Watch Rome Burn is a two-piece ( guitar and drums) Seattle area rock band, comprised of brothers Jestyn (drums) and Drew (guitar/vox) Cummings. With their distinctively raucous and powerful sound, and with no patience for locked gates, they are the fierce voice of an emerging tribe driven by hunger that burns deep in the guts. The band emerged just two years ago, conceived and born under the brooding skies and shadowed hills of the Pacific Northwest.
The music draws influence from the dark and introspective Seattle Grunge scene, and the intensity from early proto-Punk and first-generation LA Punk bands; yet, they stand apart. Their rough, unsentimental music spurns the effete, whimpering death trip of urbanized self-absorption. They light a fire with the dark fuel of addiction, apathy, and suicide, watch the flames and survive the darkness; Never mind the heat. A fallen city, filled with rot and decay of indifference is cleansed by it. That is the genesis and the passion of Watch Rome Burn.
The two brothers have been making music together since childhood, Jestyn is a visionary; the living, beating heart of Watch Rome Burn, the guitar is his lyre. If Jestyn is the heart, then Drew is the soul of the band.
Watch Rome Burn embody the ‘two-piece revolution’ – the stripped-down-but-powerful setup, leaping like living flame out from the funeral pyre of Grunge and Punk to light the way and burn anew. They are set to release their self-produced second album – VOX HERETIC – this September 2018 with a national tour of the US planned for July – August of 2019. The tribes have gathered at the city gates, the flame is lit, the fire has begun.
Watch Rome Burn is brothers Jestyn and Drew Cummings, a young and upcoming modern punk duo with energy to burn. Check out their new dirty garage rock release “Now on VHS”, it’ll kick you in the teeth”
– Gary Horn, NadaMucho contributor
“Together as Watch Rome Burn, brothers Jestyn and Drew have been taking Seattle for a spin with their striking, searing crossbreed of Hard Rock and Metal. One listens to the band’s grungy guitars, puckish drumming and fetching melodies and you’ll be hooked.”
– NorthWest Music Scene
“These boys can put on a show, no doubt one of my favorite bands in the Seattle area. Can’t wait to WATCH ROME BURN again!!”
– Amin Shariatmadari
“Reminds me of if Nirvana had hung out with some crust punks and made a doom record together. It’s a really cool original vibe”
– Wyatt Olney of Wyatt Olney and the Wreckage