Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

The Wombats, The Kooks, Panic! At the Disco, Bleachers, The Maine, Fun., The Killers, Paramore, Two Door Cinema Club


band members

Maz - Vocals Josie- Guitar


Influences

Jack Antonoff, Japanese Wallpaper, Two Door Cinema Club, i dont know how but they found me, The Wombats, Panic! at the Disco, The Killers, Fun.


Website

romantragedy.com

Bio

"To put it bluntly, I've been captivated by someone's potential more than the reality of what was right in front of me." Taking chances on people and hoping that they will eventually change is a common theme within Roman Tragedy's oeuvre.

They are the centremost sliver of gold in the venn diagram between A+ Twitter memes, loveable personalities, infectious ambition and equally bright and brash, fist-pump-worthy power-pop ebullience. Native to Sydney, but sure to make their major splash on the national circuit in no time, Roman Tragedy revel in mind-numbingly catchy hooks, soundscapes stacked with jangly guitars and punchy drums, and downright explosive chrouses.

Roman Tragedy formed in 2019 after a chance first encounter, when lead singer Maz met guitarist Josie in a Japanese bookstore. The duo have been inseparable since, defining their neo-poptimist sound with front woman Maz’s octave-scaling vocals and the sublime melodicism of Josie's new wave riffs. Embracing their cultural identities and inherently feminist approach to storytelling every step of the way, the duo resist easy categorisation as they offer their own firebrand take on modern indie-rock.

After the success of their first single, ‘Bittersweet,’ (Premiering on FBi Radio, airplay on Triple J and Triple J Unearthed, and added to heavy rotation on Idobe Anthm and Idobe Radio), it became clear to fans and critics alike, that the band was truly beginning to find their sound. Compared to the likes of Australian counterparts, Stand Atlantic and Yours Truly, as well as the likes of Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers and The Killers, the girls sought to write songs that encapsulate their experiences as 'women in the act of becoming.’

Leaning into pop-punk tendencies, and joining forces once again with producer Chris Blancato (Northlane, Hellions, Bare Bones), If You Knew What You Want (Premiering on Idobi Radio) showcases the unwavering lyrical honesty of frontwoman Maz, as she paints a picture of the growing pains of youth against the uncertainty of finding one's own conviction in unsteady circumstances. In a nod to their 2000's alt-rock fore-bearers, Avril Lavigne, Hayley Williams and Taylor Momsen, If You Knew What You Want is a track that takes on the sensibilities and sheen of indie pop, and blends it with the raw guitar driven sounds of alternative rock.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

14 Dec 2020

Triple J
40

A blast of pop punk from Roman Tragedy here. Hard not to get so into this!

A blast of pop punk from Roman Tragedy here. Hard not to get so into this!

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

11 Aug 2020

Triple J
35

oooh yeah this is so large. roman tragedy could fill a stadium with this indie pop.

oooh yeah this is so large. roman tragedy could fill a stadium with this indie pop.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

18 Apr 2020

Triple J
35

Armed to the teeth with energy and hooktacular pop intentions.

Armed to the teeth with energy and hooktacular pop intentions.