“Best new band I’ve heard since finishing my @guardianmusic new band of the week article 20 minutes ago.” – Paul Lester (Guardian Music)
” … a lightning in a bottle debut that’s good to the last drop, jolting you to life like a shot to the heart of straight serotonin.” – Neon Gold
Having set the radio airwaves alight with their debut single Believe, two parts Irish and two parts Canadian, Toronto-based alternative pop quartet ROMES are set to release their latest single Tryna Be on 18 November via Five Seven Music.
ROMES has taken advantage of their culturally diverse downtown Toronto neighborhood, fine-tuning their eclectic sound in a converted red-brick basement. The band is comprised of Jacob Bitove on vocals, brother Nick Bitove on drums, and childhood friends Andrew Keyes on the bass, and James Tebbitt on guitar, all having met while attending school in Ireland.
Tryna Be, which has already gathered support from BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, is taken from the band’s four track EP Believe, a release which melts their pop sensibilities with an alternative vibe that is completely their own. Acclaimed producer and mixer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix) first connected with ROMES over their mutual love for an irresistible yet unpretentious rock sound. “We chatted about old and new songs that excited us which led to planning on what to do with the ROMES songs once we entered my studio,” he said. “I wanted to make sure you could literally ‘feel’ the power of the band as if you’re standing in the same room with them as well as be able to hear the personality of each member’s playing.”
The group’s initial performances in Canada have been turning heads and there are more to come.