Caesars Rome
The Company We Keep
22/02/2010
currently not available
  1. Vegas & Its Nightlife
  2. High On The Nines
  3. Awake & Armed
  4. Let's Wish
  5. Oceans
  6. The After Dark Soundtrack
  7. Goodbye Country Road
  8. Kicking Down Castles
  9. Finding Waves
  10. O'captain
With influences ranging from Thrice, Jimmy Eat World and Brand New to Hot Water Music CAESARS ROME from Wales achieve a "wall of sound" with catchy verses followed by anthem-like choruses. Their music stands out courtesy of its power, enthusiasm and a great cinematic impact.

Since their foundation in 2007 they have kept their consistent line-up featuring Jonathan Hopkins (guitar/vocals), Kyle Smith (guitar), Richard Berry (drums) and Ashley Cocco (bass). In their first instance CAESARS ROME won XFM Radio's Unsigned Artist Of The Week that got them regular national plays. Soon after they did a BBC RADIO 1 Live Session including the recording of four tracks live and a live interview on the Bethan Elfyn Show in Wales which led to national plays on the Huw Stephens show. On several occasions CAESARS ROME were main support for their friends Funeral For A Friend and also supported bands such as InMe, Innerpartysystem and Twin Atlantic and The Xcerts.

Their debut-album “The Company We Keep” was recorded with Romesh Dodangoda (Manic Street Preachers, Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout) in Long Wave Studios in Cardiff. “Romesh had worked with us before we started writing for an album. He believed in the songs and really brought them to life pre and post the recordings”, explains singer and guitarist Jonathan Hopkins.

Lyrically the album's title stems entirely from one central theme: “The songs and lyrics themselves tell a story from start to finish of our evolution as friends, how moods and situations can change us and how we continue to develop the strong relationships with people that surround our lives - friends, family, lovers etc.” They didn't write an album on how the songs "should" sound, but grasped a mood and moulded the music around its lyrics. “The Company We Keep” itself will show you aurally that it's a time line of events which lead on to shape the album as a whole.