Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to start a band?
We’ve been mates since we were in the infant’s school, all taking an interest in what the other guys were doing. I started playing guitar in junior school, and it so happened that Jamie took an interest that. Since his fingers were too podgy for the guitar, so he decided to take up drums, so we could share our love and play songs by our favourite bands (iron maiden, AC/DC). Jasp started playing bass and that’s really the start of our band. We were rehearsing most nights after school, getting prepared for our first real gig, the year 6 talent show. We played the talent show and the whole school erupted after we finished Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden. From there, we’ve been wanting to chase the desire of playing to large audiences ever since.
Introduce us all to the members, how did the band get together?
Jasper Watson – Bass / Main Vocals. Ben Goodfellow – guitar / backing vocals, Jamie Martin – Drummer & lyricist. After we left the junior school, we had a few singers in the band as neither Jasp or myself were really good or confident enough to take up the role of singing. Nevertheless, the extra editions to the core roots of Post Rome never really fitted well in with us. Being three best mates, I don’t think we could really let anyone else into our circle, so in 2016, we decided to stick to our roots, and Jasp and I started learning to sing. From there, Post Rome were truly formed, and we’ve loved it ever since.
What is the unsigned scene in Sunderland like at the minute?
CLASS. Before the lockdown, there were killer gigs every week been put on at the independent. The line-ups just kept on getting better and better. I think all of the local artists are highly commendable in terms of the quality of tunes in which our peers are writing. We like hearing good tunes coming out of Sunderland, it’s a great. I think as more local artists are releasing more music, the quality of them just keep getting better. I feel like we all bounce off of each other, whether that be inspiration from the new tunes, or just sheer passion to try and be the best out of the bunch.
What good bands are coming out of Sunderland at the minute?
The unsigned scene is actually thriving in Sunderland, there’s been a wave some cool new bands that have been coming through, and we love to see that. Docksuns are a brilliant band with some killer tunes, they share the same postcode as us, it’s just a shame we haven’t took to the stage with them yet. Plastic Glass is another obvious choice, they have some mint anthemic tunes, the only way is up for those guys at the moment. And obviously we’ve gotta finish this question by plugging ourselves (Post Rome) as well, we knock out some good tunes.
What support is out there for new artists in Sunderland?
So it depends on if you’re a band that’s wanting to gig or if you’re just starting out writing.
First of all, if you’re a new band that’s starting out the best approach is to reach out to other local bands/artists and speak to them. Whether it’s advice or wanting to get on their bill, that’s a great place to start. I’d say that the Sunderland music scene is a particularly social one. So getting to know them and making yourself known amongst them is great.
Secondly, If you’re wanting to learn how to write you can get in touch with the young musicians project – which is a great collective that help you find your feet and your sound when you’re getting the ball rolling. It can be hard to find the determination to just sit in your room and write. So a great way to start is by speaking to other like minded individuals and finding best practice.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We were playing Jumpin’ Jacks in Newcastle, before it closed down, for a Halloween dress up gig. Marty was a bloodied nurse, Jasp was the hulk and I went as The Dude from the Big Lebowski. The gig was sold out, there were that many people in the room, twenty percent of the audience could only hear us as they couldn’t get into the main standing area. When we came on it was just absolute mayhem. We’ve never seen a room so full of energy, literally everyone was dancing, you could feel the flaw fluctuate with the amount of weight jumping up and down on it. We got told, by a member of staff, to tell the audience to calm down before the floor went through. They didn’t listen, and that was without a doubt one of the sweatiest gigs we’ve played.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Jumpin’ Jacks again! Just after starting the band, we got offered to support Far Pacific for their headline show there. I think it was 2016, so we were still so young, and in our naivety, decided to set back two crates of beer before commencing the show. That was definitely one of the worst decisions that band has made since starting. We got on the stage completely bladdered, played a rubbish, out of time set, that the audience didn’t really take to. It was after that gig that we all agreed that we will only play gigs 100% sober, and surprisingly, as well for the better, we’ve stuck to that.
Tell us something about each member yourself that you think people would be surprised about?
So for starters, Jamie is actually a 60 year old sleeper agent that was recruited by the KGB for deep undercover ops before the Berlin Wall came down. He’s since shrugged off his blunt and serious approach to assassinating world leaders and can find solace in drumming. He still loves vodka though.
Ben has actually been a part time lingerie model for Anne summers for the past 6 months but none of his shoots could be published because they were “too revealing” or “not fit for the public”.
Jasper has been learning to unicycle since lockdown, but due to his previous convictions can’t go pro. We’re not sure if it’s just because his convictions were made against the circus business but if anyone is a good lawyer and wants to support his dreams we’d love to hear from you.
What’s your biggest achievement as a band?
Our biggest achievement as a band isn’t a headline show, or a really cool support, or selling merch. It’s continually making music that we like for such a long time. 10 years so far. That will always be the biggest and – hopefully, ever growing achievement
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think what makes Post Rome stand out as a band is our live set. There’s just so much energy and passion when we perform it’s incredible. Being three best mates as well, the connection that we all have with each other when we are up there shines, I think. We are definitely at our happiest when we’re playing our tunes to a packed-out room. We always leave the stage drenched in buckets of sweat. We often have to bring a spare change of clothes if we’re wanting to party after a gig it gets that bad.