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“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 even greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners,” shares We Came As Romans’ lyricist and guitarist Joshua Moore.
We Came As Romans’ latest album – Tracing Back Roots – pushes the six-piece band into new musical territory, by showcasing co-vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light. In addition to his always powerful, yet articulate, screams, Stephens now also displays rich, melodic tones and gritty textures on clean vocals that perfectly compliment the soaring, smooth croons of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone. Musically,
Tracing Back Roots 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. Alternative Press states, “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,” and Rock Sound declares, “We Came As Romans have boldly and brilliantly hit their stride, and designed the melodic metalcore blueprint for years to come,” while Kerrang! notes, “Tracing Back Roots will ensure that We Came As Romans continue to rise to the top. And deservedly so.”
The album 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.
Tracing Back Roots was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer John Feldmann [The Used, Black Veil Brides, 5 Seconds of Summer] “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 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.”
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 was released on July 23, 2013 and followed their sophomore release Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be (2011), which also had an impressive debut, landing 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 (2009), have each sold over 100,000 copies in the US alone. The band recently topped the charts yet again, with the September 2014 release of Present, Future, and Past – a stunning new live performance DVD that debuted at No. 1 the Billboard DVD Chart. The band is currently writing for their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, which is expected to be released in 2015.
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 over the past nine years. 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. We Came As Romans has toured and shared stages with the likes of A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, The Used, Megadeth, NOFX, August Burns Red, and performed at internationally renowned festivals such as Leeds and Reading Festivals, Riot Fest, SXSW, Rock On The Range, Bamboozle, PULP Fest, and many more.
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].