Roamer – What The Hell

Rating: 2.5
Distributor/label: Czar Of Revelations
Released: April 2018
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ROAMER - What The Hell

Band line-up:

Singer/Keyboard – Samuel Blatter
Guitarist – Simon Rupp
Drummer – Martin Stebler
Bass – Christian Weber

  1. Open My Pants
  2. Today
  3. What The Hell
  4. Sick Enough
  5. Bye Bye Baby
  6. There’s No Me
  7. One Step
  8. Touch-screen
  9. Rebel
  10. Number
  11. Sunday Morning

Roamer, started by Blatter, was created with the vision to combine Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Bjork with jazz and improvisation. This was very apparent when listening to the very first track on the album – Open My Pants. This track, in particular, made me really uncomfortable. It’s use of hitting beats that aren’t necessarily in time with each other not only makes me uncomfortable because it doesn’t sound right, but it ended up annoying me as it went on. Other than that specific thing the track itself wasn’t half bad. Thankfully this isn’t a theme that ended up being persistent throughout the album.

Vocally, I can see where the inspiration from Radiohead comes from. It is especially prominent on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 11. It shows itself musically in parts, however, it is most noticeably through the vocals that Blatter hones this influence. The tracks that most resemble Nine Inch Nails are tracks 3, 5, 6 and 10. This is most noticeable musically, which is the opposite of the Radiohead influences. Blatter does well at changing his voice to match the different style of music through these songs and these ended up being the most enjoyable. Surprisingly, the Bjork influence I hardly heard on the album. The only time it was most noticeable was during track 5 – There’s No Me, which has its own eerie sense of style, which I didn’t really find enjoyable.

A big stand out for me was the fact that a lot of the track towards the end – around track 7 onwards – all had a remarkable spark of Arctic Monkeys, so I’m surprised they weren’t listed as an influence for the band as well, as it was something very obvious to me.
I have to give some mention to the very last track on the album though, as – like the first track – it almost feels as though it doesn’t fit the theme of the rest of the album, as it’s so different. Again, prominent in its Radiohead influence, I was surprised when the track was incredibly slow-paced in comparison to the others. The use of the instruments involved on this track certainly made the track that a little bit strange to hear.

All in all, this is not a bad band by any means. I would say if you’re a fan of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails or Arctic Monkeys, at least give each of the tracks listed a listen to and see what you think for yourselves. For me, however, I just didn’t like the fact that some of the tracks made me uncomfortable by hitting chords that weren’t in sync with the rest of the music.

Review By Courtney Solloway