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Album Review: Great Heights and Nosedives by ROAM

ROAM release their second album Great Heights & Nosedives on 13th October via Hopeless Records. The follow up to 2016’s debut Backbone was produced by Kyle Black (State Champs, New Found Glory, Comeback Kid) in Los Angeles, California. ROAM’s journey since their first album’s release has seen them play shows as far flung as Japan (with The Wonder Years and With Confidence) and the USA (with As It Is this summer and as a part of Vans Warped Tour last summer). They’ve supported the likes of State Champs, Against The Current, Sum 41 and Simple Plan in the UK and Europe and have played storming sets at festivals such as Reading & Leeds, 2000trees and Slam Dunk.

Seen by many to be the bright lights of UK pop punk (alongside Neck Deep), Great Heights & Nosedives comes with much expectation. This should be the album that pushes ROAM onto the next level and see them becoming a headline act rather than the perennial support.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to see how the band have progressed. If this was just generic pop punk it wouldn’t be as bad, but it feels more like a homage to New Found Glory and Simple Plan. It’s the sound of a band without an identity, the sound of a UK band trying their hardest to be American. While none of the songs on Great Heights & Nosedives are bad, they’re just so unoriginal that it borders on the ludicrous. Such is the tribute levels that the album feels like you’ve heard it a hundred times before.

‘Playing Fiction’ is the most immediate track on the album, it’s decent without threating to be that good. It’s left to ‘Guilty Melody’ to be the best track of Great Heights & Nosedives but you can’t take it seriously due its mimicking of My Chemical Romance at their poppiest. Don’t get us started on the horrible ‘Curtain Call’, a track that shamelessly tries to be so generically pop punk and radio friendly it’s offensive.

On Great Heights & Nosedives ROAM have solidified their position as the go-to pop punk support band by being so bland and doing nothing more than paying homage to American pop punk. Dull.

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