Photo: Joe Tremmel
July 16, 2023

Luxembourgish Neo Folk artist ROME’s new two track single Yellow And Blue was released on June 23rd, 2023 via Trisol Music Group on both digital and as a strictly limited edition 7” in tandem with a further strictly limited edition 7” only release of the two track single Our Lady Of The Legion, which will receive a digital release later this summer. Both tracks are set to feature on the band’s latest album Gates Of Europe, which is set for release, both on digital and 7”, on August 25th, 2023.

Whoever has attended one of ROME’s 2022/23 shows on their European tour will remember Yellow And Blue as one of the breath taking encores Jerome Reuter would deliver towards the end of the set. As it was about time to let people hear the studio version of this anthem in all its glory, Yellow And Blue is now released as a strictly limited edition 7” vinyl single, a teaser to the upcoming full-length album Gates Of Europe. The B-Side features the song in its live version, recorded at their legendary appearance in war-time Kyiv in February 2023.

ROME has never been overtly political, but since the beginning of the Ukraine war, Jerome Reuter, ROME’s mastermind who founded the project in Luxembourg back in 2005, has taken sides and visited Ukraine several times since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, given performances and delivered humanitarian aid. Yellow And Blue was written on the road in Ukraine on such a trip.

The slogan “courage has two colours” being used as part of an early war-time campaign by Ukraine’s armed forces, Reuter expanded the sentiment:

We don’t run on dollars / The green won’t do / For strength has two colours / Yellow and blue

ROME will also be hitting the road throughout the remainder of 2023. Dates include:

29.07.2023 UA-Lviv / Faine Misto Festival
25.08.2023 UA-Lviv / !FESTrepublic
26.08.2023 UA-Kyiv / Volume Club
01.09.2023 DE-Deutzen / NCN Festival
08.09.2023 PL-Aleksandrów Ł. / Summer Dying Loud Festival (solo)
16.09.2023 IE-Dublin / Wheelans (solo)
28.09.2023 FI-Helsinki / TBA (solo)
29.09.2023 SE-Stockholm / Bar Brooklyn (solo)
30.09.2023 NO-Oslo / Revolver (solo)
01.10.2023 SE-Gothenburg / The Abyss (solo)
06.10.2023 CH-Aargau / Musigburg
07.10.2023 DE-Frankfurt / Nachtleben
08.10.2023 DE-Cologne / Yard Club
10.10.2023 DE-Münster / Gleis 22
11.10.2023 DE-Hamburg / Nochtwache
12.10.2023 DE-Berlin / Frannz Club
13.10.2023 PL-Gdansk / Dizzly Grizzly
14.10.2023 PL-Krakow / Poczta Glówna
26.10.2023 DE-Dresden / Bunker
27.10.2023 DE-Nuremberg / Stereo
29.10.2023 DE-Munich / Backstage
01.11.2023 HU-Budapest / Dürer Kert
02.11.2023 RO-Cluj Napoca / Form Space
03.11.2023 RO-Bucharest / Fabrica
04.11.2023 BG-Sofia / Live & Loud
05.11.2023 RS-Belgrade / TBA
07.11.2023 AT-Vienna / Viper Room
08.11.2023 SI-Ljubljana / Orto Bar
09.11.2023 IT-Milano / Arci Bellezza
10.11.2023 DE-Freiburg / TBA
11.11.2023 BE-Aarschot / Porta Nigra Festival
18.11.2023 NL-Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg

ROME has a long-standing history with its Ukrainian fanbase. The band have been visiting Ukraine regularly since 2015, shortly after hostilities began in the country’s east. As it happened, ROME was touring Ukraine as well, a mere few days before the invasion in February 2022, performing in Kyiv and Odesa. After charity concerts inside and outside of Ukraine in 2022, Reuter brought the whole band back as promised to perform two now already legendary shows in February to commemorate the anniversary of the invasion with shows in Lviv and Kyiv. The B-Side was recorded at the sold-out show in Kyiv and demonstrates ROME’s passionate fervour to not be intimidated by anyone or anything and to forge its own path…

…To life!