This video for The Die Is Cast arrived in our inbox with no explanation. No context. Nada. It's apparently part of a master plan from the enigmatic, faceless ROMANS, who – if this video is anything to go by – intends to provide music with the kind of stadium-filling bombast it desperately needs, complete with trippy Hunter S Thompson visuals. Pretty awesome, to say the least.
You're pretty mysterious. What can you tell us about ROMANS?
See my Twitter @iamromans for more details.
How did ROMANS kick off and how did you arrive at your current sound?
By accident, which is how I believe the most successful discoveries are made.
Have you done anything in music before?
Your sound is pretty balls-out rock'n'roll, to put it mildly. Is this a correct assessment?
Well I wouldn't say that my sound is. This track certainly has a rock element but it only features a single guitar line so “balls-out” is perhaps a slightly overzealous assessment. Unless of-course you're a eunuc
h, in which case, it's fairly apt.
One of the other music group called Romans we could find is a “short-lived female Japanese pop unit pronounced 'Romance'” (says Wikipedia) who released one single called “Sexy Night: Wasurerarenai Kare“. Do you have anything in common with them?
Only our mutual appreciation for irony and the ongoing litigation.
How do you feel about the current rock'n'roll music scene?
What kind of film would ROMANS soundtrack, if any?
Anything, literally. Music itself has the power to change the emotion of any moving image. Put a Dvorak concerto on top of slapstick and suddenly it's art house. I love working with film.
We're sensing a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas vibe with this video. How did you come up the idea?
The Hawaiian shirt was perhaps a subconscious homage to Hunter. However the video itself is connected to the next videos that I will release in the coming months.
What's next for you?
Keep checking the website and all will be revealed.
Words: Zing Tsjeng