there was just so much emotion on the day, I’m still finding the words for it all.

But now, there’s a question of what’s next for the bands that played the festival less than a week ago? That’s what this series of posts is for! We’re going band by band to see where and when in the UK they’re going to play next as well as any music they’ve released recently.

The Bottom Line.

Slaying the Main Stage for the first time ever at the festival and with the latest tracks ‘Long Time Coming’ as well as ‘Broke’, the bands stock is at an all time high and will continue to rise!

In the last few days the quartet released the details of what will be the bands only headlining show for 2021 which will take play on October 10th at The Camden Assembly in London.

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The Eastbourne quartet had a hell of a time with all the crowd surfers as the second band to take centre stage this year. Let’s just say they know how to put on a show!

At the time of writing, currently there’s been no announcements of any upcoming tours or music but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an announcement soon and if there’s any new music going, it’ll be pretty good to say the least!

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After setting off the Main Stage to some well received applause, the festival faves are set to tour the US up until the second half of October. In addition there’s been no word of new music but the latest release came in the form of the 2020 single, ‘God Only Knows’.

As It Is

Wherever you turn, As It Is seem to be up to something, whether it’s a show, Music Video or a new music release.

Just in time for Slam Dunk this year, they managed to do two of those things playing warm up shows in Brighton and Swansea which I heard were absolute carnage! Also, they dropped the double headed ‘ILY, How Are You? / IDC, I Can’t Take It”.

So I guess that could possibly mean a new record is on the way? I’ll let everyone know if and when that information becomes available but there is a new music video coming later today at 3:45PM!

As for touring news, there is none announced in the near future but if their activity is anything to go by, I’d assume maybe something soon? I’ve got my fingers crossed for that one!

Creeper

Another British band with a lot on their plate is the ever fantastic Creeper. With their latest record ‘American Noir’ which dropped earlier in the year providing a fair bit of new material, they’re keen to get everything out in the live show format with their upcoming December 2021 run of shows set to go off in amazing fashion which will act as a sort of Slam Dunk Festival 2021 reunion with Holding Absence, Wargasm and Static Dress all set for support slots on the tour.

Here’s the dates.

December 2021

15th – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

16th – Concorde 2, Brighton – SOLD OUT

17th – O2 Institute, Birmingham – SOLD OUT

19th – Garage, Glasgow – SOLD OUT

20th – O2 Ritz, Manchester – SOLD OUT

21st – Stylus, Leeds

We Are The In Crowd

After six years since their last UK show, it was emotional to say the least to be watching We Are The In Crowd once again. With that being said will we ever see them again? The short answer is we’re not sure.

As far as anyone knows, this is the last time we’ll see the band as they are because there’s no new music, tour dates or announcements posted and their socials are a little bleak. However they did post a message to their Instagram account which you can view below.

Mayday Parade

Another band who absolutely got the crowd going were the ever impressive Mayday Parade.

With the band releasing ‘Bad At Love’ last month in time for the festival shenanigans, there was plenty to be buzzed about for this bands set.

At the moment, they’re on tour with Microwave until the end of the month with some other dates sprinkled

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Right so these US faves have been all over the place at the moment! They’ve released two new tracks, ‘Just Sound’ & ‘Outta My Head’ to rave reviews from fans where they did perform both tracks at the festival!

Just after the festival wrapped, literally less than twenty four hours after the conclusion of the Hatfield date, they announced they’re coming back in 2022!

Here are the dates below!

May 2022

8th – Marble Factory, Bristol

9th – Engine Rooms, Southampton

11th – Electric Ballroom, London

12th – Electric Ballroom, London

14th – SWG3 Galvenisers, Glasgow

15th – Ritz, Manchester

17th -Beckett Students Union, Leeds

18th – Institute, Birmingham

Waterparks

Hitting up the UK because we just love them so much, Waterparks had to come across to cover Leeds and Reading after a few of the bands had to drop out due to Covid-19 restrictions. That meant they had plenty of warm ups (including a SOLD OUT Key Club show in Leeds) before being the penultimate band to play at this years SDF.

Now the trio have got a lot of shows before they make their way back to the UK for their rescheduled dates for 2022 in June of next year and there’s a lot!

But nevertheless, here’s their rescheduled dates you’ll be waiting for.

June 2022

17th – O2 Academy, Leeds

18th – O2 Academy, Manchester

19th – O2 Academy, Glasgow

21st – Rock City, Nottingham

22nd – O2 Brixton Academy, London

23rd – O2 Academy, Bristol

25th – O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Don Broco

Main Stage headliners Don Broco put on a huge display at the closing of both dates of this years festival and currently have a new record on its way!

Sadly their upcoming record, ‘Amazing Things’ got pushed back to October 22nd but it’s going to happen!

Now this means the in-store signings have been pushed back and will be rescheduled but the dates haven’t been confirmed as of yet.

The bands full statement can be read below.


“Hey guys, we’ve got some important news to share with you regarding the upcoming release of our album ‘Amazing Things’. We’ve been told this week that due to Covid related vinyl delays, we have no choice but to delay the release date to 22 October.

We want everyone to be able to experience ‘Amazing Things’ all at the same time and are gutted we have to wait a little longer, but promise it’s going to be worth it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s pre-ordered the album so far.

Unfortunately, this means our in-store signings at HMV won’t go ahead. We understand that HMV will be in contact directly with any fans who were planning to come. Our Banquet Records show at Pryzm in Kingston will be rescheduled, news to follow.

This has even us the opportunity to restock some of the sold out and low stock vinyl variants, including the Manchester Super Reds special edition back on our store now. Thanks so much for your understanding & super watch out for the Uber video coming this week x”

Now for the UK tour dates

The band are set to tour their upcoming record this October / November as well for a run of headlining shows plus they will be taking tot he stage at Esquires in Before on November 23rd with all the proceeds going straight to the venue to help with their support.

Here are the tour dates for Don Broco:

October 2021

O2 Academy, Newcastle

27th – Barrowlands, Glasgow

28th – Academy, Manchester

29th – Academy, Manchester

31st – Guildhall, Portsmouth

November 2021

1st – Rock City, Nottingham

2nd – Rock City, Nottingham

4th – UEA, Norwich

5th – O2 Academy Brixton, London

6th – O2 Academy, Brixton

23rd – Esquires, Bedford

Until next time Slam Dunk Festival which is set to take play in June of 2022.

More Artists Have Been Added to Five4Five FEst

Five4Five festival might need a new name.

It’s a new online festival which is set to take place this weekend coming but now, more artists have been added to the lineup.

Yonaka, Trash Boat, Roam, Wargasm, Rob Lynch and Lacey are all now set to play this weekend alongside Enter Shikari, Don Boco, Lizzy Farrall and more.

Five4Five is set to be streamed over on the festivals Facebook page from 7.30PM on May 15th and 16th. All sets are completely free to watch but you’re encouraged to donate £5 via a link which will be provided. All the profits from the streams will be donated to the NHS Charities Together.

You can visit the Facebook page via the following link.

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Roam Release Documentary On ‘Smile Wide’

Back in April 2019, Roam travelled to Texas to work on their latest record, Smile Wide.

The result was some of their best work to date and gave us some of the best tracks to be performed live on their Independent Venue 2020 tour earlier this year.

Now, the band have released a documentary into how they made that record.

Check it out below.

Slam Dunk France Has Been Cancelled

Slam Dunk France has announced that the 2020 festival will no longer be taking place.

The France iteration of Slam Dunk Festival was set to be the debut edition, which would’ve taken place on May 30th 2020.

The lineup was set to have While She Sleeps, We Came As Romans, Trash Boat, Four Year Strong, Roam, Landmvrks, Grayscale and Chunk! No Captain Chunk.

The full statement can be read below:

“Three months ago, we were more than happy to share with you the arrival of the first edition of the Slam Dunk Festival in France, which was to be a huge celebration for all lovers of Alternative Rock.

but, as you know, because of the COVID-19 epidemic, all plans have been turned upside down. We had worked and moved forward on a postponement period later in 2020, which is why this press release was delayed, but it now appears too uncertain in many aspects.

It is regret that we must therefore announce that the first edition of Slam Dunk Festival France will ultimately not be able to take place in 2020, on the 30th May as initially planned, nor later in the year.

it was not a decision that was easy to make, but it was, without a doubt, the best that had to be made, for the benefit off all.

we are sincerely sorry for those who had planned their coming to Paris during this period. Refunds for tickets will soon be possible at points of purchase.

Be assured that we will come back stronger in 2021 to properly celebrate this first edition of the incredible Slam Dunk Festival in France. This is only a postponement.

We well you more as soon as possible on this page, get ready and most importantly, take care of yourself.

Thank you for your support.

Slam Dunk Festival France”

Live Review: Roam @ Basement, York

Support: Heartsink, Superlove

Date: 03/02/20

NOTE: Now for this UK tour, Roam decided to have two bands from their respective venues hometown play open for them on every show. This was only one on this particular night as due to unknown reasons, one of the band; We Need To Talk dropped out of the show.

Despite one of the opening bands dropping out, this meant Heartsink were the only local band opening the show. This was a revitalised Heartsink that I was watching because as I’m concerned because I’ve watched these lads play a few times in the last year and compared to that, they were raw, powerful and emotionally tapping into their greatest tracks, along with some amazing new belters, all for the crowd to consume. ‘Starting Over’ which the crowd did respond well to was the standout track for them because it sounds as if this is the time taken with this one was right which could mean larger and brighter things for them in the near future. It sounded more personal to vocalist Zac Roughton and based on their performance, just amplified the track to a different height alongside the additional vocals from Bassist Bryn Portas. I do hope they’re able to capitalise on this in the future because based off of this performance, it just seems inevitable.

In all honesty, as well, their sets sound quality was by far the best in my opinion. I don’t know if this was down to the equipment, knowledge of the venue but when they played their set was the clearest to make out from the vocals and when (*SPOILER ALERT ON SETLIST FOR ROAM) Hand Grenade came on, it wasn’t until that which Roam sounded good on the night.

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Next on was Superlove. For the atmosphere of the whole room, it should’ve been a lot more receptive but I think the genre-bending didn’t work out too well in this lineup on the evening mainly because I was getting more Indie music vibes from the band. Not to say that it wasn’t a good performance from the Bristol Trio as ‘Big Lies, Boy’ is definitely the highlight of their discography but there is more fine-tuning which needs to be done before they take the next steps.

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So, I’ve been into the quality of the sound quickly earlier in this post but I just wanted to address the venue as well, namely that the ceiling of The Basement was well too low for any crazy moshpits to happen during Roam’s faster track choices and I understand that it’s an Independent Venue tour where I’m not attempting to take anything from it but to me, the Basement for a gig such as Roam was a very inadequate space to house it, especially since there were two beams built into the structure of the building meaning if you watched the performances from a certain angle, your view is completely blocked and there’s these benches slap bang in the middle of the room (Which I believe could’ve been moved to the side) which did nothing to help if anyone from the bands wanted to join things in the middle of the crowd. Enough of that, now onto Roam.

No matter what, this band always gives one hundred per cent. I’ve seen them play a handful of times and they’re always getting better fan reception and that in turn comes from the releases they have. This tour was also in support of their latest record, ‘Smile Wide’ which came out in September 2019 where you see this is them refining their sound and stepping away from the more Pop-Punk side of things but them finding who they are and this translates into them live as well. ‘Hand Grenade’, ‘Pirhana’ and ‘Playing Fiction (Which I do realise is off their second record, ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’ but it shows how they’re responding to being on tour for so long and just how they operate when it comes to their production. Now, things can only go up for the band because while they’re still getting a few pits going and some stage dives from members, what they’ve done for these opening bands is just so important because everyone who goes along now has no excuse to not go to one of their local venues. They’re showing that the scene is more than just the venue and there’s so much potential out there at the moment.

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Some of their older and punchier tracks such as ‘Deadweight, ‘Hopeless Case’ and ‘Alive’ were all met with good applause which also produced some of the better moments of their set. Roam might be more atypical of the contemporary artists but they will always belong to the Pop Punk and Rock families.

Rating: 5/10

More Bands Added To 2000 Trees 2020

WOW! I cannot believe some of these names on 2000 Trees Announcement. Creeper, Lizzy Farrall, Boston Manor, Dinosaur Pile-up, it seems as if it was created for me!

Let’s get to those bands that are playing the Cheltenham Festival!

AJJ
The Amazons
Black Futures
Boston Manor
Calva Louise
Cassels
Chapter And Verse
Counterfeit
Creature
Creeper
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Dream Nails
Dream State
False Advertising
The Get Up Kids
Gloo
Halflives
The Hara
Hot Milk
Ithaca
Jimmy Eat World
The Joy Formidable
Kid Kapichi
Knocked Loose
Lady Bird
Lauren Hibberd
Lizzy Farrall
Lucia And The Best Boys
Middle Distance
Nervus
Raiders
Rews
ROAM
SHVPES
Silverstein
The St. Pierre Snake Invasion
Ten Times A Million
Vukovi
We Never Learned To Live
Wargasm
The Winter Passing
The Wythces
Young Guns

Wow, all I can say is wow!!!!!

This years 2000 Trees Festival will take place July 9th – 11th 2020 at Upcote Farm, Cheltenham.

Tickets are on sale now via the festival website.

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Roam And With Confidence Announce Tour Support

Remember that tour announcement concerning Roam and With Confidence? They’re going on a co-headlining run this September but now, there’s some amazing support which will see them headline a stacked bill with Woes and The Dead Love.

You don’t know who they are? Let’s introduce them!

Woes are a Scottish Rock outfit who’ve recently released a massive record which will hopefully see them get things turned to eleven before the headliners set foot on the stage.

Here’s one of their recently released tracks ‘Money Shoe’ from ‘Awful Truth’.

And The Dead Love? They’re an upcoming Grunge band from Sydney, Australia and you know the Brits love their Aussie bands!

Check out ‘Sugarcoat’ below.

With Confidence & Roam Announce Co-Headline Tour

It’s Pop-Punk heaven in September!

Roam and With Confidence have announced they’re hitting the road together for a massive co-headline tour which will see the bands embark on an eight-day tour of the UK.

And the best news, the openers are still to be announced!

So, there’s more to be seen of what this tour will be!

Here are the dates.

September 2019

20th – Southampton 1865

21st – London O2 Islington Academy

22nd – Bristol Thekla

23rd – Birmingham Institute 2

25th – Glasgow Classic Grand

26th – Manchester Academy 3

27th – Nottingham Rescue Rooms

28th – Leeds Key Club

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Music Videos 05/10/18

It’s Friday. It’s 4 PM. You know what time it is. It’s time for another music video roundup! I find ten of the best recent music videos and they’re all put into a list for your viewing pleasure. So let’s go.

First up is The Word Alive as they have recently premiered a track which they have created in collaboration for the League Of Legends World Championships. The Glitch Mob and Mako also appear one the track as well.

 

So, you know how Roam’s latest record, ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’ was pretty awesome? They’ve just recently released a brand new video for their tracks, ‘The Rich Life Of A Poor Man’ where they chronicle the past few years.

 

Fresh off two new singles earlier in the year, metalcore icons Atreyu have released an enhanced and insane video for ‘The Time Is Now’.

 

Pressing on with the promotion of their critically-acclaimed third record, ‘Nearer My God’, the St. Louis based indie rock group Foxing have released a video for ‘Heartbeats’.

 

Yorkshire newcomers Captives are new to the scene but they’re so new that, they have got their first single out and about. It’s called ‘Ghost Like You’ and you can check it out below.

 

And now we go to Poland! We’re going for some titans right now as Behemoth are gearing up to release their anticipated new record, ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’, their first LP in over four years. Before anything happens though, the trio have unleashed ‘Bartzabel’ which see things get seriously dark!

But, before then, the heavy-hitting trio have unleashed a NSFW video to accompany ‘Bartzabel’, which sees the band conducting some dark religious ritual which gets a little horrific at times.

You can stream and watch the video for ‘Batrzabel’ below.

 

Up next are Floridian heavyweights, Trivium. They’re keeping things simple and straight-forward with the video for ‘The Wretchedness Inside’, which acts as the midpoint track from last year’s full-length, ‘The Sin And The Sentence’.

 

Time for a statement. Aussie band Hellions have released a new video for a track off their upcoming release, ‘Smile’. Speaking on the video, the band have said: “Our Director, Aimee-Lee X. Curran, her crew and our cast really helped bring those words and the meaning behind the song to life. It was a pleasure to create and we are ecstatic with the result. The little details in our hero, Danica Burch, and our ballroom casts performances were paramount in bringing this all together. Thank you to everyone involved for such a pleasant and professional experience. We hope Hellions fans enjoy the video for ‘Smile’ as much as we all enjoyed making it!”

 

Before the penultimate video, I do have to say I had to put these two touring bands next to each other just because. First up is The Faim who are changing the face of the Alternative Rock scene. These Aussie lads are something special but you do have to experience these tracks live because to see them is just something special in itself.

 

And lastly….. Against The Current recently released a brand new record. Yes, the ‘In Our Bones’ era is well and truly over and now they have just released ‘Past Lives’. Now they have a new video out for their track, ‘Voices’.

And that’s it for another roundup of music videos. Don’t forget to check back next week for another list of ten of the best music videos. Every Friday at 4PM.