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New Interview: Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday is an alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in September 2008, the band consists of Shane Lance (lead vocals, guitar), Emerson Shotwell (drums, percussion), Daniel Collins (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Nick Howard (bass guitar, backing vocals). They released debut album “Paint This Town” last year. The band is known for their outstanding live shows (see them if you can!) and their “next big thing” sound!
So, what’s the story of Roman Holiday? How did you come up with your band name?
When it came time to name the band, we knew we wanted a name that would be classic, timeless, and worldwide. We were brainstorming name ideas and somehow got on the topic of “Rome”. So late one night, our producer and hidden 5th member Mark was watching the movie “Roman Holiday”, and sent a text to Shane, our front-man and said “How about Roman Holiday?!”. At first we were hesitant; we wanted to make sure it represented our music well. But we’re all big Audrey Hepburn fans, so eventually we grew to love it. It feels like a perfect fit now.
You’ve been described as a mix of Kings of Leon, Muse and Coldplay – how does this make your feel? Is this how would you describe your sound?
We’re totally fine with those comparisons. Those are all great bands. We work hard to write good songs that people can feel and connect with, and as people get to know our music, they find that our sound is very unique. But, we feel that being compared to those bands is a compliment. We’ve been told our sound is as melodic as Coldplay and U2, and as rock’n'roll as The Strokes and Kings of Leon. We like to agree.
What’s the best piece of praise you’ve received so far?
We’re often complimented on our songwriting, and our ability to put so much emotion into our music. That’s the greatest compliment we could ever receive. It’s all about good songs. Anyone can play fast, loud, and jump around on stage. But good songs are what people connect with. Good songs are what change the world.
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
We all listen to and enjoy different kinds of music. To list just a few of our favorites: The Beatles, Band of Skulls, M. Ward, The Strokes, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Kathleen Edwards, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, David Bazan, AC/DC, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bon Iver, and Jay-Z
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Live. Hands down. There’s nothing quite like the energy of playing a live show and seeing people sing along to your songs. That’s when all of the hard work feels worth it.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
We’ve been blessed with a lot of support. From our close friends and families believing in us and standing with us, to our producer and his studio. And we’ve been fortunate to build a solid fan base too. The toughest part about the music industry is reaching the masses. There is so much noise in the world today. Rising above that noise and letting the whole world see and hear you can be tough. But we feel we’re on the right track. People are listening.
Why did you sign up on WeLoveYourSongs? What part of the music industry do you believe sites like this will have in the future?
We signed up for WeLoveYouSongs because we feel the site can help us reach more people, and gain more music-loving fans. In the future, sites like this will help musicians who are creating good music find their way into the ears of new listeners.
What can you tell us about your album ‘Paint This Town’?
“Paint This Town” is our first and only full length record. We released it in early 2010. It’s very raw and honest. We love the songs that are on it, and poured our hearts and souls into them. People can find the songs on iTunes and a lot of other online media sources, and they can also hear some of them live if they come find us. We’ve also written quite a few songs since the release of that record. We recently released a single titled “The Long Way Home”. People can also find it on iTunes, and we released a music video for it as well. Check it out HERE –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiYa9J6MtE
What are the top-3 things to do one day in Seattle?
Top 3 things to do in one day in Seattle? Hmm… Go to Pikes Place Market. Eat at Beth’s Cafe. And see a Roman Holiday show!
What are your plans for 2011?
To take over the world! Figuratively speaking, of course.
The article has been written by Eira of Acuvi, a music blog focusing on new and unsigned music, and the people behind.
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