San Diego’s The Burning of Rome are set to release their new full-length, With Us, on September 18. We’ll have more on the adventurous album later, but for now suffice it to say that With Us is one of the best records to come out of San Diego in recent memory. That’s why we’re proud to bring you the premiere for the band’s new single, “Ballad of an Onion Sprout.”
The ridiculously catchy song sounds like what would happen if Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were to abscond in a space shuttle with Blondie’s Jimmy Destri. But, for lead singer Adam Traub, the video feels more like the band arriving on Earth than fleeing it.
“The ‘Onion Sprout’ video is a greeting the band could give to the world to get people acquainted with The Burning of Rome,” says Traub. “What you see in the video is what you might expect to encounter at [The Burning of Rome's] live show.” (Speaking of shows, you can experience The Burning of Rome live at the Che Cafe on August 17.)
Either way, the song is undeniably appealing. The infectious keyboard lead pulls you in for what soon reveals itself to be an ornate sonic tapestry complete with church bells and ethereal moans. It’s ambitious but accessible, a combination The Burning of Rome pull off with ease.