Building Rome

The Vault

Looking through my hard drives, I realized that Building Rome has collected an abundance of demos, cover songs, embarrassing photos, and countless other digital files in the time we’ve been making music. Instead of saving them for the B-sides and rarities box set in 25 years (haha), I decided to share them with you now. Since Mondays usually suck, every Monday we’ll post something new and hopefully make the start to your week less crappy.

Download for Monday, March 16, 2009

This week’s download is a full band acoustic version of “Ode To The Sad.”

This was recorded live in 2006 at studios during our first iCoustix performance. This song was from our first album; a hidden track, and this is one of the only times we’ve played it live. It’s a little different than the album version, and I was planning on recording it with a full band and strings behind it. It’s really about being so depressed that you don’t want to move. I originally wrote this song with every intention of never letting anyone hear it, but I showed it to my best friend and girlfriend, and they insisted that I put it out. So here it is.
- Jon


Download for Monday, March 9, 2009

Sorry, no Vault this week!

Download for Monday, March 2, 2009

This week’s download is “Chasing Angels.”

This demo was written and recorded within months of the first album’s release (Something Left of Nothing). I haven’t released it until now because I always thought that I would end up re-recording it at some point and I didn’t want to spoil it. But it’s been years, and it’s not going to be recorded for “Nightmare,” so I figured that I would throw it out there. There is another version of this with different lyrics and music that I might release later. Please don’t get too attached to this version because eventually I want to redo this song with a better recording and performance.

- Jon


Download for Monday, February 23, 2009

Sorry, no Vault this week!

Download for Monday, February 16, 2009

Sorry, no Vault this week!

Download for Monday, February 9, 2009

This week’s download is a demo for a song that may or may not be on “Nightmare,” the new album.

Hey guys, I’ve been working on the new album and I didn’t really want to put any demos out there before the release, but… I recorded this on my Macbook Pro awhile back, thinking it was going to go on “Nightmare.” I go back and forth on this song and for now, I’ve tentatively decided to cut it from the record.

I would, however, like to hear your opinions on the song. If you guys like it and we can do some work and make it better, it’ll go back on the album, but if not… let me know your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, etc. I think it would be cool if you guys could give me suggestions on what direction you think the song could go.

Here are two versions we’ve recorded of the song. The first one is a demo that I recorded with the whole band, the second is the original version that I recorded on my own. The original version has a different feel and I think I like it better. Let me know what you think pleeaseeee… leave a comment with your ideas or suggestions on this week’s post!

- Jon


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Download for Monday, February 2, 2009

Sorry, no Vault this week!

Download for Monday, January 26, 2009

This week’s download is the jingle “Chicken Feet”, by Jon Heisserer.

I was in an advertising class at Meramec (one of our local colleges), and I had to create a campaign promoting chicken feet. I usually stay up all night watching infomercials on TV, and at that time there were a lot of miracle weight loss advertisements that got on my nerves. They are all ridiculous, so I decided to spoof them. I created a video (which I can’t find) and I wrote and recorded this jingle to fit my product. I was also going through a rap phase, which will make it’s appearance in future Vault recordings… Make this your ringtone!

- Jon

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Download for Monday, January 19, 2009

This week’s download is a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”, done by The Jon Heisserer Is Really Cool Band.

Back in the day while I was recording the first album (SLON) I was frustrated and bored as hell between the days that I could record and the days that I couldn’t. There were a lot of people sharing Andrew Ghaissi’s studio, so I had to wait my turn to get in. Anyway, at the same time I got a random idea that I was going to make a band called “The Jon Heisserer Is Really Cool Band” (Also known as “Tim Doering and The Boring Doerings”) in which I would play all of the instruments and dress up in press photos with fake characters that were really just me.

I set up a really crappy drum set, learned how to play drums (extremely shit-i-ly) and recorded an E.P in my basement that I never released. Mostly because it was for fun and definitely isn’t perfect.

This was my first attempt at playing every instrument and recording/mixing it all by myself. Also, I was young and I don’t think my balls had quite dropped yet… so the singing is a little embarrassing. But shit, who cares.

- Jon

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Download for Monday, January 12, 2009

This week’s download is an acoustic cover of Alkaline Trio’s “Standard Break From Life”, done by Jon Heisserer.

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