The Burning of Rome is a breath of fresh air in the music industry today. This San Diego, California based band mixes elements of college rock with psychadelia, dance, and something almost impossible to pinpoint for a sound that’s seemingly different from any other band out there today. On its new album, “With Us”, the band has separated itself from the masses even more with its eclectic mix of sounds. It starts off sounding like any other college rock band. But it only gets better from there. Things really start to pick up on the album’s third song, ‘Cowboys and Cut Cigars.’ This is a solid, straight ahead rock song with great driving guitars and drums. The song’s chorus sections mixed with the guitars and drums really drive the song. Together, they’re bound to make this an instant hit for the band.
‘Norman Bates’ is an equally intriguing track. Some may argue, but the way the song opens, there’s almost a touch of The Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreamin’ in it. From there though, things pick right back up with another song that’s bound to be a major hit in ‘Wake Up Edamame.’ The chorus sounds like Van Halen’s ‘Janie’s Crying’ while the guitar work has more of a grunge tinge. The combination of the two makes for quite the interesting listen. The band keeps the energy moving after ‘Wake Up Edamame’ in the form of the quirky ‘Island.’ The vibe of this song is a prime example of that sound that’s seemingly different from anything out there today. It’s something that simply can’t be compared to any other band. Any comparison that could be made would be difficult to find as it is such a unique sound.
The band continues setting itself apart from anything else out there today both in terms of college rock and the mainstream across the remainder of the album. Songs such as ‘Opus for Sleepwalking’, and the equally bizarrely titled, ‘Why Can’t I Stop Killing My Friends’ make this record stand out amongst the crowds even more. And then there’s what seems to be a tribute to the classic 1960 Roger Corman cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors in the song, ‘Audrey II.’ It takes audio from the classic movie and sets it against its own semi-eerie carnival-esque musical background for a song that simply cannot be compared to any other act out there today. And ‘Opus For A Sleepwalker’ maintains that eerie vibe too, mixing electronics and guitars together for something that would conjure thoughts of a very dimly lit carnival funhouse.
It goes without saying that considering all of this, one has to wonder about this band. But the thing is that as different as the band’s sound is on this record, it’s actually surprisingly catchy. It won’t be an instant hit. But it will grow on audiences with each listen. It may not make most critics’ lists of the year’s best records. But it definitely can be noted that this record is one of the year’s sleeper hits. Anyone looking to break away from the musical norm and is open minded enough may actually find themselves enjoying it. “With Us” is available now. It can be downloaded via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-burning-of-rome/id215256207. The band will be performing tomorrow night at the famed Viper Room in Los Angeles in support of the newly released album. To keep up with any new tour dates and all the latest news from the band, go online to http://www.theburningofrome.com, http://www.facebook.com/theburningofrome, http://twitter.com/theburningofrome, http://www.youtube.com/burningofromemusic.
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