Pop punk is as synonymous with America as apple pie, but at a time when so much of what we thought we knew about The States is being thrown into question it's time to have a serious re-think. Exhibit A in any such conversation would need to be ROAM, even if Eastbourne doesn't necessarily have the same sunshine vibes as California.
Khalid might not be a name you've necessarily come across before, but the Georgian native might just be responsible for the best album you haven't heard this year. Unleashed in March, 'American Teen' is the sound of a young man discovering his true capabilities and doing so at the staggering age of just nineteen years old.
The Welsh valleys aren't exactly known as a hotbed of scuzzy indie talent, but occasionally genius can burst forth in the most unlikely of places. Swansea's Trampolene are a perfect example, as they set off on their path to put Welsh rock music back on the map, hopefully achieving world domination on the way.