The latest single by San Diego band The Burning of Rome is an odd beast indeed. It's familiar, yet surprisingly fresh. It's rather pop-orientated, yet still has the feeling of being off-kilter. Rather bonkers, yet still with its feel on the ground. It's probably why the band have been chosen to open for such a varied range of bands, from The Black Keys to Skrillex, by way of Devo.
"Ballad of An Onion Sprout" sounds like it's stuck the Blondie tracks "Rapture" and "Heart of Glass" in a blender, with bits of Vampire Weekend and The Flaming Lips thrown in for good measure. It's a wonderfully weird song, yet one that does not betray its firm pop roots.
"Ballad of an Onion Sprout" is taken from the debut album by The Burning of Rome, entitled "With Us", which is released on September 18th.