Discover: ROAM

Formed in 2012, this UK group make high-energy pop-punk that’s ready-made for mosh pits. With the release of their first full-length “Backbone” in 2016, the band established themselves as a force of pop-punk nature, while also exploring and expanding their sound. With vocals that fall just short of screamo, frantic guitar riffs, and relentless drumming, ROAM pack quite a punch. Their roaring, fast-paced sound has remained constant throughout all their releases, and promises to continue with their upcoming album “Great Heights & Nosedives.” The first single off the new album, “Playing Fiction,” is a shining example of the best of ROAM. There’s still plenty of energy and frenetic riffs, but the vocals are clearer, the instrumentals are cleaner, and the entire single has a more streamlined feel. Despite leaving behind some of the raw and unrefined aspects of their music, ROAM are still just as earnest, emotional, and enthralling as always.

Favorites: “Playing Fiction,” “Hopeless Case,” “Warning Sign”

Similar to: Knuckle Puck, Seaway, As It Is

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Interview: Young Earth

You only have to hear one song from this Dublin group to fall instantly in love. Light and breezy instrumentals lull you into quiet contentment with the help of soft and friendly vocals. Add a slight retro twinge into the mix and you’ve got the perfect recipe for carefree sunny afternoons. At times, Young Earth take things a less airy route with indie rock guitar riffs that keep their music grounded and provide a subtle counterpoint to the buoyant vocals. “Bloodlove” shows off a darker side to the band, with mournful lyrics, whimsical vocals, and atmospheric acoustic instrumentals. With only four songs, Young Earth have already proven their ability to create catchy indie pop/rock with a variety of moods and influences.

Favorites: “Got A Secret,” “Worth It,” “Bloodlove”

Similar to: The Academic, Harlea, Fangclub


Who are the members of the band?

Mark O’Keeffe – Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist

Alex O’Keeffe – Vocalist, Guitarist

Ben Mulligan – Vocalist, Drummer

Dylan Maher – Vocalist, Bassist

How did you guys meet?

We all met through BIMM, a music college in Dublin! I’m a graduate now, the other guys are still going through the degree process. We went through some initial line up changes but with Alex and Dylan joining in January things have really built up momentum.

If you could describe the band in one word, what would it be?


Who are some of your biggest artistic influences as a band?

We’d all draw from different kinds of genres, as most bands do. Alex is a huge Jazz Bro, and we’re all into Hip hop/Rap in different ways too. But our main kind of influences would be guitar bands – The Vaccines, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes. We really want to capture the excitement that they get across, that energy and vitality. especially with our newer material.

What’s your favorite city that you’ve performed in?

We’ve yet to travel overseas, so it’d have to be somewhere in Ireland! Galway was a great buzz, and Donegal (Right up the top of Ireland) was well worth the trek too this summer. It’s great to be able to visit places you’ve never been and try and spread the word, try to win over people who’ve never heard of you before.

What’s your favourite guilty pleasure song?

Well, we don’t really believe in guilty pleasures and are huge fans of any good tunes and a lot of pop music – it’s meant to be good! Right now, gonna have to go with Dua Lipa’s New Rules. Can’t help but bop to that.

Most of your music is very carefree and light-hearted. Do you think the purpose of music is to be fun and to let people have a good time?

Yeah, I spent a few years writing slower, softer more introspective stuff and while it’s great and special as a band we really want to create a good energy/buzz and transfer it to others through our live set – we want people to come to our shows and have a bop, have a good time. We do like to balance it out with heavier stuff but keep it driven with hooks and proper choruses.

“Bloodlove” is a bit darker and more melancholy than your other music. What’s the story behind this song?

Yeah, that’d be quite a personal song for us and it’s one we bring out for special occasions – we’re planning on re-recording it soon. A few of our songs touch on the same theme as bloodlove – loving someone through adversity which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to. It’s literally I love you so much, I’d give my body/life to be with you. A rare romantic moment for us!

What would your dream collab be?

I’m gonna speak on behalf of the lads and say Kanye, without a doubt. I think we’ve missed that Graduation Era boat where he did collabs with Indie bands but you never know. Slide into those DMs Ye xoxo

What are your plans for the near future?

We’ve just had a busy summer including recording the final few tracks off our Debut EP/Mini LP! We’re currently in the mixing and design stages of that, we want to really nail the whole package as it’ll be the first physical thing we release, and normally they can be a bit slapped together in the way they’re presented – lots of merch too that we’re excited about. We’re planning a big Dublin show with the release in Winter and then an Irish/UK tour in the spring!

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10 Songs For Anyone Out There Who’s NOT Ready To Go Back To School

“Campus” – Vampire Weekend

“Break Free” – Cilver

“Run” – Bring Me The Horizon

“Teenagers” – My Chemical Romance

“Out Alive” – Ghost Town

“I’m Partying” – Lower Than Atlantis

“Do What You Want” – High Tyde

“Homecoming King” – Andy Black

“Cabin Fever” – ROAM

“Calendar Days” – Knuckle Puck

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Discover: High Tyde

This playful indie pop quartet aren’t trying for a deep message or a sensitive, dreamy image. They prefer to make fun songs about having fun. If you want to let go and have a good time and think only about having that good time, High Tyde are your guys. A frequent refrain in their songs is “let go, let go,” and the band follows that mantra to the letter. Their songs aren’t tied down by typical indie plot points like mellow guitars or reflective lyrics. Instead, High Tyde invest their full energy in fun, utilizing effervescent synth melodies and electronic pop elements to bring their carefree party anthems to life. The members of High Tyde started the band in their teens, and, understandably, there’s a bit more substance and depth in their lyrical content now that they’ve grown a bit. But their easygoing, poppy indie sound doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon, thankfully.

Favorites: “Glow,” “Do What You Want To,” “Speak”

Similar to: Two Door Cinema Club, Vinyl Theatre, The 1975

Weekly Roundup 8/21 – 8/27

Favorite Single: “Beautiful Is Boring” – Bones (UK)

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 Favorite Music Video: “Anyone Else” – Pvris

Favorite Cover: “Love Will Tear Us Apart // Love Spreads” – Stillia (originally by Joy Divison and The Stone Roses)

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Favorite EP: “Heathen” – Colouring

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Favorite Album: “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell” – Pvris

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Favorite Artwork: “War” – grandson


Favorite Artist: Pvris

The Boston electro-pop-rock trio released their fantastic sophomore album “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell” this Friday, along with a music video for “Anyone Else,” ensuring that they are our artist of the week. Listen to the album and watch the music video above.

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