Rome Burns are a four-piece post-punk/gothic rock band from Cambridgeshire, England. Formed in 1995, they have had a number of line-up changes, currently consisting of a lead vocalist, two guitarists, one bass player and a drum machine.
Despite not being signed to a label, their music has received worldwide distribution via Resurrection Records (London, UK), CD-Baby (Portland OR, USA) and also online services such as Apple's iTunes and Napster.
Generally considered (by the genre's press) as the "Politest Band in Goth", Rome Burns have supported Gene Loves Jezebel, Eva O, The Last Dance, The Crüxshadows, Inkubus Sukkubus and NFD.
Previous bass player Tori Pink, has also been a member of Screaming Banshee Aircrew, touring extensively with them and appearing on their album, When All is Said and Done. In June 2009, Tori Pink left the band to concentrate on her career, but has not ruled out the possibility of appearing live on a future tour. After a hiatus the band got back together at the beginning of 2010 and hired a new bassist, Heather, in February 2010.
Rome Burns guitarist, Nevla, was also part of the revolving live line-up for All Living Fear, as well as contributing some material towards their album Fifteen Years After. In late 2010 he also joined the Gothic/Electronica band Last July to add a layer of guitar to their synth sounds. He announced he was leaving the band in late 2011 in order to focus more on Last July and in preparation for his imminent fatherhood. He played his last concert on 28 January 2012 at The Library in Leeds.
Frontman Simon Satori Hendley has written a number of books. His first novel, Assumptions and Carnations was published in 2006 by Storm Constantine's publishing house Immanion Press. His second book, Apathy: A Cause Not Worth Fighting For, was published in 2007 by Crombie Jardine Publishing Limited.
In 2005 their second album, Non Specific Ghost Stories, received critical acclaim from journalist Mick Mercer, who described it as a "work of magnificent inspiration."
Their third album, The Static Murmur was released in November 2008. It was again favourably reviewed by Mick Mercer, who described it as "beautifully produced... more than enough variety and endless layers of lyrical idiosyncrasies to ponder upon." Hard Wired magazine described the album as "imaginative".
The album was released in the US via CD Baby and also again by Resurrection Records in Europe. The album was also made available for digital download via Apple's iTunes service, Napster and other digital retailers. May 2009 saw the release of the band's first video, for the track "The Escapologist", taken off the same album. The video features a live escapologist, whilst the lyrics use escapology as a metaphor for being trapped inside a relationship.
After many months of inactivity, it was announced on 15 August that Rome Burns would be calling it a day after 17 years. Nevla was approached to play at the final two planned concert dates but had to decline due to prior commitments to both his band Last July and to his family. Just prior to this announcement Heather had decided to leave the band, and Tori was persuaded to rejoin the band for these final two gigs.
The final Rome Burns concert was held on 22 September 2012, at the Slimelight club, London.