Building Rome


Pants on the ground, pants on the ground…

by on Jan.25, 2010, under Band Updates, Random, Site Updates

(Updated 10:25 pm CST)

Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground!

Hey all! Got a couple of things going on we wanted to update you about:

  1. We’ve been on the road a lot the last few weeks, and I wanted to do something fun, so I decided to produce a rock version of Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground” song from the American Idol auditions. All of the melodies and guitar/bass/keyboard parts are completely original and everything was recorded on my laptop. We don’t have the ability to record Brian on drums, so they’re all computer-generated and programmed by me. Hope you can forgive me :) – Jon
  2. We’re starting a little video series on our YouTube channel called The Building Rome Show, where we’ll be adding videos of our shows and other random hi-jinks. Subscribe to us on YouTube and make sure you don’t miss an episode!
  3. We’re actively booking shows around the Midwest! If you live within 6-8 hours of St. Louis, MO and want us to play in your city, send an e-mail to and let us know where you go to see shows. Also, if you know other bands that play regularly in your city, send us a link to their MySpace/Facebook/websites so we can get in contact with them. Any help is appreciated!

We’ll see you soon!!

- Jon, Tom, Brian and Brandon
Building Rome

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Be in the video for our “Poker Face” cover!!

by on Jun.11, 2009, under Random, Site Updates

We thought it would be fun to put together a video for our “Poker Face” cover, and we want you to be in it! Here’s what we need you to do:

  1. If you haven’t yet, go to this link on our website and download the song for free: – Right-click on the .mp3 link and click “Save As” or “Save Link As”
  2. Videotape yourself singing along to the song while doing one of the following:
    • Parody of a modern pop singer or boy band – anyone similar to and including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, etc. Anything goes, from a choreographed dance production to rocking out in front of your mirror with a hairbrush.
    • Playing cards / slots / dice / whatever – anything casino-related, as long as it looks like you’re having fun!
  3. Send it to us!

We’ll take all the videos we receive and edit them together to make one fantastically awesome amazing video for the song!

Some tips to make sure you end up in the video:

  1. Make sure we can hear the recording and/or you singing! It’ll help us with the editing process. If you need the lyrics, you can read them here – make sure to change the he’s and him’s to she’s and her’s!
  2. Be sure to use our version of the song and NOT the Lady Gaga version. Ours is faster than the original and we want the footage to line up to the song.
  3. Make sure we can clearly see what’s going on in the video, i.e. keep the camera steady and have lots of light! If you’re using the video setting on your digital camera, make sure you’re using the best quality setting, if possible.
  4. Have fun with it!

When you’ve got your video recorded, upload it to a file-sharing service and send us the link. Some of the sites we’ve used before are,, or E-mail the link to

We’ll start editing the video sometime this weekend, but we’ll accept submissions until June 19 (a week and a half away from today).

We’re looking forward to seeing what you guys send in! If you have any questions, hit me up here, on Facebook (look up Jon Heisserer from Saint Louis), or send an e-mail to

- Jon

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Poker Face cover!

by on Jun.07, 2009, under Random, Site Updates

Jon took a break from working on the album this past week to do a cover of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga. Let us know what you think!

Building Rome – Poker Face (Lady Gaga cover).mp3

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Jon saw… a ghost?

by on Mar.12, 2009, under Random

This was from a video I took in my basement while messing around with my computer’s camera. This showed up in two frames. What does it look like to you?
- Jon

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