We Are the Romans

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We Are the Romans
Studio album by Botch
Released November 1999 (1999-11)[1]
Recorded June 29 – July 8, 1999
Genre Mathcore
Length 52:35
Label Hydra Head (HH666-41)
Producer Matt Bayles, Botch
Botch chronology
American Nervoso
(1998)
We Are the Romans
(1999)
An Anthology of Dead Ends
(2002)

We Are the Romans is the second and final studio album by the American band Botch. It was originally released in November 1999 through Hydra Head Records,[1] and a remastered two disc edition was later released on September 11, 2007.[2] A Hydra Head repressing of the vinyl will see release on October 25, 2011.[3] The repress sold out on pre-order in under 20 minutes.[4]

"C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'" has been described by the band as satirizing Racetraitor and "other bands with these very lofty political ideals that seemed like more a marketing tool for the genre of political hardcore rather than a sincere agenda" (Brian Cook).[5] Bassist Brian Cook, who determined many of the song titles, credits J. G. Ballard's book The Atrocity Exhibition as inspiring themes of "the human body as a landscape, and the way that culture and environment sort of dictates the human body and vice versa."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Botch.[6]

  1. "To Our Friends in the Great White North" – 5:10
  2. "Mondrian Was a Liar" – 2:41
  3. "Transitions from Persona to Object" – 6:04
  4. "Swimming the Channel Vs. Driving the Chunnel" – 4:30
  5. "C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'" – 4:44
  6. "Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb" – 3:04
  7. "Frequency Ass Bandit" – 4:26
  8. "I Wanna Be a Sex Symbol on My Own Terms" – 3:35
  9. "Man the Ramparts" – 10:50
  10. "Thank God For Worker Bees (Remix)" (hidden track) – 7:27

Remaster bonus disc[edit]

No. Song title (working titles in italics)[6] Notes[6] Time
1. "To Our Friends in the Great White North" (demo)
"Canada Song" or "Tasting Like a Hot Lunch in Amsterdam"
We Are the Romans demos
Recorded live on Digital Audio Tape
by Matt Bayles at Studio Litho
May 31, 1999
5:17
2. "I Wanna Be a Sex Symbol on My Own Terms" (demo)
"Latin Song"
3:41
3. "Transitions from Persona to Object" (demo)
"Circus Song" or "Saturn Aligned with Mars"
6:34
4. "Mondrian Was a Liar" (demo)
"Bam Bam and Other Assorted Onamonapeia"
3:02
5. "Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb" (demo)
"F.I.M.D (Top Secret! Don't Ask!)"
3:21
6. "C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'" (demo)
"C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'"
4:25
7. "Man the Ramparts" (demo)
"Man the Ramparts for There Are Fair Maidens Aplenty"
6:33
8. "Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb" (live) Live in Seattle
April 21, 2001 at Graceland
4:20
9. "Vietmam" (live) 3:13
10. "Transitions from Persona to Object" (live) Live in France
November 11, 1999
6:01
11. "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" (live) 6:19

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (93%)[7]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound (10/10)[9]
Exclaim! (positive)[10]
Montreal Mirror (9/10)[11]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars[12]
Stylus Magazine B+[13]

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Other personnel
  • Matt Bayles – production, engineering and mixing
  • Ed Brooks – mastering
  • Carrie Whitney – photography
  • Dave Knudson - art direction, design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Simons, Stephanie (October 29, 1999). "Preview: Lakewood's Botch band will help close Rkcndy all-ages club". The News Tribune (Tacoma: The McClatchy Company). p. SL19. ISSN 1073-5860. 
  2. ^ "Botch - We Are The Romans [Deluxe]". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  3. ^ "BOTCH - We Are the Romans 2xLP repress". Hydra Head Records. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "BOTCH - We Are the Romans 2xLP SOLD OUT". Hydra Head Records. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b J. Bennett, "Fallen Empire", Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, Albert Mudrian, ed., Da Capo Press, p. 322.
  6. ^ a b c We Are the Romans [Remaster] (CD booklet). Botch. Hydra Head Records. 2007. HH666–141. 
  7. ^ Review from AbsolutePunk
  8. ^ Review from Allmusic
  9. ^ Review from Drowned in Sound
  10. ^ Review from Exclaim!
  11. ^ Review from Montreal Mirror
  12. ^ Review from Punknews.org
  13. ^ Review from Stylus Magazine