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We Came as Romans
We Came As Romans Signing.jpg
We Came as Romans at a signing on the Fire & Ice Tour.
Background information
Origin Troy, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Metalcore, post-hardcore, electronicore
Years active 2005–Present
Labels Equal Vision, Nuclear Blast, We Are Unified
Website www.wecameasromans.com
Members David Stephens
Joshua Moore
Lou Cotton
Eric Choi
Andy Glass
Kyle Pavone
Past members Mark Myatt
Sean E. Daly
Sean N. Zelda
Jonny Nabors
Larry Clark
Chris Moore

We Came as Romans is an American melodic metalcore band from Troy, Michigan that formed on July 19, 2005. The band signed to Equal Vision Records in April 2009 and are managed by Outerloop Management. We Came as Romans has released two EPs, Demonstrations (2008) and Dreams (2008), and three full-length albums, To Plant a Seed (2009), Understanding What We've Grown to Be (2011), and Tracing Back Roots (2013).

History[edit]

We Came as Romans was founded during 2005 in and around Detroit, Michigan with all of the members still attending high school. The band would go through one name change and many lineup adjustments to solidify today's current band. The band later acquired the attention of Albany, New York label Equal Vision Records, and were taken in with a contract to which they were signed to in 2009.

Formation and early years as This Emergency (2005–2008)[edit]

In August 2005, high school seniors Sean N. Zelda, David Stephens, Jonny Nabors, Mark Myatt and Joshua Moore formed a band called "This Emergency". Current front man, David Stephens, played guitar during this period. They performed various shows throughout the metro Detroit area. In November 2005, the band parted ways with bass player, Jonny Nabors and replaced him with Sean E. Daly. In June 2006, Zelda quit the band to attend the University of Michigan. In the summer of 2006, a close friend of the band, Larry Clark, officially joined on vocals; and Myatt changed their name to We Came as Romans.[1] According to David Stephens, during this time, two songs entitled "Mouth to Mouth" & the original version of "Colours" were released with Larry Clark as the vocalist. According to the band's publicist at Equal Vision Records, Joshua Moore assumed duties of writing the majority of the lyrics from this point on.

Demonstrations and Dreams EP's (2008–2009)[edit]

After the name change, they spent the next few years getting their members to the band's current lineup. Their first EP, Demonstrations (sometimes referred to as the "Motions EP") was sold at concerts and online through their website. Between EPs, We Came as Romans embarked on the "V-Neck & Shaved Chest" Tour (June 2008) with Close to Home. Afterwards, Dreams was released on December 12, 2008. It was produced by Joey Sturgis and was met with many favorable reviews.[2] AbsolutePunk gave Dreams a 79/100 review. Sputnikmusic gave them a 3.5/5. They called the EP "Short and sweet, but lasting and fulfilling".[3] Two days before the release of To Plant a Seed, WCAR concluded support of Oh, Sleeper and The Chariot on their co-headlining "Here a tour, there a tour, everywhere a tour tour" Tour (September - November 2009).[4]

To Plant a Seed (2009–2011)[edit]

To Plant a Seed, the band's first full-length album, was released on November 3, 2009.[5] Like Dreams, this album was produced alongside Joey Sturgis and features re-recorded versions of "Dreams" and "Intentions" (featuring Tyler "Telle" Smith) originally from Dreams. We Came as Romans finished 2009 with the "Leave It to the Suits Tour" (November and December 2009) with I See Stars, Of Mice & Men, and Broadway.[6] The first video single "To Plant a Seed" was released on May 11, 2010. WCAR appeared on the Punk Goes Pop Volume Three compilation, released November 1, 2010, covering Justin Timberlake's "My Love".[7] We Came as Romans' second video single "To Move on is to Grow" was released on December 14, 2010 according to iTunes. We Came as Romans' title track "To Plant a Seed" appeared on Equal Vision Records Presents: New Sounds 2011, released December 21, 2010 on iTunes. On January 6, 2011, the band's label, Equal Vision Records announced that To Plant a Seed would be re-released including the new single "To Move on Is to Grow" as a CD/DVD deluxe version. The DVD includes 38-minutes of exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, live performances from their recent United States, 2010 tours (Scream It Like You Mean It and Band of Brothers), and the new music video for “To Move on Is to Grow”. To Plant a Seed made a big debut on the Billboard charts reaching No. 6 on Top Heatseekers, No. 25 on Top Independent, and No. 175 on Top 200 charts, respectively.[citation needed]

Tour activity (2010)[edit]

During January 2010, the band sporadically headlined events, and then set out on "The Emptiness Tour" (February and March 2010) with Alesana, A Skylit Drive, The Word Alive, and Of Mice & Men[8] (which was recorded by BVTV "Band of the Week" for viewing on YouTube),[9] the headlining "We Are Not Meaningless" tour (April - May 2010) with Four Letter Lie and Life on Repeat,[10] and "The Welcome to the Circus Tour" (May and June 2010) with Asking Alexandria, From First to Last, Our Last Night, and A Bullet for Pretty Boy,[11] to promote To Plant A Seed. Further extensive touring in 2010 included the "Scream It Like You Mean It 2010" Tour (July and August 2010) with Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, I Set My Friends On Fire, Sky Eats Airplane, Ivoryline, and Close to Home,[12] the "Band of Brothers Tour" (August - October 2010), which included full U.S. and Canada dates with In Fear and Faith, Confide, Upon a Burning Body, and Abandon All Ships[13] (also recorded by BVTV "Band of the Week" for viewing on YouTube),[14] the Imperial "Never Say Die" European Tour (October and November 2010) with Parkway Drive, Comeback Kid, Bleeding Through, War from a Harlots Mouth, Emmure, and Your Demise,[15] and finally, the "No Sleep Til" Festival Tour (December 2010) closing out the year in New Zealand and Australia with Megadeth headlining.[15] Andy Glass filled-in on bass for Close to Home during the entire "Scream It Like You Mean It 2010" Tour. On December 8, 2010 (first day of band releases), We Came as Romans was among the initial list of bands announced to play the Vans Warped Tour 2011.[16]

Tour activity (January–August 2011)[edit]

We Came as Romans embarked on the headlining Motel 6 "Rock Yourself to Sleep" Tour (January and February 2011) with Woe, Is Me, For Today, The Word Alive, and Texas in July,[17] which included the Outerloop Presents Amped and Alive "Ice Jam" festival on January 30, 2011 at Sonar, in Baltimore, Maryland with Silverstein co-headlining the event with We Came as Romans.[18] On January 10, 2011, five days into the "Rock Yourself to Sleep" Tour, Equal Vision Records released a statement regarding the health of guitarist, Joshua Moore, stating, "Early this morning, We Came as Romans’ guitarist Joshua Moore was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and is currently being treated at a hospital in Nebraska." Joshua Moore was not scheduled to appear on any of the future Motel 6 "Rock Yourself to Sleep" tour dates, however through Joshua Moore's Twitter and Facebook accounts on February 1, 2011, he stated that with a second doctor's approval, he may be cleared to rejoin the tour, and on February 4, 2011 he rejoined the band in Lancaster, PA. Also, during the beginning stages of Joshua Moore's illness recovery, We Came as Romans officially cancelled shows in Denver, CO (January 10, 2011) and Salt Lake City, UT (January 11, 2011) due to inclement weather.[19] The band then went on supporting A Day to Remember for their headlining "Game Changers Tour" (March - April 2011),[20] and headlining the "Scream It Like You Mean It 2011" European Tour (April - May 2011) with Miss May I, The Word Alive, and This or the Apocalypse.[21] We Came as Romans also played the entire Vans Warped Tour 2011 (June - August 2011) as scheduled.[16]

Understanding What We've Grown to Be (2011–2013)[edit]

Recording for the follow-up of To Plant a Seed was scheduled for February and March 2011 (Part 1) and May - July 2011 (Part 2). According to We Came as Romans' label, Equal Vision Records, "The band is currently writing for their sophomore full-length album, which they will be recording with Joey Sturgis between tours and is expected to see a fall 2011 release date".[22] In an interview with Brian Walsh, a Monster Energy Pit reporter for Warped Tour 2011, Joshua Moore confirmed that their second album is indeed all planned out and they will be entering the studio before embarking on Warped Tour.[23] During this time, We Came as Romans appeared in the No. 25 (June/July 2011) issue of Substream Music Press magazine, and Dave Stephens appeared in Alternative Press magazine issue No. 227.2 (August 2011). The band was also highlighted in the Vans Warped Tour Official Program.

Understanding What We've Grown to Be was finished and given a September 13, 2011, release date. iTunes released a deluxe version of the record which contained seven live tracks from To Plant a Seed in Sydney, Australia. On June 22, 2011, the first single, entitled "Mis//Understanding" was released via Equal Vision Records through YouTube.[24] On June 23, 2011 the title track to the album, "Understanding What We've Grown to Be" was also released via YouTube.[25] Both of these songs were bundled into a pre-order for sale on iTunes which was released on July 5, 2011.[26] On July 14, 2011, cover art for Understanding What We've Grown to Be was released via puzzle on the band's homepage.[27]

According to the band, "musically and lyrically, Understanding What We've Grown to Be holds a much darker tone than their previous release, To Plant a Seed. While still maintaining the band’s overall theme of positivity and brotherhood, the new material takes on a more straightforward approach to life’s struggles and the challenges of growing up."[28] On August 24, 2011, Equal Vision Records via YouTube released the third single entitled "What I Wished I Never Had".[25] On August 28, 2011, Understanding What We've Grown to Be was leaked unofficially by an unknown source. Understanding What We've Grown to Be was officially released on September 16, 2011 by Nuclear Blast throughout Europe. According to an Outerloop Management source, as of September 21, 2011, Understanding What We've Grown to Be reached No. 20 on Billboard Top 200, No. 7 on Independent Current Albums (Indie Chart), No. 5 on Top Hard Music Albums, No. 10 on Top Current Rock Albums, and No. 16 on Overall Digital Albums.[29] According to the same Outerloop Management source, as of September 28, 2011, Understanding What We've Grown to Be stayed in the Billboard Top 200 at No. 103. On October 16, 2011, We Came as Romans came in at No. 43 on Independent Albums and No. 22 on Hard Rock Albums on Billboard Top 200. "Mis//Understanding" was officially released, exclusively by ArtistDirect.com as the album's first music video on November 11, 2011.[30] It was released via iTunes on November 22, 2011. It is the first of a three part series of music videos for songs off of the band’s recently released album, Understanding What We've Grown to Be. The videos were filmed in Brooklyn, NY in September, with director Travis Kopach (AFI, 3OH!3, Panic! At The Disco).[31] The second video, "Just Keep Breathing" was released on December 16, 2011 via Livestream.com; and was released via iTunes on July 17, 2012. The third video, "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" was released February 2, 2012 via VeVo; and was released via iTunes on January 31, 2012. According to the band's Facebook post on February 2, 2012, "The three videos we shot portray a person lost, confused and struggling to find purpose in life. He sees himself at his darkest in the first video, trying endlessly to find his way out. After going through a traumatic experience, he finds his way out and his eyes begin to open to a new journey of finding out what really makes him feel alive. Through this journey the man traces back to his childhood house, where it all began. Overwhelming feelings wash over him as he remembers the feeling he once had long ago. Now, with a sense of purpose, he embarks back into the world to take the path he should have taken long ago".

Tour activity (September 2011 – December 2012) and "Hope" single[edit]

We Came as Romans headlined the United States and Canada, Merchnow.com + Arkaik Clothing "I'm Alive" Tour (September - October 2011) with support from Miss May I, Of Mice & Men, Texas in July, and Close to Home to support the release of Understanding What We've Grown to Be.[28] We Came as Romans then headlined the Merchnow.com and EveryConcertEver.com "Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer" Tour (November - December 2011) with support from Falling In Reverse, Sleeping with Sirens, Attila, and For All I Am. On November 10, 2011, it was confirmed that Falling in Reverse dropped from this tour, and Emmure was added as direct support.[32] We Came as Romans played the Third String Productions’ annual Christmas show "Unsilent Night 4 Music Festival", presented by ZH Entertainment, The Prophet Bar, and Prekindle on December 10, 2011 at Centennial Hall (Fair Park) in Dallas, Texas.[33] We Came as Romans played Irving Plaza in New York City on December 11, 2011, and officially closed out their 2011 tour schedule headlining the MerchConnectionInc.com "December to Remember" Festival at the City National Grove of Anaheim, California on December 18, 2011 with support from Of Mice & Men, Winds of Plague, Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, As Blood Runs Black, For the Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, Like Moths To Flames, In the Midst of Lions, At The Skylines, and The Great Commission.[34]

To begin 2012, We Came as Romans co-headlined the Macbeth Footwear and Keep a Breast "European Tour" (January - February) with Alesana and special guest support from Iwrestledabearonce and Glamour of the Kill.[35] We Came as Romans played the "Scream Out Fest" (February 17–19, 2012) in Tokyo, Japan. During this time, We Came as Romans appeared on the cover of issue No. 285.2 (April 2012) of Alternative Press magazine. On March 5, 2012, We Came as Romans announced a free show to 500 local fans on March 7 at The Crowfoot in Pontiac, Michigan; and then headlined the Keep A Breast in conjunction with MerchNow.com's "The Fire and Ice Tour" (March - April 2012) with support from Emmure, Blessthefall, Woe, Is Me, and The Color Morale, which included headlining the South By So What? Festival on March 17, 2012 at QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas; the "Houston We Have A Problem Festival" on March 18, 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Theatre in Houston, Texas; and day 1 of the Go Ahead Booking and Alternative Press' 2012 Jamboree Music Festival 3 at the Omni in Toledo, Ohio, on April 14, 2012. We Came as Romans participated in the Pulp Summer Slam 12 with Darkest Hour, Periphery, August Burns Red, Blessthefall, and Arch Enemy, on April 28, 2012 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, Philippines.[36] We Came as Romans played day 1 and day 2's surprise of the annual Bamboozle Festival at Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 18–19, 2012.

We Came as Romans was scheduled to support Underoath on their "South American Tour 2012" (May 2012) with additional support from Protest The Hero and Close Your Eyes, however, this tour was cancelled. We Came as Romans headlined a free show at Santos Party House in New York City on May 22, 2012 with support from Like Moths to Flames and Texas in July which was broadcast in real time on LiveStream.com. They also headlined a show on June 21, 2012 at Peabody's in Cleveland, Ohio; and then played Rockapalooza on June 23, 2012 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Michigan, alongside Woe, Is Me, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The band also played two dates supporting the mall skate-demo enthused "Zumiez Couch Tour" on June 24 in Chicago, Illinois and June 26 at The Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Set Your Goals; and also headlined Summerfest Rock Stage at Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 27, 2012.[37]

We Came as Romans live in Cologne (2012)

On April 18, 2012, We Came as Romans was announced as part of, and played the "Scream It Like You Mean It 2012" tour (July–August 2012) alongside headliner Attack Attack! with The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Like Moths to Flames, Close to Home, Impending Doom, Woe, Is Me, Abandon All Ships, Secrets, Volumes, For All Those Sleeping, The Chariot, Glass Cloud, At The Skylines, Texas in July, In Fear and Faith, and Hands Like Houses. We Came as Romans then headlined a short Canadian trek (September 11–16, 2012) with support from Abandon All Ships, Skip The Foreplay, and Ice Nine Kills. We Came as Romans also supported Falling In Reverse at the Snickers presents Six Flags New Jersey FestEvil FrightFest on September 29, 2012 with Norma Jean, Texas in July, Born of Osiris, I, The Breather, My Ticket Home, Palisades, Visions, Horizons, I Am King, First of the Fallen, and Dream for Tomorrow. On June 6, 2012, We Came as Romans were announced as the headliner for the Impericon "Never Say Die Tour 2012" (October 12 – November 3, 2012) European trek with support from Blessthefall, Stick To Your Guns, For the Fallen Dreams, Obey The Brave, At The Skylines, The Browning, and At Dawn We Rage. We Came as Romans extended their stay in Europe and played Russia (November 4–5, 2012); and closed out the year as a special guest on the "Latin American Tour 2012" (early December 2012) with headliner August Burns Red.[38]

On September 9, 2012 the band announced that they might release some "new music" by the end of the year.[39] On September 13, 2012, We Came as Romans announced that their cover of "Glad You Came" by The Wanted would be included on the Punk Goes Pop Volume 5 compilation, and was released November 6, 2012. On November 13, 2012, We Came as Romans released their music video for "Glad You Came" by The Wanted via FuseTV. Guitarist Joshua Moore told FuseTV about the video, "We've always done really serious music videos, normally with storylines and a bunch of production, but for a while now we really just wanted to do a fun video. Just us hanging out and being ourselves, just being the normal guys that sometimes people seem to forget musicians are. So we had a ton of fun filming ['Glad You Came'] with our friend Justyn [Moro, the director], and we hope you enjoy viewing it as much as we enjoyed making it!"[40] On December 4, 2012, iTunes released a pre-order for the Take Action, Volume 11 compilation, which includes a new We Came as Romans track entitled "Fair-Weather", released on compact disc initially on January 8; and digitally via iTunes January 9, 2013. On December 12, 2012 Equal Vision announced that a new We Came as Romans song entitled "Let These Words Last Forever" would be released on December 18, 2012. A teaser of the track was posted on the label's YouTube page. This single was released via iTunes as scheduled and is featured on the deluxe re-release of Understanding What We've Grown To Be along with two additional songs entitled "Hope" and "The King of Silence", which was released on January 8, 2013. All three additional tracks were produced and mixed by John Feldmann. "Hope" was released exclusively via MTV Buzzworthy on January 4, 2013 for live streaming.[41] On January 26, 2013 the band announced that a music video for "Hope" would premiere January 31. This video was filmed in New Hampshire during December 20–21, 2012 and directed by Dan Kennedy and Rasa Acharya. We Came as Romans single, "Hope" was featured as part of Equal Vision Records' New Sounds 2013, Vol. 2 - EP compilation via iTunes on April 9, 2013; as well as the 2013 Warped Tour Compilation, available June 4, 2013 via iTunes. On March 13, 2013 "Hope" was announced as a feature on ESPN's College Lacrosse Programming.

Tracing Back Roots (2013–current)[edit]

During an on-air interview with Jay Hudson of 89X Radio, Joshua Moore stated that they would begin recording their new album with producer John Feldmann in March 2013. According to guitarist Joshua Moore, the band entered the studio on March 13, 2013 and would record the new record for the next seven weeks. Vocalist Dave Stephens announced via Twitter that he would be singing more on this record than the band's previous releases; and also announced on April 23, 2013 that recording had wrapped up. On May 20, 2013, the band, Equal Vision Records and Outerloop Management revealed via online studio updates and social media networks album cover artwork, track listing, and that the band's third full-length album, entitled Tracing Back Roots was scheduled for a July 23, 2013 release. The title track, "Tracing Back Roots" is the first single following "Hope", and was released June 11, 2013 via iTunes. An official lyric video was released by Equal Vision Records for this track the same day and was directed by DJay Brawner of Anthem Films. On June 28, 2013 the band announced that the second single on Tracing Back Roots is entitled "Fade Away" and was released on July 3, 2013 via YouTube and July 9, 2013 via iTunes. "Tracing Back Roots" was featured on the Equal Vision Records 2013 Summer Sampler, released via iTunes on July 2, 2013. On July 10, 2013, Hot Topic officially released "Ghosts" from the band's upcoming album on their Facebook site with a link to Equal Vision Records' SoundCloud. On July 12, 2013, Alternative Press premiered "Never Let Me Go" from the band's upcoming album through their official web site. The band was filmed in New York for an upcoming music video on their Van's Warped Tour 2013 off-date, July 15, 2013. The song "Fade Away" and production crew, for which the music video has been made was released on August 29. 2013; and premiered on September 3, 2013 via Equal Vision Records' YouTube web site. On July 16, 2013 the band released "I Survive" featuring Aaron Gillespie (formerly of Underoath) from their upcoming album via MTV Buzzworthy and Front Magazine In The UK. On July 18, 2013, the band streamed Tracing Back Roots in its entirety via Pandora Premieres (US) and Rock Sound (UK). Tracing Back Roots received a 4/5 review from Detroit's "The Sun" newspaper on July 19, 2013; which also marked their milestone of eight years as a band. Tracing Back Roots was officially released via iTunes and other outlets on July 23, 2013 as scheduled. A Target exclusive edition of Tracing Back Roots featured two extra tracks, entitled "One Face" and "Recklessness". This album reached #2 in daily sales via iTunes on its release date. MerchNow's release included a DVD entitled "Endless Roads" that was filmed by DJay Brawner. On July 31, 2013, this album debuted at #8 on Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Hard Rock chart.[42] A special 30 minute acoustic show entitled "Tracing Back Roots Release Celebration" was scheduled for September 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM CDT via StageIt.com; however it was postponed until October 14, 2013 due to technical difficulties. On September 26, 2013 the band was filmed for their upcoming music video in Los Angeles, CA with Dan Dobi of Please Subscribe Film. On December 16, 2013, the band announced this video was for "Never Let Me Go"; and that it would be released on December 18, 2013 via Fuse.com. Kerrang! released an exclusive video of "Tracing Back Roots" filmed during Van's Warped Tour 2013 via their website on November 14, 2013.[43] This was filmed by the band's crew; but most notably by Joel Pilotte, a Freelance Photographer from Southern Ontario, Canada. On November 26, 2013, Ibanez announced that guitarist Joshua Moore had become a sponsored artist. Moore currently uses Ibanez FR and ARZ guitar models. In response to this announcement, Moore stated "I'm stoked to finally announce that I'm an exclusive Ibanez artist! I was elated to hear that the interest I had in playing their guitars was met with the same interest to work with me. For the first time, since [We Came as Romans] began over eight years ago, I'm playing guitars that I truly want to play and believe that the company who made them truly will support me."[44] The band was featured in ZioGiorgio.com recognizing that "the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console has long been an important part of [the band's] arsenal. [This equipment allows] the band to control their own monitor [and in-ear mixes]."[45] On December 27, 2013, We Came as Romans were presented Billboard plaques via Equal Vision Records for Tracing Back Roots' August 10, 2013 placement on Billboard's charts: #1 on Independent Albums, #1 on Internet Albums, #1 on Hard Rock Albums, #2 on Top Rock Albums, and #8 on Top 200 Albums.[46] On January 27, 2014, the band released a music video for "Ghosts" directed by Carlo Oppermann of ambitious.films via Nuclear Blast on Kerrang.com.[47]

Tour activity (2013)[edit]

On November 9, 2012, We Came as Romans announced their opening tour of 2013 as direct support to The Used on the "Take Action Tour" (January - March 2013) with Crown The Empire and Mindflow. This tour benefitted the "It Gets Better Project",[48] that "provides hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other bullied teens by letting them know that it gets better", and raised over $95,000 for the project as well as The Living The Dream Foundation charities.[49] We Came as Romans also performed 11 off-dates during this tour with support from Crown the Empire. We Came as Romans announced on January 26, 2013 that they will perform on the main stage of the entire Van's Warped Tour 2013 (June - August 2013). On March 23, 2013, the band announced they would headline "The Road to Warped Tour" tour (June 9–25, 2013) with support from Like Moths to Flames, Upon a Burning Body, Crown the Empire, Set It Off, and Ice Nine Kills; the tour started in Madison, WI and ended in Flagstaff, AZ. David Stephens provided full vocals for two dates on Attack Attack!'s final "Back In Action Tour", May 3 at the Shelter in Detroit, MI and May 4 at The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI. David Stephens also provided guest vocals with Crown The Empire during "Children of Love" at the Six Flags New Jersey Skate and Surf Festival on May 18, 2013. On June 23, 2013, David Stephens provided guest vocals for Goldfinger on their track "Close Your Eyes" at Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA during Van's Warped Tour 2013. David Stephens also provided guest vocals for Texas In July during the song "C4" starting July 26, 2013 in Tampa, FL and announced that he would be for the remainder of Van's Warped Tour 2013. The band also performed "Fade Away," "Never Let Me Go," Hope," and "A Moment" acoustically on several Van's Warped Tour 2013 dates. We Came as Romans provided direct support to All Time Low, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Anberlin at the "Bazooka Rocks" indoor music festival at SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines on August 25, 2013. We Came as Romans headlined the Tillys and MerchNow in association with Alternative Press and Secret Artist sponsored "Tracing Back Roots Tour" (October - November 2013) with support from Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale, and Dangerkids; which also included a signing tour in select cities not part of the concert tour. On October 25, 2013, the band submitted limited edition photographs in a silent auction entitled "The Art of War: A Photo Show & Silent Auction in Loving Memory of Paul Gourlie." Gourlie was a long-time booking agent at The Agency Group in Toronto, who passed away May 10, 2013 from cystic fibrosis. We Came As Romans also filmed their entire set on November 2, 2013 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois for a possible upcoming DVD release. The band provided direct support to Parkway Drive on the Avocado Booking Presents Vans "Off The Wall" Music Night Tour (November 2013) with additional support from Memphis May Fire and Like Moths To Flames. On November 16, 2013, the band was part of Van's Warped Tour 2013 United Kingdom.[50][51] To close out the year, the band played Van's Warped Tour 2013 Australia (November - December 2013). The band was a featured guest of Camp Quality for this tour's signing appearances. Camp Quality's purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Originally, We Came as Romans were scheduled to headline "Live in Singapore" with special guest Crown the Empire on December 11, 2013 at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Singapore; however this date was cancelled.

Tour activity (2014)[edit]

To open 2014, We Came as Romans headlined the final Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (and other products)-sponsored Vans Warped Tour "Battle of the Bands" showcase on January 17, 2014 at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California and attended the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2014 in Anaheim, California on January 23–26, 2014. The band is scheduled for the United Kingdom Rock Sound Impericon "Exposure Tour" (February - March 2014); as well as a direct support slot to Bring Me The Horizon at The Crofoot & AEG Live's "High Velocity Super Action Fun Time Megafest" at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on February 21, 2014 with additional support from Of Mice & Men, Attila, Issues, Northlane, and Wilson. The band is scheduled for a Russian headliner (March 4–6, 2014) with direct support from The Color Morale; as well as the "Never Say Never Fest" on March 12, 2014 at the Las Palmas Race Park in Mission, Texas. On November 23, 2013, the band was confirmed for Third String Productions' 10th Anniversary "South By So What?!" festival (March 14–16, 2014) at Quiktrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. On December 4, 2013, the band was announced as support to Iron Maiden, In Flames, Dropkick Murphys, and Bring Me The Horizon at the "Greenfield Festival" in Interlaken, Switzerland from June 12–14, 2014. The band is also scheduled to take part in the following festivals: "Hellfest 2014" on June 20, 2014 in Clisson, France supporting Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, and Megadeth; the "Graspop Metal Meeting 2014" on June 27, 2014 in Dessel, Belgium supporting Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me the Horizon, Alter Bridge, Opeth, Blessthefall, and Hatebreed; and the "With Full Force Festival XXI" on July 4, 2013 in Löbnitz, Germany supporting Motörhead, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Bring Me the Horizon, Amon Amarth, Volbeat, and Behemoth. On December 17, 2013, We Came as Romans were announced as support to Asking Alexandria on the "Break Down The Walls" tour of North America (March - April 2014) with other support from August Burns Red, Crown the Empire, and Born of Osiris. The band is also scheduled for a special Live-X performance via 89X at CJ's Brewing Company is Plymouth Township, Michigan on February 21, 2014.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Year Album Label Chart peaks[46][52]
US US Indie AUS
2009 To Plant a Seed Equal Vision 175 25
2011 Understanding What We've Grown to Be 21 7 72[53]
2013 Tracing Back Roots 8 1
EPs
  • Dreams (self-released, December 2008)
  • Demonstrations (self-released, 2008)
Singles
  • "To Plant A Seed" (2009)
  • "Roads That Don't End And Views That Never Cease" (2009)
  • "To Move On Is To Grow" (2010)
  • "Mis//Understanding" (2011)
  • "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" (2011)
  • "Just Keep Breathing" (2011)
  • "What I Wished I Never Had" (2011)
  • "A War Inside" (2011)
  • "Let These Words Last Forever" (2012)
  • "Fair-weather" (2013)
  • "Hope" (2013)
  • "Tracing Back Roots" (2013)
  • "Fade Away" (2013)
  • "Never Let Me Go" (2013)
  • "Ghosts" (2014)
Deluxe CDs
  • "To Plant A Seed (Deluxe Edition)" (2011) (Added song: "To Move On Is To Grow")
  • "Understanding What We've Grown To Be (Deluxe Edition)" (2013) (Added songs: "Hope", "The King of Silence", and "Let These Words Last Forever")

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director
2009 "Roads That Don't End and Views That Never Cease" To Plant A Seed Aaron Marsh &
Austin Saya
"Broken Statues"
2010 "To Plant A Seed" Scott Hansen
"To Move On Is To Grow" Dan Dobi
2011 "Mis//Understanding (Live from Warped Tour)" Understanding What
We've Grown To Be
Cole Dabney
"Mis//Understanding" Travis Kopach
"Just Keep Breathing"
2012 "What I Wished I Never Had" Cole Dabney
"Understanding What We've Grown To Be" Travis Kopach
"A War Inside" Cole Dabney
"Glad You Came" (The Wanted cover) Punk Goes Pop 5 Justyn Moro
2013 "Hope" Tracing Back Roots Dan Kennedy &
Rasa Acharya
"Fade Away"
"Tracing Back Roots (Live from Warped Tour)" Joel Pilotte
"Never Let Me Go" Dan Dobi
2014 "Ghosts" Carlo Oppermann

Awards[edit]

On August 26, 2013, the band's video for "A War Inside" directed by Cole Dabney won the 2013 Music Video Directors Association's Award for "Best Live Performance/Tour Video."[1]

Side projects[edit]

Vocalist Kyle Pavone began performing dubstep and dance styles of music under the moniker Titus in 2011; in which he performed at several after-parties during the Motel 6 "Rock Yourself to Sleep" Tour (January and February 2011), which included the Outerloop Presents Amped and Alive "Ice Jam" festival on January 30, 2011 at Sonar. He has since changed the name to Secoya and released his first album entitled World Champ EP, in conjunction with his first live performance at "THE WORLD CHAMPS" event on May 31, 2013 in Detroit, MI. Secoya also co-released the track "Vienna" with West Coast band At Dawn We Rage via iTunes on May 22, 2013. On July 8, 2013 Kyle Pavone announced that the second album entitled Run EP would be released soon. Pavone stated it includes a single and two mixes of the track. The Run single was officially released via SoundCloud on September 3, 2013. Secoya performed with DVL at "THE WORLD CHAMPS RETURN" event on September 20, 2013 at Bleu Detroit in Detroit, MI. On November 9, 2013, Pavone announced that the newest untitled EP was complete via Secoya's Facebook page. On January 5, 2014, Pavone announced that the first single off the EP, entitled "Hospital," would be "coming soon." Secoya played Grasshopper Underground in Ferndale, Michigan on February 16, 2014.

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