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After moving to Ireland at a very young age and living there for around 12 years, the band ROMES decided to continue making music together after graduating high school and moved to their new home, Toronto. Since then, they've been rehearsing and honing in on their sound, which can be described as alternative pop.

This Friday the band will release their debut album ROMES, which is filled with beats, synths, vocals manipulations, and infectious, feel-good anthems. When the band stopped by our studio, they stripped their music down to the bones, with nothing but two guitars and a cajon for their songs "Tryna Be," "Summer Sound," and "In The Wild." "It's a song about what I was going through at the time - loneliness, let's say," singer Jacob Alexander said of their single "Tryna Be." Then the rest of the band chimed in, "we're all collectively lonely. He wrote it on behalf of all of us."

"There's a lot of production that went into those songs, so it's really nice to be able to just strip them way back and show the raw sensibilities of the song," Alexander said in regards to the session. Even if you're unfamiliar with the studio versions, the catchiness of each song makes it so easy to imagine the fully-produced versions. The band does an excellent job of stripping things back though, with little flourishes added on guitar and the simple vocals. "It's cool to be able to add a little flare to these versions. Instead of it just being as bare as possible make it flare instead of bare," the band added. Well, that's exactly what they did.

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You look like you're actors.
and blend in.
Yeah.
Exactly.
- It's a jungle out there, you know? - Thanks for coming in and making the trip down here.
- Yeah.
No place we'd rather be.
- Can you introduce yourselves? I sing.
This is my brother, Nick.
- Hi.
How's it going? - Good.
- We moved to Ireland at a very young age, lived there for 12 years or so, and met Andrew and James in high school over there, and formed a band.
And then we all graduated high school and still wanted to continue what we were doing, so we decided to move to Toronto.
And now, yeah, Toronto is our home base.
At midnight I'm so lonely Oh woman I know just your type
You come over slowly Oh love, I give in every time
I want your body
Only for me I know that there's others here, girl
Love ain't inside of your mind It's right in front of your eyes
Who are you tryna be, girl? Who are you tryna be, girl?
At 2 a.
m.
I'm lonely Oh woman laying side by side
Cold and so unholy Making empty love in a bed full of lies
I want your body Only for me
I know that there's others here, girl
Love ain't inside of your mind It's right in front of your eyes
Who are you tryna be girl? When the sun comes up
Or the night kicks in Who are you tryna be girl?
When it's me calling Who are you feeling?
Who are you tryna be girl?
When the sun comes up Or the night kicks in
Who you tryna be girl? Who you wanting? Who you feeling?
Who are you tryna be girl?
I'm tryna be loved I'm tryna be loved
I'm tryna be loved
I want your body Only for me
I know that there's others here, girl
Love ain't inside of your mind It's right in front of your eyes
Who are you tryna be, girl?
When the sun comes up Or the night kicks in
Who are you tryna be girl? Who you wanting? Who you feeling?
Who are you tryna be girl?
When the sun comes up Or the night kicks in
Who are you tryna be girl? Who you wanting? Who you feeling?
Who are you tryna be girl?
Girl, girl, girl
- Yeah.
- So the first one we played was called 'Tryna Be.
' It was, I think our first release.
Yeah, it's just a song about, you know, what we were going through at the time, what I was going through at the time.
Just loneliness, let's say.
Yeah.
I don't know if you guys want to... - We're all collectively lonely.
- Collectively lonely.
Yes.
- Wrote it on behalf of all of us.
- Yeah.
It's the name of the next record.
- There was a lot of production that went into those songs, so it's really nice to be able to just strip them way back and show the raw, sort of sensibilities of the song at its rawest form.
- It's cool to be able to add a bit of flair to these versions, you know, instead of it just being as bare as possible.
You know, make it flair instead of bare.
- I shouldn't speak.
- The flair master.
I feel the fire Now that you, you're running around
You kept me from going higher But I felt very easy now
Coz' I don't need your love I'll never go back again
I don't need your love No, no not this time
'Cause I, I can lift the world up Without you now
'Cause I, I'm up with the sun I won't come down
I hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
Nothing to hold me down Hear the summer sound
I hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
Hear the summer sound
I feel it I'm in the ocean Swimmin' up, up, up to the clouds
My body is back in motion
All you did was slow me down 'Cause I don't need your love,
No, I'd never go back again I don't wanna be loved
No, no not this time 'Cause I, I can lift the world up
Without you now 'Cause I, I'm up with the sun
Won't come down I hear the summer sound
Hear the summer sound Nothing to hold me down
I hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
Hear the summer sound I hear the summer sound
I hear it
Say, oooh, I'm good The rhythm is here to stay
Say, oooh, I'm goo Ever since you went away
Say, oooh, I'm good The rhythm is here to stay
Say, oooh, I'm good Dance like it's my last day
I hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
Nothing to hold me down
I hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
Hear the summer sound Hear the summer sound
I hear it
Oooh, I'm good The rhythm is here to stay
Say, oooh, I'm good Ever since you went away
Say, oooh, I'm good The rhythm is here to stay
Say, oooh, I'm good Dance like it's my last day
- Sweet.
- We just want to keep releasing new music to, kind of just a constant stream of new songs.
So, we're essentially releasing a new song each month until the album has been released that way.
- I feel like the way the music industry has gone, it's kind of interesting.
Like, you see the people who release albums, they almost drop them like they're surprise records.
Like Beyonce will just drop an album out of nowhere and stuff like that.
Whereas I feel like with bands like us it makes a lot more sense to, kind of do what we do and obviously I think it makes sense because we're doing it.
That way people get to listen to each song and kind of let it sit with them for like a month or so and they can kind of enjoy it on its own merits as opposed to if you just cut like, 11 songs.
You're going to skip through them, you know? So that's kind of where our heads were at, with that anyway.
One more time before you wake up in the wild
In your eyes I see the flowers slowly dying
Take my hand, you're more than all I ever wanted
But in the end you know I can't be lying
So let our love set with the sun
Got to move on, it's hard and I don't want to
When the river comes to carry you
In the wild you're gonna make it
The moonlight is here to take you
Love and joy, I couldn't give enough
You got me going You got me going
You got me lovesick You got me going
One more time before you wake up in the wild
All night we hear the hollow sun arising
Letting go, I wish you could stay here forever
But we both know you're dozens so much better
So let our love set with the sun
Got to move on, it's hard when I don't want to
When the river comes to carry you
In the wild you're gonna make it
The moonlight is here to take you
Love and joy, I couldn't give enough
You'll be alright In the wild run where you want to
The sunrise is there to guide you
Love and joy, I couldn't give enough
You got me going You got me going
You got me lovesick You got me going
Good night, I never thought we'd have to let go
Hold me one more time before you wake up in the wild
- Hey, we're Romes.
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Artist Bio

Tucked away in Kensington Market, Downtown Torontos most culturally diverse neighborhood, ROMES converted the basement of their semi-detached red-brick into their full time rehearsal space. For the past year, the band relentlessly spent their waking hours there, exploring their eclectic tastes in music and ultimately writing the tracks for their debut EP "Believe".

ROMES have harnessed their pop sensibilities into an alternative sound that is completely their own. With soulful melodies and bright, funky guitar riffs playing off gritty synths, the tracks are instant, high-energy, anthemic ear candy. These larger-than-life tunes, backboned by thumping, hip-hop rhythms and disco-inspired bass-lines, put a modern twist on the groups early musical inspirations.

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