Though barely out of their college years, the Eastbourne quintet ROAM have made heady progress since their formation in September 2012. Following on from their self-release debut ‘No Common Ground’ last November, the band are now gearing themselves up for unveiling their new EP, ‘Head Down’, almost a year later.
With the writing process starting in January 2013, and over the months tweaking things in both a live and recording setting, it’s only a few weeks now until we hear the finished product. So, we’ve got our hands on a track-by-track overview of the EP, so we get a better look at what ‘Head Down’ is all about:
01.) You Never Said
This was the second song we’d written for the EP after ‘Head Rush’. It came from the intro riff, which Sam had been playing for a while and we’d all jammed our parts onto it, later adding/rewriting and perfecting the rest of the song. The song kind of sums up the stage we’re all at in life right now in terms of growing up – we’re not quite adults yet, but the pressures to be and act like one are there. It’s something that can be a bit overbearing sometimes, so it’s a very therapeutic song for us in that sense; “I’ve had time to rest my head, it’s temporary”. There’s a lot of people willing to tell you things you can’t be at this stage and it’s easy to let that get you down, but you just can’t.
Named after the mission from Tony Hawks PS, this song is such a release for us as a band, it’s fast, shouty and over within a minute and a half. It’s very much a positive song – it’s kind of the other side of growing up and just not caring and being reckless in your decisions, instead of wasting time dwelling on mistakes.
03.) Nothing In Return
This song came into being literally two weeks before recording, and quickly became everyone’s favourite. It’s very much in theme with the rest of the songs in that it’s about not wanting to look back in the future and think you’ve made the wrong choices in life. It’s also about how easy it can be to put everything on the line for your passion fully, knowing there’s a chance you’ll get nothing back, “I gave up everything for this and got back nothing in return”.
This started with a riff that I’d been playing around with for a while, and took many forms before it ended up as it is now. I think it’s the most musically interesting, with a lot of cool sections and a gang shout on the middle 8. The chorus on this one is the catchiest for me too.
05.) Head Rush
This was the first track written for the new EP and for us was the first step into a more coherent sound, it sounded a lot more how we wanted to sound. The song’s about how people can sometimes lose their sense of self-worth when they become infatuated, putting their feelings and how they’re treated aside in order to treasure someone else. The final line of the song, “This was for you”, is a kind of giving up motion in a positive way – moving on and saying it was for you, but it’s not anymore.
‘Head Down’ is out on November 18th 2013 via Pinky Swear Records. You can pre-order the release online now from the label’s official webstore (here).