Luxembourgish singer-songwriter Jerome Reuter founded his project ROME in 2005 and has since created an authoritative body of work of 10 albums. His compelling brand of Dark Folk merges influences from Post-Punk to Chanson. Inspired by world literature, Reuter's particularly accessible concept albums combine his interest in history, philosophy and arts. The intimate version of ROME is Reuter solo on acoustic guitar. The other is a loud full-band with sing-along hymns and up-tempo beats.
Angels of Light meet Joy Division, New Model Army
Has Played/Will Play:
Complex (USA), Incubate (NDL), Hamazkeka (ISR), 16 Tons (RUS), DNA Lounge (USA), Electrowerkz (UK), AMPHI Festival (DEU), Brutal Assault (CZE), ...
With musically authentic expressed longing, melancholy, hope and memory, ROME play themselves into the heads of their listeners.
ROME brings in front of us a whole new world, an alternate history of fortitude, where apprehension and resolution go hand in hand.
Reflexions Of Darkness
Jerome Reuter has taken his apocalyptic folk project ROME to another level of excellence… an artist that possesses an uncanny ability to mix the breadth of beauty with the depth of despair.
ROME‘s lyrical spirit consists in Reuter’s outstanding ability to approach a human reality separate from anything literal or particular, or rather than a shared human reality is drawn from something particular. Anything that might be construed as ‘politically motivated’ would be better construed as something that simply seeks to understand and empathize with the human condition, for that is what defines ROME – music that is not meant to divide but to bond, music that is not meant to preach but simply to be. Despite the inordinately high importance of ROME‘s lyrics, they are still subordinate to the music as a whole, as something trying to capture a key portion of humanity in artistic form. This fact is precisely how ROME are indeed not a political band, but one of far greater ambitions and integrity.
Black Ivory Tower
Reuter’s songs are rooted just as much in the tradition of his chansonier heroes like Brel and Ferré, as in the darker brands of (post-)industrial music culture. ROME lyrics are inspired by world literature from William Burroughs to Paul Bowles, from Peter Weiss to Ernst Jünger, from Camus to Genet. Reuter’s frequent use of collage and sampling techniques serves to create a new kind of intertextuality of word and sound. The lyrical beauty of Reuter’s compositions, the depths of his poetry and the complex experimental arrangements make ROME an unusually challenging musical experience.
Title: The Hyperion Machine
Title: A Passage to Rhodesia
Title: Hate us and see if we mind
Title: Hell Money
Title: Die Æsthetik der Herrschaftsfreiheit (3-CD)
Title: Our Holy Rue / The Merchant Fleet - 10"
Title: Nos Chants Perdus
Title: Flowers from Exile
Title: To Die Among Strangers