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Burning of Rome Return with New Release, Video, and Beer

A new video for “The Ballad of an Onion Sprout” is online, featuring a two year-old song from the Burning of Rome that will finally see its official debut on the band's upcoming September release With Us.

“The Onion Sprout video is a product of love and labor from director Patrick Fogarty," says lead singer Adam Traub. "We wanted the video to be a greeting the band could give to the world to get people acquainted with the Burning of Rome."

"What you see in the video is very much what you might expect to encounter at a live show. We incorporated costume wear, props, how we move, what our instruments are, so that people who had never heard of us before could gather what the band is all about through the course of the video."

The song itself was inspired by two battling ex-bandmates, their old keyboard player and former bass player, who were lovers at the time. According to Traub, "Things went sour between them, and it was taking a toll on the band. We eventually had to have separate rehearsals, so neither of them would have to be in the same room with the other one. And shows were up in the air on whether or not they'd end in a shouting match."

"Eventually, they broke up and both stepped aside from the band, obviously for the greater good. The situation broke my heart at first, but seeing them each bloom in their own way after the fact made me feel inspired to write a ballad for them."

Based in Oceanside, the Burning of Rome mixes elements of showtune pop with horror-themed shock-rock, blending gypsy punk, dance, and rock into a mind-bending stew. If the Misfits took psychedelics and performed an ABBA tribute, it might sound like this band.

Frontman Adam Traub was formerly in the blink-inspired pop-punk group Nobody’s Hero, who were briefly signed to Arista Records.

The Burning of Rome was among hundreds of bands who submitted entries to perform at San Francisco’s Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo in October, 2008; they were one of three winning bands who performed.

“There were naked people everywhere,” says drummer Lee Williams. “Even though we basically just provided the background music to all the bizarre stuff happening,” says Williams, “this show probably had the best equipment we ever played through. It was a huge room, with expensive, top-of-the-line gear.”

The band’s full-length Death-Pop was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards. The band itself won Best Rock at the 2010 Awards.

The upcoming September release of With Us is being promoted with a Burning of Rome pale ale microbrew beer, created by Pizza Port Ocean Beach’s head brewmaster Yiga Miyashiro.

Here's the band performing “The Ballad of an Onion Sprout” at last month's Art Around Adams festival.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfY9ejUCi0s

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A new video for “The Ballad of an Onion Sprout” is online, featuring a two year-old song from the Burning of Rome that will finally see its official debut on the band's upcoming September release With Us.

“The Onion Sprout video is a product of love and labor from director Patrick Fogarty," says lead singer Adam Traub. "We wanted the video to be a greeting the band could give to the world to get people acquainted with the Burning of Rome."

"What you see in the video is very much what you might expect to encounter at a live show. We incorporated costume wear, props, how we move, what our instruments are, so that people who had never heard of us before could gather what the band is all about through the course of the video."

The song itself was inspired by two battling ex-bandmates, their old keyboard player and former bass player, who were lovers at the time. According to Traub, "Things went sour between them, and it was taking a toll on the band. We eventually had to have separate rehearsals, so neither of them would have to be in the same room with the other one. And shows were up in the air on whether or not they'd end in a shouting match."

"Eventually, they broke up and both stepped aside from the band, obviously for the greater good. The situation broke my heart at first, but seeing them each bloom in their own way after the fact made me feel inspired to write a ballad for them."

Based in Oceanside, the Burning of Rome mixes elements of showtune pop with horror-themed shock-rock, blending gypsy punk, dance, and rock into a mind-bending stew. If the Misfits took psychedelics and performed an ABBA tribute, it might sound like this band.

Frontman Adam Traub was formerly in the blink-inspired pop-punk group Nobody’s Hero, who were briefly signed to Arista Records.

The Burning of Rome was among hundreds of bands who submitted entries to perform at San Francisco’s Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo in October, 2008; they were one of three winning bands who performed.

“There were naked people everywhere,” says drummer Lee Williams. “Even though we basically just provided the background music to all the bizarre stuff happening,” says Williams, “this show probably had the best equipment we ever played through. It was a huge room, with expensive, top-of-the-line gear.”

The band’s full-length Death-Pop was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards. The band itself won Best Rock at the 2010 Awards.

The upcoming September release of With Us is being promoted with a Burning of Rome pale ale microbrew beer, created by Pizza Port Ocean Beach’s head brewmaster Yiga Miyashiro.

Here's the band performing “The Ballad of an Onion Sprout” at last month's Art Around Adams festival.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfY9ejUCi0s

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