Rome Chanson Noir, Post-Industrial, Avant-Pop, NeuFolk, Singer-Songwriter... all these tags are needed when attempting to describe the music of ROME, and yet it can never really be pigeonholed.
The nucleus of the project is Luxembourg-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Jerome Reuter. Reuter often deals with historical and complex topics in his lyrics laced with fragments of world literature. While references to current world affairs and politics have always been rather veiled in ROME’s work so far, "Gates of Europe” sets quite a different tone: the album was written under the direct impressions of the war in Ukraine.
Only a few days prior to the Russian invasion in February 2022, the exceptional artist completed solo performances in Kyiv and Odessa, and already in July 2022 he toured Ukraine for further live appearances and fundraising campaigns. Reuter was thus the first foreign artist to complete a full concert on Ukrainian soil since the beginning of the war. In the second year of the war in February 2023, ROME returned in full band line-up to play two now legendary shows in Kyiv and Lviv on the first anniversary of the invasion. The album "Gates of Europe” is a series of impressive and meticulously crafted gems that lead us through the events of the first year of the war.
To the committed European Reuter, standing with Ukraine is his natural, democratic duty and yet the nature of his support is quite exemplary and of an uncompromising nature. Apart from continuously traveling East to support Ukraine in their native land, on the "Gates of Europe" tour - as on previous European tours - donations are collected for refugee shelters in Ukraine. Furthermore, not only repertoire from the new album will be showcased on this tour; many essential ROME classics will be presented, as well as the odd surprise. Save to say: The new single "Yellow and Blue” will definitely be part of the set list!
ROME always succeeds in the art of capturing the world's ineffable in haunting music and moving live performances. Without big gestures, focusing only on the essentials. And that is exactly what makes for the great appeal of ROME.
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