Every summer the Vans Warped Tour hosts bands from all walks of the world. British pop-punk band ROAM made it to the Poseidon stage for their first run on the summer-long rock festival.
ROAM have had a huge year thus far, settling into the Hopeless Records family and touring off their freshman LP, Backbone. The group has not taken a break from being on the road ever since. This past winter they headed out with label-mates Sum 41 for the Kerrang! Tour 2016, which was great exposure for ROAM as it was Sum 41’s first tour in three years. Following that, they toured on the European leg of the “Taking One For the Team” tour with Simple Plan in the spring, leading up to a summer stateside for Warped Tour.
ROAM are positioned in the scene as way more than just angsty newcomers with guitars. The band plays with the mindset of giving their fans a fun, light set, yearning to go the extra mile beyond just playing music. Their dedication to perfecting their sound and appearance goes to show how hard the band works. Backbone is an album that journeys to lands uncharted for ROAM and is only the prologue for what’s to come for the Brits.
I had the pleasure of chatting with guitarist Alex Adam about ROAM’s first summer on Warped, what he would wish for whilst touring, and a shady murderer he met this summer.
It’s amazing, It’s very full on. We get up at, like, half seven and we don’t go to bed until 11 or 12. We don’t finish doing stuff until 8 or 9. It’s a long, tiring day, but it’s amazing. We come out whenever, there’s always stuff to do.
We started in 2012. There’s five of us. We’re pop-punk, but trying to be more energetic, a little more aggressive. We’ve toured with Sum 41, Simple Plan, All Time Low, State Champs, Knuckle Puck, that’s the kind of genre you could put us with. It’s our third time in the States, we’ve toured throughout Europe and the UK as well.
On the first day a guy came up to us, complimented us on our tattoos and told us he was wanted for murder and heading north. That was pretty weird, we didn’t want to cut him off from killing again so we let him go. He’s still on the run. We’ve seen a lot of stuff.
I like playing “Deadweight,” it’s our heaviest song, by no means a “heavy” song, but heavy for us. It’s a chance for everyone to go mental. We always save it for last in our set, it’s always a lot of fun to see the crowd go crazy for our last song.
There are two bands that I really like that are very different from what I listen to. There’s The Heirs, who also play on the Poseidon stage, and Sykes, from the UK, both very chill. They’ve got a 1975 thing going on, both female fronted. It’s not my kind of music at all, but they’re very good.
A crew! A crew so I could stay in bed until an hour before our set, someone else to put up posters, getting set times, walking the lines and selling CDs. That’d be great right now. We’re getting up super early working until about 10am, then we get a bit of a rest, then we get to warm up and go on stage play, that’s the good bit.
Then we do the signing, get to chill, then we walk the line and sell CDs again and pack up merch. If we had someone to do all of that for us, that would be great. So a crew.
We try to not take anything too seriously, and we hope that comes across in the music. There are so many bands that have a message, and it’s important, but a lot of bands go over the top with the “my life sucks” kind of thing. It can be too much. It’s important to look on the positive side, having a good time and forgetting about it. That’s what we try to do on stage, lyrically as well as musically. We just try to have fun.
We’ve been writing, we’re working on a second album, no date on that yet, but we want to do more with the production, add some new instruments, put some piano in, some organ in, bigger stuff. We want to get more theatrical in between songs, add another dimension. It’s more than just music.
It might be awhile until we have the money behind us to pursue the bigger production ideas, but it’s something we’re working towards.