I could seriously ramble on about this unique collection of brand new songs from Phoenix, Arizona’s ROAR. Owen Evans is the face behind this brilliant pop project brought to life after his previous indie pop-punk project, Asleep in the Sea (2004-2007). I found out about Owen’s new project when he was set to go on tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Laura Stevenson & the Cans. I scoped out the ROAR bandcamp and lo and behold, I fell in love with the 2010 releaseI Can’t Handle Change. A few day later I find out that a new ep was going to be released February 28, 2012. Just in time to support it while on tour. As soon as the stream was up I made sure to get on it and see what this had to bring. I immediately purchased it after the second listen-through..
I’m Not Here To make friends is the new 4 track release from this musical master mind. All the tracks consist of sweet tones and melodies being driven through meloncholly lyrics that send you on this mind trip that has you coming out questioning the reality you perceive. Sounds kind of out there, I know, but these are the emotions that were brought out (personally) after listening. The instrumentation was pretty astounding as well. Vibrant keyboard tracks with hints of drone in certain songs, followed by drum tracks that bounce and keep it all tied together. If you’re a fan of pop music and are looking for something new, this is for you. ROAR is putting it all out there and taking pop music in new, refreshing directions.
On tour right now with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. An LA date is set at The Troubadour Monday, March 26. And a San Diego date is scheduled as well at The Che Cafe Sunday, March 25. I’m posting a link to stream and purchase the new release as well as a link to The Troubadour to purchase tickets to the LA show. Let ROAR into your life, give it a listen. Cheers.