When In Rome's founding member, Michael Floreale, was approached by a major force in the music biz to reform When In Rome in 2006. Now performing as When In Rome II, the band has successfully performed throughout the USA and South America. With a bunch of great new songs, the band continue to tour and record.
When In Rome had a #1 billboard hit in the late 80's with "The Promise". The original members parted ways after their first album release, never to reform.
In 2004, "The Promise" was featured in the award winning film, Napoleon Dynamite.
Founding member Michael Floreale (piano, synths, programming) decided to reform the band with a new lead vocalist & guitarist Johnny Ceravolo.
"We met in person and just started playing songs. It felt really natural, like we'd been in a band before. It was almost eerie."
Michael and Johnny began writing and recording immediately. Together they have collaborated to create an exciting new sound, as well as an impressive and extensive catalogue of original material.
"The chemistry between us was instant, natural, and overpowering. It overtook us. We went straight to work. It didn't take long for us to get to the point where we had more than enough material for a full length album. Once we got to that point, it became readily apparent that we were going to need a great drummer and a great producer to give the songs their due. We started talking to producers and drummers right away, but it took a really long time for us to find the right people. A lot of people were interested in working with us, but we felt it was extremely important to be patient and wait for the perfect personnel to manifest."
And all good things come to those who wait. And work.
Enter Warren Huart and Victor Indrizzo:
Producer Warren Huart has worked with some of the biggest names in the business (The Fray, James Blunt, and most recently Aerosmith).
"When we met Warren, we knew immediately that he was the guy. We knew his track record was impressive, but when we got the chance to actually sit and talk with him face to face, we were convinced. It was as if someone had handed him our secret list of things we wanted from a producer, and within 5 minutes he had checked everything off the list! After going through droves of producers who just didn't get it, we finally found him and it was like, 'Yeah! This is totally the guy!' We just knew instantly."
At Warren's suggestion, Victor Indrizzo was brought in to play drums on the record. Victor has worked with artists such as Beck, Macy Gray, Queens of the Stone Age, and Brandon Flowers of The Killers. Talk about pedigree!
"Victor is one of the top 10 session drummers in the world. His list of credits is ridiculous. We were blown away. He literally came in and nailed all 10 songs in less than half a day. It was unbelievable. Victor's not human. Plus, he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet."
When In Rome 11 had the album mastered by Stephen Marcussen of Marcussen Mastering.
"Stephen is just the guy to go to. He's a legend! He's worked with everyone: U2, STP, The Rolling Stones, Prince, you name it! Stephen's the man! It was incredibly rewarding to sit and listen to Stephen putting the final touches on our 4 year long labor of love. We knew we had something special, but once we heard the final masters, we were beyond ecstatic. The songs sound even better than we had ever envisioned."
The album When In Rome 11 is available on Amazon and all major digital music stores. When In Rome 11 are continuing to tour and will be performing shows in 2019 featuring new singer, Tony Fennell. Originally from Birmingha in the UK, Tony was the voice of Ultravox, replacing singer Midge Ure. Tony went on to record a new Ultravox album and toured worldwide with the band.