David Stephens - vocals
Kyle Pavone - vocals
Joshua Moore - guitar/lyrics
Lou Cotton - guitar
Andy Glass - bass
Eric Choi - drums
“Though we’ve grown as individuals, musicians, and as a band over the years, we have never changed the meaning behind what our band is, and if anything, on this record we found greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners,” explains We Came As Romans’ lyricist and guitarist Joshua Moore, in regards to the band’s musical evolution. “I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album.”
On July 23, We Came As Romans released their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, No. 1 on the Independent Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Internet Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart, and No. 2 on the Top Rock Chart.
The new album pushes We Came As Romans into new musical territory for the six-piece, by showcasing co-vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light, with the incorporation of his clean singing for the first time ever. In addition to his powerful, yet articulate, screams, Stephens now also displays rich melodic tones and gritty textures, that perfectly balances the soaring, smooth croons of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone. Musically the album expands on the band’s signature anthemic sound and inspirational themes, offering sweeping guitars interlaced with delicate synth interludes and explosive percussive elements. The resulting album is their catchiest and most universally relatable music to date.
Tracing Back Roots has received rave reviews from fans and press alike, with Alternative Press stating, "We Came As Romans come out remarkably strong on their third full-length...'Never Let Me Go' has a surging, anthemic power (and a killer chorus) that makes it a prime candidate for radio airplay-and plenty of tearful sing-alongs at gigs," Rock Sound declaring, "We Came As Romans have boldly and brilliantly hit their stride, and designed the melodic metalcore blueprint for years to come," and Kerrang! concluding, "Tracing Back Roots will ensure that We Came As Romans continue to rise to the top. And deservedly so."
Tracing Back Roots was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer John Feldmann [The Used, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low] “It was a true joy to be included in Tracing Back Roots,” notes Feldmann. “We Came As Romans push the boundaries of what modern alternative music should be, while staying authentic to their roots. One of the few new bands to keep true to their vision while developing as artists.”
Moore adds, “It was honestly a dream come true for the band to be working with John Feldmann, with him being so well-respected and having produced some of our favorite CDs growing up. He brought this amazing new perspective to our group and really pushed me to step outside the box as a writer. I truly believe that this next record is all of the best elements of what we have done so far in music, combined with where we want to go and the music we want to play going forward.”
The haunting, intricate album artwork for Tracing Back Roots was illustrated by the incredibly talented Paul Romano [Chiodos, Mastodon], who also created the covers for the band’s two previous full-lengths. Romano and We Came As Romans’ bassist Andrew Glass collaborated on the artistic direction of each cover, with the newest one incorporating and elaborating on elements within the first two covers. Glass explains, “The imagery is based on the idea of moving forward with the knowledge that we have learned about ourselves throughout the years, from the darkest to brightest times in life. It represents our continuous work towards transforming into the people we want to be, while always remembering our roots that made us who we are.”
Tracing Back Roots is available worldwide, through partnerships with Nuclear Blast [Europe, South Africa, Russia], We Are Unified [Australia, New Zealand], Triple Vision Records [Japan] and through Equal Vision Records for North America and all remaining territories.
The eleven-track album follows Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be, which was released in September 2011 and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Current Top 200. To date, Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be and the band’s debut-full-length, To Plant A Seed, have sold nearly 200,000 copies combined. Additional Billboard Chart debut placements for Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be included: #5 on Top Hard Music, #7 Independent, #10 Top Current Rock, #15 Current Digital, and #21 on the Top 200 Album Chart.
We Came As Romans formed in 2005 and is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass]. The band members’ average age stands at just 23 years old.
The Detroit-based band has appeared on the covers of Alternative Press (twice) and Substream Music Press magazines, on the front pages of the NJ Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Weekly, and The Metro (Detroit) newspapers, in exclusive features in Journeys stores and in Hot Topic’s back-to-school campaign, and appeared on RollingStone.com, Nikon.com, MTV Buzzworthy Blog, Axe Body Spray Sites, and Sirius XM Liquid Metal.
In addition to their unique sound and positive message, We Came As Romans has become well known for their impressive commitment to touring. The band has charged through extensive worldwide touring, including performances in the UK/Europe, Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, North and South America and more, with the likes of The Used, Megadeth, NOFX, Parkway Drive, GWAR, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, A Day To Remember and Pierce The Veil.
This past summer, We Came As Romans performed on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour as a Main Stage artist – their second time on the full tour – and also on the 2013 UK/Europe and Australian legs of Warped Tour and the Vans Off The Wall Music Night Tour. We Came As Romans will next embark on a UK headliner, the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour, with support from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Palm Reader.