Artist: We Came As Romans

Orgin: Detroit (MI), USA

Genre: Alternative Metal

Label: Spinefarm Records

Link: https://www.facebook.com/wecameasromans und http://www.wecameasromans.com/

Bandmember:

Vocals – David Stephens
Vocals – Kyle Pavone
Guitare – Joshua Moore
Guitare – Lou Cotton
Bass – Andy Glass
Drums – Eric Choi

We Came As Romans - We Came As Romans Cover

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

Hello We Came As Romans,

At first I want to congratulate you to your 10th anyversary, if you take your first band name, This Emergency, into account. From your point of view, this 10 years were quiet filled with a lot of action. An uncountable number of shows and four studio albums were done by you. I want to talk with you mainly about your fourth release, which is selftitled, but at the beginning I want you to rewind the last 10 years shortly.

A lot of bands start their music carrer with a selftitled album. You decided, to save this valuable title until your fourth release. Did it happened randomly or did you plan to release a killer album under your name?

We Came As Romans:

It wasn’t something we planned at all. Different potential album names were suggested and played with, but none seemed to fit. While writing this album we all came together creatively more than ever before and didn’t fear what kind of backlash speaking directly from our hearts could entail. So we wrote very honestly, writing exactly what we wanted to play, hear, and say and held nothing back. Because this record is straight from our hearts and is as honest as it is, it only seemed fitting to name it after ourselves.

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

If you look back into the year 2011, some of our readers will think of your release, What We´ve Grown To Be. What have changed regarding to your songwriting, taking “Tracing Back Roots” into account, what are you doing different this time and what can a buyer expect while listening to your new release?

We Came As Romans:

The way both records were written is completely different. Understanding was written almost entirely by our guitarist, Joshua and is a very “dark” record. TBR was a very positive and uplifting record that featured a few more members of the band creatively and was written on the road and in the studio. Our new record involved every member in the writing process and we were fortunate enough to travel around America writing in different studios. This was only possible by taking a break from our normal rigorous touring schedule. We wrote songs in LA, NYC, Detroit, New Jersey, and Nashville and wrote around 35 songs. We’ve never wrote so much material for a record and we never were able to take time off to write! Since the standard of quality had to be so high and we knew we could only have great songs on it, this kind of concentration and effort were essential. When listening to this cd, the listener will notice the songs have a lot of thought put into them, and the lyrics aren’t necessarily positive. However, pointing out a bad thing thats happening doesn’t mean a positive change can’t come from it.

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

In your home country, the mix of Hardcore, Trancecore and Metalcore is a blockbuster and you not always entered the charts since your debut “To Plant A Seed” and improved everytime. Which position do you think you will reach this time in the US-Charts and do you think you can enter the German Charts again?

We Came As Romans:

Its always a goal of ours to exceed our first week numbers and chart position from record to record and we’ve succeeded every time. I’m confident we’ll be able to on this record as well, but unfortunately people are buying less CDs that ever before and its become extremely difficult. 

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

You work together with big labels and bands. What are their expectations compared to former releases?

We Came As Romans:

We always want to put on foot in front of the other and continue to grow as we already have from record to record!

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

My colleague and I mentioned in our conclusions, that We Came As Romans doesn’t blow your mind if you listen to it the first time, but it gets better with each listening session, because you can find always something new. That’s something that is a high value point for a album and shows that your release is not a “One Hit Wonder”. Is this a standard, you try to keep?

We Came As Romans:

We’ve always placed value on every song that makes its way onto a record because a record is only as good as the weakest song. What I mean is, if you have a “decent” song on a “great” record, it diminishes the value of the other songs that are “great”. On this record more than ever, we made sure every song was great and refused to put anything less on it. 

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

A complete album does not only consist of music, but also with artworks.  Your chosen design is clearly structured, but leaves enough place for own interpretations. What do you want to tell the listeners, if they stay double-minded in front of the CD-chart and see your CD?

We Came As Romans:

I hope they realize the amount of work we’ve put into it and are willing to give it a chance. I’m confident that its a great album and there is a song for everyone on it. 

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

The european sommer festivals are running intensivly, and I guess they are to late for a live presantation of We Came As Romans or do you visit an open air festival in europe during the release date?

We Came As Romans:

We’re on the Vans Warped Tour in America this summer but we’ll be touring europe again soon!

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

In autumn/winter are a lot of tours through Germany. You are called THE live band in the scene. Can we expect to see you here in the cold season?

We Came As Romans:

With a new record out, we’ll be touring a lot! We’re already booked through the end of 2015, but I can’t tell you exactly what we’re doing quite yet.

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

Like mentioned a few times before, you experienced a lot of things. Is there a band left you want to tour with and did not before? Is there a festival, on which flyer you want to see your logo?

We Came As Romans:

It would be a dream of ours to tour with Linkin Park. We’ve all always been such huge fans of theirs and admire them as song writers. After performing at Download last year, we’d like to do that festival again but on the main stage!

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

I talked to a lot of bands before – and I got a lot of different answers when I asked about the topic „A Day Off“. A lot of bands like to play a long tour without breaks, because they want to make new fans happy on every evening. Other bands like to take a break, so they can experience new countries and their culture. What is your point of view regarding this topic?

We Came As Romans:

I like having one day off a week. Its healthy for our crew and techs to get rest and its a great time to experience a city or country you maybe haven’t been to! I do love playing shows every night, but days off are always looked forward to.

Time For Metal / Rene W.:

Thank you for your time, I wish you a lot of success for the future. The last words belong to you, feel free to tell your fans some nice words. 😉

We Came As Romans:

hanks so much for supporting us and keeping our dreams alive. See you all soon!!

 

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