The Burning of Rome began as a creative outlet for mastermind and front man, Traub. The small studio project quickly outgrew the four-track tape recorder on which it was born and Traub began collaborating with local musicians who were eager to help bring his vision to life. After several rotating members, The Burning of Rome has settled in its current and longest-running inception of the band: Traub (keyboards/lead vocals), Joe Aguilar (guitar / vocals), Aimee Jacobs (glockenspiel / synthesizer / vocals), and Lee Williams (drums / percussion). Together they’ve unleashed Traub’s creation upon the world. Each song, though disguised alarmingly well by infectious hooks and provocative allusions to historical references, elicits intensely moving accounts of Traub’s interpretation of the human experience.
“ “As a songwriter music is a therapeutic way for me to cope with the world around me. Ever since I was a child I felt like an alien visiting Earth and had (and still have) difficulty understanding what makes people normal. I opted to rebel against the norm through music; it was the only thing that made sense to me,“ explains Traub. “The ultimate goal of The Burning of Rome is to reach as many people as possible with our sound and offer musical asylum to those needing it. Bands used to carry the banner for their followers in a way that seems fleeting. There aren’t any Joe Strummers of this generation acting as a voice for those that can’t be heard. I want The Burning of Rome to carry a banner for its followers and give them refuge from monotony. I want to rally the masses and call out the corrupt. I want a revolution to spark from this band.”
The band’s live show successfully personifies a brazen style of rock that fuses the brashness of punk with the captivating drama of a theatrical production, exemplified by the bold, beautiful insanity of front man Traub stomping carelessly on a crooked timeline somewhere between David Bowie and GG Allin. Each live show is its own rock opera: the band dresses in costumes (everything from hazmat suits to burkas), dances among the audience, and even adds the occasional pig head on a stake just to keep things even more interesting. Traub commands the attention of the audience over the megaphone: a gothic beat poet who weaves seamlessly among the eerie keyboards and irresistible melody of the band. It is a profoundly entertaining experience that leaves each onlooker with an intensely personal interpretation of the music.
Whether The Burning of Rome leaves you mesmerized, bloodied, confused, ecstatic, or bewildered, or whether you can’t figure out if you were at a punk show, dance party, or performance art piece, one thing is certain: you won’t be able to get the songs out of your head.