“The best thing to come out of Toronto since Drake.” – Okay, that review might be made up. But it wouldn’t be inaccurate. Four Toronto indie pop rockers form ROMES, a band that strives to create honest, empowering tracks that their fans can relate to. We spoke with the band on covers, playing live, and more.

Acentric: How would you describe yourselves? Who is ROMES?

ROMES: We’re four brothers living out our dream.

Acentric: Your cover of One Dance is great, and so different from the original. Why did you decide to release that cover?

ROMES: We’re always keeping busy with new ideas. Right now we’re between the releases of our debut EP and debut LP so we thought it’d be fun to put out a cover. We figured why not pay tribute to our fellow Torontonian.

Acentric: Are most of your songs autobiographical, or do you write about whatever comes to mind and inspires you – or is it a combination of the two?

ROMES: Every song is written about a specific personal experience so they’re definite;y autobiographical. That being the case, we’ve been hearing from a lot of people about how they’re relating to the lyrical content – whether it’s the persevering attitude in “Believe” or the late-night escapades in “When The Night Comes”.

Acentric: What are your plans to follow up the Believe EP?

ROMES: The Believe EP is a subset of our debut full-length album which we recorded with Tony Hoffer (EP producer & mixer) last summer in LA – a little teaser if you will. You can expect the LP to drop sometime early 2017.

Acentric: The EP is energetic and fun, but still has a message of self reliance and boldness. Can fans expect the same thing from future work?

ROMES: It’s hard to say what the future holds. We never try to put creative limitations on ourselves or set out to write a specific style of song. With that said, fans of the EP will not be disappointed with our upcoming album.

Acentric: What’s your favorite thing about playing live? Where would you most like to tour?

ROMES: The highlight of it all is the feeling of feeding off a crowd’s energy. Live shows are always a two-way street and the more the audience gets into it, the more we get into it and vice versa. It’s like a snowball effect of primal energy – we love it.

And a worldwide tour wouldn’t be too shabby.

Acentric: With so many new artists in your genre, and large comparisons to other soul-pop artists like The 1975, how do you plan on establishing your independence and uniqueness in the indie scene? How have you already established it?

ROMES: We have no plan really. We just write songs that we love to write – music that’s created in a really natural way. At the end of the day, we just hope that the music will speak to people and connect with the listener on some sort of emotional level.

Acentric: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band?

ROMES: The four of us have been playing music together in various forms for the better part of 15 years now. Those years together have taught us a lot about ourselves and each other and through those experiences, we feel now, as ROMES, we’re finally making the kind of music we’ve always wanted to make.

Stream the Believe EP here and watch ROMES’ video for Believe below!