Eastbourne pop-punk outfit ROAM showed London who’s boss wit their show at Tufnell Park Dome last week with support from Stand Atlantic and WSTR.
Sydney-based alt-rock/pop-punk trio Stand Atlantic kick things off in North London with tracks off their recently released EP Sidewinder. Their guitar-heavy sound is one that stays with you after just one listen and makes you want to log on to your Spotify after the gig and just keep on flooding your ears.
Well received by the audience with cheers and whistles, the band play all tracks off their debut EP including Chemicals and Mess I Made, as well as an older track with Wasteland. Vocalist Bonnie Fraser jokingly notes “Have you guys heard of Elf On The Shelf? Yeah but you have come for ROAM at The Dome!” – ba-dum-tsss, it was pretty funny though. “Sorry, I just love memes!” she adds endearingly. Ending their set with Coffee At Midnight, also taken off their debut EP Sidewinder, Stand Atlantic have definitely left their mark on tonight’s audience.
Second support of the night are Liverpool pop-punks WSTR who released their debut album Red, Green Or Inbetween earlier this year in January following the 2015 release of EP SKRWD.
“Come party with us!” vocalist Sammy Clifford urges the crowd as they launch into second song Footprints. And the audience doesn’t need to be told twice, there’s jumping, stage diving, crowd surfing and an overall extremely enthusiastic party happening at the 500-cap venue. Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing) opens with a huge circle pit, just one of many that night. The track off the band’s debut album rips into the crowd and if you weren’t moving yet, by now you sure were.
The band also play tracks off their debut EP SKRWD including the anthemic South Drive and Graveyard Shift, which according to Sammy was the first track they ever wrote.
When it’s time for the main act of the night, ROAM take the stage to a big yellow backdrop with red balloons tied to the amps. The band jump right into their first song of the night – Alive, taken from their recently released sophomore record Great Heights & Nosedives. The evening’s set list is nicely mixed to showcase ROAM’s new album but also not neglecting the old fan favorites.
Tracks like Warning Sign, off the pop-punk outfit’s second EP Viewpoint, as well as stomping song All The Same from the band’s debut album Backbone. Over and over again, ROAM prove tonight that they not only know how to play a great show, but also know how to write catchy tunes such as Deadweight or Scatterbrained.
In addition, the show also falls on guitarist Sam Veness’ birthday (happy birthday!) and to celebrate the band colluded with Stand Atlantic and an Australian birthday tradition. Hence Sam downs beer out of a shoe while everyone sings Happy Birthday. lead singer Alex got to choose who the shoe came from, and being the good band mate he chose “the one with the sweatiest feet”, which turns out to be drummer Miles.
For Tracks, front man Alex asks the crowd to sing along, “we’d rather hear your voices than ours, we hear ours too much!” Matt adds. “It’s an acoustic song which sounds way better when we play it as a band.” Alex explains about the song taken from 2016’s Backbones. Just before the encore, Playing Fiction echoes through the speakers. The song marked ROAM’s first single of Great Heights & Nosedives and is incredibly catchy with its upbeat melody and memorable chorus, reminding a bit of an early All Time Low track.
Safeguard kicks off the encore, literally, with Alex shouting “I wanna see people flying everywhere for this!”, fully encouraging the crowd surfing shenanigans in the best way possible.
On an evening filled with more stage dives and crowd surfers I’ve seen all year – including bassist Matt’s dad – this sold-out pop-punk party was one of the best shows of 2017 and cemented ROAM’s status as ones to watch in 2018. And here goes a big shout-out to all the girls feeling safe enough in this crowd to stage dive, not something you see often so this is to be commanded and, as a band, certainly a crowd to be proud of.
Pop-punk mayhem at its finest, but inclusive and respectful pop-punk mayhem.