The Burning of Rome continued their month-long residency at Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club, on Jan. 22. They were the opening acts, alongside Dirt Dress. Black Boots was the headliner.
Adam Traud is the lead vocalist and lead keyboardist, Aimee Jacobs is the keyboardist, Lee Williams is the drummer, Joe Aguilar is the guitarist and Keveen Baudouin is the bassist of The Burning of Rome. Traud also played the glockenspiel and everyone provided backup vocals.
Aguilar began The Burning of Rome’s set with an instrumental introduction of “The Ballad of an Onion Sprout”. The rest of the band joined in, as Traud provided lyrics. Jacobs and Baudouin later joined him and delivered backup vocals. Williams kept the music going by striking the cymbal several times—as they transitioned into their second song, “Little Piranhas”.
Traud mentioned it was The Burning of Rome’s third week of their residency at the venue, before “Norman Bates”. He went onto praise Dirt Dress and Black Boots for joining them on the bill and thanked both acts. After he spoke to the spectators, he walked over and stood next to Jacobs. Then, he began to strike the Glockenspiel and recorded the beat he had made. The beat continued to loop, as they went onto perform the song. Those in attendance sang along with them.
“Patria O Muerte” showcased The Burning of Rome’s ability to control the tempo, throughout the song. Traud’s vocal range intensified as the instrumentals became louder and the crowd howled. He rocked his keyboard from front to back and attempted to stand up on its legs. The spectators continued to give a round of applause, as the tempo slowed down. As the instrumentals came to an end, Jacobs finished the song with a strong but gentle vocal solo.
After the musical roller coaster of “Patria O Muerte” came to an end, Traud mentioned “Better Than He” would be The Burning of Rome’s last song of the evening. Both of Traud and Aguilar’s microphone stands swung wildly, as they played their instruments. After their set, they requested everyone to stick around for Black Boots’ set. The crowd begged and pleaded for at least one more song. Instead, some were given set lists from the evening’s performance.
“Cowboys & Cut Cigars”, “Wake Up Edamame”, “Why Can’t I Stop Killing My Friends?” and “Island” were also a part of The Burning of Rome’s set.