by Ashley Poton
That is to say, hold onto your earphones ‘cause we’re going for a ride.
Junie’d rather jam out to Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen than every song post-1995 ever recorded. She’s the classic rock kind of girl. Pink hair, band t-shirts, frayed shorts, and Converses. She’s a hodgepodge of Springsteen, Van Morrison, Guns ’N Roses, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Def Leopard, but most of all? She’s this song, and it’s not even classic rock:
Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy / Elton John
Roman’s got some issues. He’s not sexy (in person—magazines say differently). He’s not cool and collective (like in all his interviews). He enjoys weekend marathoning of Game of Thrones and Firefly. Oh, and his best friend is dead. So. There’s that.
Some Nights - Fun.
Roman’s best friend is the exact opposite. He wears a kilt. Has a blue mohawk. He has some pretty swift fingers as the pianist for their band, Roman Holiday. He single-handedly coined the term “brohaho”. And he used to be an Elvis impersonator, which has made him very wise in the hips.
Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley
Roman’s deceased best friend. She was the person he went to when his world faded to black and the crowd left to go home. The lead singer (and lyrical mastermind) behind the band Roman Holiday, she left a gaping hole in the lives of Roman and Boaz—and most of America—when she died. And there’s really one song that inspired her—only one that could.
Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel
She’s probably the biggest fan of the band Roman Holidayi, like, ever. And when I say ever, I mean she has an entire shrine of Roman Holiday posters, magazine cut-outs, PEZ dispensers… it’s an obsession. But under the avid Holidayer there is a smidgen of genuine music prowess.
Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz
Junie’s boyfriend. Lacrosse player. Ab-licious. Has non-scented battery-operated candles in his bedroom. His parents are extremely wealthy, but him? Not so much. He’s your (a)typical “Hey, my parents are out of town, let’s have a kegger!” sort of guy… Or is he?
We Are Golden - MIKA
Roman Holiday (the band)
When I created the band, I didn’t think I actually needed to create a sound for the band. At first I was like “I’ll do Fun! Because I love their sound! And the sound of the Format! So yeah!” but then I realized that’s not exact pop. So I thought. And listened. And thought some more. And then found Marianas Trench, and although they are certifiably pop rock, this is way, way pop. And it’s pretty much the personification of Roman Holiday.
Stutter - Marianas Trench
There are definitely more songs that inspired The Sound of Us! Take a listen to the Spotify playlist!
Thank you so much for letting me have fun on your blog!
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