Taken off their upcoming record Smile Wide, out 6 September.
ROAM have released another new track from their forthcoming album Smile Wide. Hand Grenade “is about being fed up with everything,” says guitarist and vocalist Alex Adam. “It’s the breaking point of being given shit situation after shit situation and blowing up about it.” The album’s over-arching theme is one of overcoming whatever life throws at you.
Smile Wide is a lyric from album track Red & Blue and it’s basically a tongue in cheek statement: “When everything’s falling down around you and you’re facing shit situations, Smile Wide,” Alex puts forth. “It’s like – Smile Wide, here it comes, life’s about to happen again. That’s what the album art is about too. There’s a piranha about to rip you to shreds and, in that situation, you’d never be able to do anything about it.”
ROAM released the track Piranha recently too. And the thought-provoking I Don’t Think I Live There Anymore was the first single to be released from the record, which is due out 6 September via Hopeless Records. It sees ROAM step up their game further than ever and the band are ready to hit the ground running, or back-flipping on stage as the case may be. They’ll be kicking live proceedings off with labelmates and previous touring cohorts With Confidence on a co-headline UK & European tour in September and October, following the album’s release. See below for details.
Whilst recording Smile Wide in Texas with producer Machine (Fall Out Boy, Clutch, As It Is), ROAM made a conscious decision to push the boundaries of the pop-punk scene they’ve become a part of since their debut album Backbone was released in 2016. They’re moving their sound into new territories, embracing a more 90s feel and influences of grunge, nu-metal and alternative sounds.
Smile Wide Tracklisting:
1. Better In Than Out
2. I Don’t Think I Live There Anymore
4. Play Dumb
5. Fire On The Ceiling
7. Red & Blue
8. Hand Grenade
9. Toy Box
ROAM Co-headline UK Tour with With Confidence:
20 September – Southampton 1865
21 September – London O2 Academy Islington
22 September – Bristol Thekla
23 September – Birmingham O2 Institute2
25 September – Glasgow Classic Grand
26 September – Manchester Academy 3
27 September – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
28 September – Leeds Key Club