UK poppunkers ROAM are the next big thing in UK pop punk. Armed with a brand new album 'Backbone' that was released only a week ago, ROAM made their way to the center of Amsterdam to perform in Winston Kingdom.
A few minutes after 9 PM, the pop punk band took the stage. Approximately 150 people attended this gig, which made the room almost filled up. ROAM opened their set with energetic pop punk song 'Warning Sign'. Not even ten seconds in, the moshing started, tearing the room ompletely apart. This wouldn't stop until the last note was played.
The band didn't waste any time starting with their second song 'Over Your Head' as the moshpit got progressively bigger and wilder.
The third song was 'Cabin Fever' which was the first song we got to hear off of the brand new debut album 'Backbone'. This catchy song was performed as well as it was received. Eventhough the album released only a couple of days ago, most of the fans already knew the words inside out.
ROAM continued to bring new tracks from the debut album as 'All The Same' was next on the list. Another excellent performance of a excellent song which could've easily been an old Sum 41 song to me. This energy lasted until ROAM decided to take a step back with a slower acoustic song 'Tracks'. Proving that the band is capable of bringing energetic pop punk songs as well as slower acoustic songs.
As the end of the 50-minutes set came closer to it's end, the band still had two major songs to perform. 'Deadweight' which is the lead single for 'Backbone' and 'Head Rush', a song off of their first EP 'Head Down'. Deadweight being the 'heaviest' track ROAM has to offer, tore the room apart once again. Fast paced drums filled the room as frontman Alex Costello shouted the first lyrics of the song, 'DEAD-WEIGHT'!
The honor to end the set went to 'Head Rush' giving an extraordinary ending to an extraordinary night.
ROAM played with a huge amount of enthousiasm, energy and amazing stage presence. The crowd was entertained from start to end. ROAM is making a name in the pop punk industry. 2015 has been declared the year of pop punk, but armed with 'Backbone', 2016 will definitely be yet another good year for pop punk.
If you get the chance to see ROAM live, take it and experience one of the core revivers of the supposedly 'dying' scene.
Written by Glenn van den Bosch
Photography by Eva van Kuik
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