Featuring Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and The Color Morale
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AUGUST 9TH
LISTEN TO NEW SONG ‘HOSTAGE’ HERE: youtu.be/CiXrpsPPtMo
PRE-ORDERS FOR COLLAPSE AVAILABLE NOW: dangerkids.merchnow.com
Dayton, OH – August 6, 2013- Dangerkids, the American rock band who recently announced their new album, Collapse, is pleased to announce their upcoming US Tour with We Came As Romans. The tour kicks off October 2nd, 2013 in Grand Rapids and will wrap November 3rd in Detroit. Full list of dates are listed below. For more information, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/wearedangerkids.
Dangerkids, which is comprised of Tyler Smyth, Andy Bane, Jake Bryant, Jake Bonham, and Katie Cole, will be releasing their new album, Collapse, via Rise Records on September 17th, 2013. The band has also premiered a lyric video for their first single, “Hostage” on the Rise Records YouTube page. To hear the new track and view pre-order bundles, please visit: dangerkids.merchnow.com.
Having only formed in April 2012, the Ohio based rockers were named one of Under The Gun’s Top 5 Artists To Watch in 2013 – “Their slick, high-gloss approach to marketing and music production sets a new standard for independent artists.” Dangerkids have toured under Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack and played the 2013 Skate and Surf festival in Jackson, NJ.
The album, which was self-produced and engineered by frontman Tyler Smyth, was mixed by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men, Miss May I). When asked about creating Collapse, Smyth stated, “Producing and recording the album ourselves allowed us the rare opportunity to draw our own lines, both lyrically and sonically. We were able to create a level of sincerity in our music that we might not have been able to achieve otherwise. Everyone in this band gave a piece of themselves to make this record happen, so we felt we owed it to each other to give nothing less than our best.”
The record also recalls some of Smyth’s more difficult times. “Collapse is a somewhat unstable album because it comes from such an unstable time in my life. It’s heartfelt and genuine in a way I can’t explain – It’s like it hurts and heals at the same time.”
Dangerkids will release Collapse via Rise Records on September 17th.
October 02 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
October 03 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
October 04 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
October 05 Ogden Theater Denver, CO
October 06 Murray Theater Murray, UT
October 07 Hard Rock Live Las Vegas, NV
October 09 Senator Theater Chico, CA
October 10 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
October 11 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA
October 12 Soma San Diego, CA
October 13 The Nile Theater Mesa, AZ
October 15 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 16 Far West Event Center Odessa, TX
October 17 Emo’s Austin, TX
October 18 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
October 19 House Of Blues Houston, TX
October 20 House Of Blues New Orleans, LA
October 22 House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 23 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 24 Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
October 25 Lincoln Theater Raleigh, NC
October 27 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
October 29 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
October 30 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
October 31 Irving Plaza New York, NY
November 01 The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
November 02 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
November 03 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
2. light escapes
4. we’re all in danger
5. waking up
6. destroy yourself
8. where the sky breaks
9. paper thin
12. cut me out
FOR ALL THINGS DANGERKIDS:
TRACING BACK ROOTS OUT NOW
Aug 06 – We Came As Romans announces The Tracing Back Roots Tour, presented by Tilly’s and MerchNOW and in association with Alternative Press and Secret Artist. The full US-headline tour kicks off on October 2 in Grand Rapids, MI and wraps up in the band’s hometown of Detroit, MI on November 3. The tour will also feature special guests: Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, the Color Morale, and Dangerkids.
We Came As Romans is touring in support of their new full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, which was released on July 23 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart and No. 2 on the Independent Albums Chart. “We are so excited to have had such a great debut for our third record,” expresses guitarist/lyricist Joshua Moore. “Making it to the top ten is an amazing accomplishment and we are forever grateful to our fans for supporting us and getting us there!”
Tracing Back Roots has already 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] – a dream come true for the band, whose average age is just 23 years old. We Came As Romans is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass].
Before the start of The Tracing Back Roots Tour, We Came As Romans will first head overseas for a run of shows in Europe and the Philippines. Immediately after their US headliner, the band will return overseas for the UK/Europe Vans Warped Tour and dates with Parkway Drive before wrapping up the year with Vans Warped Tour Australia.
Tracing Back Roots is available worldwide through 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. Pre-sale tickets for the US headline tour dates are available now at wecameasromans.com. All upcoming tour dates can be seen below.
We Came As Romans
Aug 14 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
Aug 15 Dinkelsbühl, Germany @ Summer Breeze
Aug 16 Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Aug 17 Grosspösna, Germany @ Highfield Fest
Aug 18 Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands
Aug 20 Köln, Germany @ Underground
Aug 21 Übersee am Chiemsee, Germany @ Chiemsee Rocks
Aug 25 Manilla, Philippines @ Bazooka Rocks Festival
We Came As Romans w/Silverstein, the Color Morale,
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and Dangerkids
Oct 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Oct 03 St. Louis, MO @The Pageant
Oct 04 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Oct 05 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 06 Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 07 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
Oct 09 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Oct 10 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Oct 11 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Oct 12 San Diego, CA @ Soma
Oct 13 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre
Oct 15 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 16 Odessa, TX @ Far West Event Center
Oct 17 Austin, TX @ Emos
Oct 18 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 19 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 20 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Oct 22 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Oct 23 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Oct 24 Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
Oct 25 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
Oct 26 Douglasville, GA @ BBQ Fest – The 7 Venue
Oct 27 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Oct 29 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 30 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
Oct 31 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 01 Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
Nov 02 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov 03 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
We Came As Romans w/Vans Warped Tour and
Parkway Drive w/We Came As Romans
Nov 07 Würzburg, Germany @ Posthalle
Nov 08 Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
Nov 09 Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Arena +
Nov 10 Holland, Netherlands @ Eindhoven Klokgebouw +
Nov 11 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
Nov 12 Stockholm, Sweden @ Tyrol
Nov 13 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 14 Dusseldorf, Germany @ Stahlwerk
Nov 15 Antwerp, Belgium @ De Waagnatie
Nov 16 London, United Kingdom @ Alexandra Palace +
Nov 17 Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 18 Bordeaux, France @ Rockschool Barbey
Nov 19 Madrid, Spain @ Penelope
Nov 20 Montpellier, France @ Rockstore
Nov 21 Milan, Italy @ Generali
Nov 22 Lindau, Germany @ Inselhalle
Nov 23 Berne, Switzerland @ Festhalle +
Nov 24 Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle +
+ Vans Warped Tour festival date
We Came As Romans w/Vans Warped Tour Australia
Nov 29 Brisbane, Australia @ RNA Showgrounds
Nov 30 Coffs Harbour, Australia @ Coffs Harbour Showgrounds
Dec 01 Sydney, Australia @ Barangaroo
Dec 06 Canberra, Australia @ Exhibition Park
Dec 07 Melbourne, Australia @ TBA
Dec 08 Adelaide, Australia @ TBA
We Came As Romans now find themselves spending their second summer travelling across the country on the 19th edition of the Vans Warped Tour. Performing on the Main Stage this time around, it is obvious the passion and enthusiasm has increased for both the band and their many fans. On the verge of unleashing their third full length studio album Tracing Back Roots, we caught up with guitarist Joshua Moore at the San Diego date of Warped. In this interview, we discuss a few songs from the forthcoming record, what it was like working with Aaron Gillespie from The Almost on one of the tracks, their rousing cover of Glad You Came by The Wanted, and many other topics of interest. Read on as we now join Joshua Moore of We Came As Romans in the Press Area at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion in San Diego…
Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in We Came As Romans.
My name is Joshua – I play guitar as well as write the lyrics for We Came As Romans.
How has Warped Tour been going and what have been some of the highlights so far?
It’s been really good. It is only day three. We had some routing dates up to Warped Tour, so we’ve been gone for about two weeks total so far. And it’s been great – it’s a better three days than I can ask for. We’re on Main Stage this year, so it’s automatically just awesome –and just being able to reconnect with our friends that are also on the tour has been awesome for us as well.
No heat – yet!
Thankfully the temperature for all three days has been really, really manageable.
Tell me about the song Hope that’s on the Warped Tour compilation and what inspired the lyrics.
We were looking for a producer to do our next CD with at this point – this was in the Fall of last year. We went in with John Feldman – who is actually in L.A. – and we were like, “Okay, we’ve got four days here. Let’s write a song and see how it goes.” And we all kind of sat down in a room – the band and John – and John was like, “Alright, tell me what you’re about.” And we told him what we’re about as a band, and he’s like, “Alright, let’s figure out what we want to write a song about.” We knew it would be the next single and so it was really important to have something really meaningful. We chose Hope as a unifying anthem for our fans to really realize how much of a positive effect they can have on the world – if we stand up together for something. And so far, it’s done exactly that. It’s been really unifying for our fans – they love it when we play it live, so that’s always good too. You never wanna disappoint your fans at a live show, and they’ve been really stoked about it so far.
Is there any story behind your title of the upcoming CD Tracing Back Roots?
The first song is also called that – the title track. We just released that very recently. The first song on every CD kind of describes my relationship with the band and how we are as a band. On To Plant A Seed, the title track on that was about how we started and how we made it to getting signed and starting to tour and everything – it was this really young perspective on being in a band. And then Mis/Understanding off our last CD was more about the dark side of touring and trying to figure out how to deal with the bad things that happen in life – mostly on the road for us. We were crazy on tour all the time – and there were some moments of doubting whether we should be on the road or be in a band or anything. And then Tracing Back Roots now – the song really encompasses a summary of the history so far – the whole reason that we’re on the road and the thing that keeps us going is our fans. The support from the fans and the impact that we’ve made on fans lives. So with the whole CD being we’re Tracing Back Roots – it’s about remembering the young outlook on everything of To Plant A Seed – having that youthful energy and eagerness to be positive but taking what we learned with our second CD with Mis/Understanding – with all the negativity and how to deal with that and how to turn it into something positive. And so with the new CD, it’s kind of holding both together – kind of tracing back along the lines of where we originally started and incorporating that into one CD.
I actually have your EP Dreams that I bought from you guys at the Cobalt Café several years ago…
Oh geez, that was a long time ago! I think we were on tour with A Plea For Purging the first time we played there.
That was an interesting bill, wasn’t it?
Interesting is one word to describe it… (Laughter)
Back to the present. What was it like working with Aaron from The Almost on the song I Survive and how did he involve with it?
He’s a musician that everyone in my band has looked up to since day one – someone that we’ve all aspired to try and be like. Someone’s whose footsteps musically and everything else we wanted to follow in. So when it came time to talk about getting a guest vocalist on our CD – he’s a name we brought up for the first CD and the second CD and this CD – it’s always been like a dream for the band. And so we sent him the track, and he was really, really stoked on it. He ended up flying into LA and recording it with John and it was like a dream come true. It was awesome!
What made you decide to cover Glad You Came and has anyone from The Wanted heard or commented on it yet?
That’s funny actually – for anyone reading – my girlfriend is actually standing like 8 feet behind me right now – and we were driving down the road – and Pop Goes Punk was like “hey, do you want to do a song?” And we were like, “sure, okay.” And we hadn’t picked one yet. And we were driving down the road – me and my girlfriend were going to dinner and that song came on the radio. And she said, “You guys should do this song!” And I was like, “That’s a good idea!” So I brought it up to management and the band and they were like “Cool!” So we arranged it and did it – and I don’t know if it was the actual band or maybe it was their management or whoever runs their Twitter – they actually tweeted out the video that we shot for it – so they definitely saw it. So that was really cool when it happened.
What could we expect from a live We Came As Romans show today?
We’ve always just tried to strive for having really high energy onstage – always no matter what. You know, however much you put into it onstage is how much you’re going to get back from your fans. No one is really going to enjoy it if you’re just standing around not doing much. But if you’re getting really into it, chances are they are going to see that, and be really into it as well. So we always try to bring as much energy as we have to the stage.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to play with Underoath. And they unfortunately recently broke up. But like I said, Aaron was always a musician that we looked up to, and Underoath was a band that our band as a whole always looked up to. Unfortunately we never got the chance to play with them, but that would be a dream come true one day.
Do you have any messages for We Came As Romans fans who are reading this?
We have a new CD coming out July 23rd – all the pre-orders are on wecameasromans.com – if they want to check it out. Tell a friend! Tracing Back Roots the song is even out now on ITunes and YouTube and everything, so check that out as well. And if you like it or you like us as a band in general, you could come see us on Warped Tour. We’ll be here all summer…
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
June 28, 2013 by ken
Filed under Bands, Blessthefall, Ice Nine Kills, Jessarae, Memphis May Fire, Reviews, Rosedale, Show Reviews, Silverstein, Sleeping With Sirens, Warped Tour 2013, We Came As Romans
VANS WARPED TOUR 2013, Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA, June 20th, 2013
Traditionally in the State of California, the Pomona date of the Vans Warped Tour is the most brutal when it comes to weather conditions. This year, there would be double the fun, as Pomona would be a two-day E-ticket adventure for all Southland fans. And although it was a heated affair, the temperature barely hit 90 on either afternoon, making for two of the most wildly enjoyable shows ever at this notoriously too hot for comfort stop. One week later, a heat wave would hit the Southland sending the mercury soaring well into the 100’s, so timing was definitely everything this year! With so many choices, it was wonderful to have two full on days to seek out old favorites as well as discover new talent. Here are some of the bands that played on the first stop of Pomona Warped…
Have you ever checked out the parking lot bands who perform every year be on each date of the Warped Tour - right before the doors open? One band following Warped across the country is Rosedale from Ontario, Canada. A three piece band that literally set up a stage in front of a massive line in the parking lot, Rosedale launched into a dynamic selection of pop punks tunes. Six foot nine front man Mike Liorti possesses a good deal of talent and charisma, and the passion he exuded with songs such as Eldorado Park and Speechless really had the crowd paying a good deal of attention. Their cover of Take On Me by A-ha was absolutely inspired, as Rosedale presented their own enthusiastic take on the classic song. Don’t be surprised to see them playing on the inside of Warped for the entire tour in future years. And as I type this, Rosedale did indeed play the Spotify stage in New Mexico a few days after our Pomona encounter. Proof that hard work and perseverance pays off big time at Warped!
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
Right here is proof positive that an early arrival at the Vans Warped Tour is a must – otherwise you’ll miss explosive sets such as the one Memphis May Fire unleashed on the Kia Soul Stage at 12:15 in the afternoon! The Dallas-based band has come a long way since their humble beginning, now playing a main stage and drawing a huge and wildly appreciated crowd. Front man Matty Mullins describes himself as a “Voice Of A Generation,” and there is little doubt that many in the audience took heed to this wondrously passionate performer and the combustible tunes Memphis May Fire blasted out into the Pomona Warped crowd.
Opening with the fiery Alive In The Lights, Memphis May Fire packed their set with powerful hardcore anthems, including Vices, Jezebel, and Legacy. Months of solid touring has rendered Memphis May Fire a mighty force of nature, and they remain one of the most vibrant collectives on the scene today. Their live performance at Warped are highly charged, gloriously impassioned, and not to be missed!
Over a decade in existence and Silverstein still delivers powerhouse performances that will pierce through the soul. Now on their fifth Warped Tour of duty, this post hardcore band from Ontario, Canada remains a top draw – and really had the Pomona crowd paying a good deal of attention. The older favorites such as My Heroine and Smile In Your Sleep sent the entire audience into a state of rapturous euphoria. New songs such as Sacrifice and On Brave Mountains We Conquer also received a thunderous reply, showing a band at the very height of their creative prowess. Shane Told is as explosive as ever, delivering the lyrics with a towering sense of conviction. Infusing new blood into the proceedings is Paul Marc Rousseau, whose guitar leads sent the material into the stratosphere. Other impressive performances were delivered by longtime Silverstein members Josh Bradford on rhythm guitar, Billy Hamilton on bass, and Paul Koehler on drums. Silverstein’s latest magnum opus is entitled This Is How The Wind Shifts, now available from Hopeless Records!
WE CAME AS ROMANS
Another band who has been seeing a euphoric response from fans over the past few years is We Came As Roman, now making their second full run in the Vans Warped Tour. Based out of the legendary Detroit music scene, We Came As Romans arrived at the Kia Soul Stage ready to devastate the senses of each and every Warped Tour attendee. The dual vocal assault force of Dave Stephens and Kyle Pavone is wondrous to behold, the pair unleashing the introspective lyrics with a stunning amount of urgency. Songs such as To Move On Is To Grow and Glad You Came received a thunderous response from the crowd, with many singing passionately alone with the band. Each and every member made an impact on the crowd, with credits going to Joshua Moore on guitar, Lou Cotton on guitar, Andy Glass on bass, and Eric Choi on drums. A brand spanking new album entitled Tracing Back Roots is about to be released through Equal Vision Records, so be on the lookout for that. In the meanwhile, be sure to check into a live We Came As Romans show and prepare to be thoroughly impressed by these passionate artists!
Some of the faces in Blessthefall may have changed over the years, but their penchant for delivering wildly memorable live performances and powerhouse songs remains a trademark of this band’s remarkable legacy. Tunes such as 40 Days, Bottomfeeder, and Promised Ones were thrilling to witness live, and the enthusiasm and energy unleashed from the stage was wildly contagious. Beau Bokan has developed into a remarkable front man, exuding a good amount of charisma and drive. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, Blessthefall has become one of the most engaging metalcore bands on the scene today. Dual guitarists Eric Lambert and Elliott Gruenberg launch a dynamic wall of sound that will penetrate your senses while longtime members Jared Warth (bass) and Matt Traynor make for an exhilarating rhythm section. Their fourth full-length Hollow Bodies will be delivered through Fearless Records later this summer and it’s definitely one of the season’s most hotly anticipated releases.
After being slammed over the head with four of the heaviest bands the Warped Tour Main Stages had to offer, it was time to retreat to the other side of the Pomona Fairplex to see what the local talent had to offer. Los Angeles based singer / songwriter Jessarae was performing a pair of dates in the Southland. On the Insidious Kevin Says Stage in the late afternoon, Jessarae and his band launched into a dynamic set of indie rock tunes. He’s shared the stage with acts as varied as Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, and Stevie Wonder, and on his own in the middle of Warped, Jessarae definitely garnered a good deal of attention from these seeking some cool and joyous music within the midday Pomona heat. In a world beyond Warped Tour, Jessarae will find himself playing a residency at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles. Expect to hear a lot more from this dynamic young performer in future days! Songs such as Closer and Stuck On You are should-be hits and may be heard on Jessarae’s latest album entitled Pilot!
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
Back to the chaos and madness of the main stage, as Sleeping With Sirens were ready to invade the Vans Warped Tour with their sweeping tunes. The area was packed as far as you could see, ready to witness a set by one of Rise Records’ glorious breakthrough bands. Their latest album Feel definitely signified a turn towards the mainstream, but in a live setting, Sleeping With Sirens remains as dynamic and innovative as ever. Front man Kellin Quinn possesses one of the most powerful, highly distinct voices on the scene today – and in a live setting, the charismatic singer explodes with an unbridled passion that definitely touches the soul. A Trophy Fathers Trophy Son is especially gripping, with Quinn and company delivering an extraordinarily absorbing moment at this year’s Warped Tour. Another glorious highlight arrived when Memphis May Fire’s vocalist Matty Mullins joined Sleeping With Sirens onstage, to perform an absolutely explosive rendition of the mighty Congratulations. And if that wasn’t enough to joggle your senses, a marriage proposal apparently took place while the band performed Roger Rabbit. An unforgettable show –the type that render Warped Tour a one-of-a-kind concert experience that one remembers for years to come.
ICE NINE KILLS
The Ernie Ball Stage is always the perfect place to check out new up and coming bands, and Ice Nine Kills was definitely well worth making a trek across th park. Hailing from the Boston area, the band has been gaining a rabid fan base all across the nation. Songs such as The Coffin Is Moving, Proximity Mines In The Complex and The Greatest Story Ever Told sent the mosh pits into overdrive! Front man Spencer Carnas delivered an in-your-face performance, and even went to the barrier and beyond to involve the audience in with the stunning performance at hand. Relentless touring has rendered Ice Nine Kills a remarkably tight entity, and the powerful songs emitting from the stage clearly demonstrated a band ready to break out into the big leagues as well as onto a much larger Warped stage. Ice Nine Kills’ latest EP is entitled The Predator - now available on ITunes! A sonic massacre by the likes of Ice Nine Kills was an incredible way to end the first day at Warped Tour in the wilds of Pomona, California!
(Reviews and Rosedale Photo by Kenneth Morton – Live Photos by Adam Gendler and Talia Farber)
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ANNOUNCED AS MAIN STAGE ARTIST ON 2013 VANS WARPED TOUR
May 20 – Detroit, MI’s We Came As Romans will release their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, on July 23 via Equal Vision Records.
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 over 183,000 copies combined.
In March, the band travelled to Los Angeles to record the highly anticipated follow-up album, teaming up 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.”
Lyricist/guitarist Joshua 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 new album most notably showcases vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light, with the incorporation of his clean singing for the first time ever. In addition to his signature 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 anthemic, inspiring quality of the band’s recently released single “Hope”, 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.
Moore further elaborates on the band’s musical evolution stating, “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. I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album.” A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the record can be found HERE, in the band’s fourth and final studio update.
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 will be released around the world 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. We Came As Romans is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass].
We Came As Romans charged through 2012 touring worldwide and seeing appearances on the covers of Alternative Press and Substream Music Press magazines, the front pages of the NJ Star-Ledger and Asbury Park Press newspapers, 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.
This summer, We Came As Romans will perform on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour as a Main Stage artist, with expansive stateside and international touring to follow throughout the fall and winter. All upcoming tour dates can be seen below.
TRACKLISTING – Tracking Back Roots
1. Tracing Back Roots
2. Fade Away
3. I Survive ft. Aaron Gillespie
5. Present, Future, and Past
6. Never Let Me Go
8. Tell Me Now
9. A Moment
10. I Am Free
11. Through the Darkest Dark and Brightest Bright
Road to Warped Tour
We Came As Romans w/Like Moths To Flames, Upon A Burning Body, Crown The Empire, Set It Off [select dates], and Ice Nine Kills
Jun 09 Madison, WI @ The Loft+
Jun 10 Fargo, ND @ The Venue+
Jun 11 Billings, MT @ Shrine Underground*
Jun 12 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Jun 13 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
+WCAR, LMTF, INK only
*WCAR, LMTF, INK and SIO only
2013 Vans Warped Tour – Main Stage ft. We Came As Romans
Jun 15 Seattle, WA @ White River Ampitheatre
Jun 16 Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
Jun 17 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades+
Jun 19 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun 20 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Jun 21 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Jun 22 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jun 23 Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
Jun 25 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater+
Jun 26 Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Jun 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Quail Run Park
Jun 28 Las Vegas, NV @ Silverton Casino Parking Lot
Jun 29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
Jun 30 Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Jul 02 Springfield, MO @ The Shrine Mosque+
Jul 03 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 05 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 06 Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 07 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
Jul 09 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Jul 10 Washington, D.C. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 11 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Jul 12 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 13 New York, NY @ Nassau Memorial Coliseum
Jul 14 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Jul 16 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Jul 17 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 18 Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 19 Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jul 20 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 21 Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 23 Kansas City, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 24 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – St. Louis
Jul 25 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 26 Tampa, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 27 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 28 Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 29 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 30 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 02 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 03 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Aug 04 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot
+We Came As Romans only
We Came As Romans
Aug 14 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
Aug 15 Dinkelsbühl, Germany @ Summer Breeze
Aug 16 Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Aug 17 Grosspösna, Germany @ Highfield Fest
Aug 18 Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands
Aug 20 Köln, Germany @ Underground
Aug 21 Übersee am Chiemsee, Germany @ Chiemsee Rocks
Aug 25 Manilla, Philippines @ Bazooka Rocks Festival
Line-up Announced: Headliner, The Used with We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow
The Used Announce Vulnerable II Re issue, Now Available For Pre Order Here: www.hopelessrecords.com/artists/the-used
November 9, 2012 – Celebrating its eleventh year of raising funds and awareness to non-profit organizations, Sub City (Hopeless Records’ 501c3 non-profit organization, which has raised more than two million dollars for charity), is pleased to announce the 2013 edition of the Sub City Take Action Tour Featuring The Used. This year the tour will be benefiting the It Gets Better Project, a national organization created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers going through tough times that they are not alone – and it WILL get better.
The tour will feature alt-rock headliner, The Used, with support from We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow. Kicking off at Las Vegas’ House of Blues on January 11th, the annual nationwide charity tour will circle the US through February, showcasing some of the best bands in music today while raising funds and awareness for It Gets Better and the concept that we can all help play a part in making a positive impact. Ten percent of the cost of each ticket purchased will be donated to It Gets Better and Sub City. The 2011 Take Action Tour raised nearly $50,000 to help further the mission of the non-profit, SEX, ETC., with over 19,000 fans attending the 30-stop city tour. Previous benefitting charities of the Sub City Take Action Tour also include Driving For Donors, Do Something, America’s Youth Hotline, ReachOut.com and The National Hopeline Network. To date, Sub City and the Take Action Tour have donated over 2 million dollars to over 50 non-profit organizations.
Tickets are on sale today, here: www.takeactiontour.com/2013. VIP ticket options will be available to fans, which include front of the line passes, collectable laminate and signed copy of Vulnerable II.
It Gets Better Project is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or struggling to find themselves can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge and watch videos of love and support.
“The It Gets Better Project is thrilled to collaborate with The Used and Hopeless Records on the upcoming Take Action! tour. The Used are powerful voices for young people, well known for their community involvement and outreach, and for encouraging young people to embrace their individuality.” Stephanie Laffin, Board of Directors at It Gets Better Project, stated. “We look forward to working together to share the message of the It Gets Better Project with young people across the US, and letting LGBT youth know that it can and will get better.”
Bert and Jeph from The Used have created an It Gets Better video to help support the cause. Fans can view the video HERE: http://youtu.be/N-0MtFYFs-g.
“It’s our privilege to work with such a lovely charity that does so much good in this confusing world. Please check out itgetsbetter.org and we’ll see you on the Take Action Tour,” says The Used frontman, Bert McCracken.
We Came As Romans’ guitarist/lyricist, Joshua Moore, also tells us, “We’re excited to be back touring in the US after three months. Though it’s fun to do international tours, there’s nothing like touring our own country, especially with such a well respected band like The Used, who a lot of our band grew up listening to, and on such a renowned annual tour. We can’t wait!”
In addition, Hopeless Records, in partner with their non- profit organization Sub City, presents Take Action Compilation Volume 11, a compilation album for charity. This year features two CDs full of unreleased and exclusive tracks from The Used, Bad Religion, AWOL Nation, All Time Low, 3OH!3 and many more. 5% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this compilation will go to continue to fulfill Sub City’s mission to connect bands, fans and causes they are passionate about. For the most current donation total and full list of charities benefiting from this and other Sub City releases, please visit: SubCity.net.
THE USED: www.TheUsed.net
Selling over 3 million albums worldwide in the span of their career, The Used released their highly anticipated album “Vulnerable” earlier this year on their own label, Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The album has sold over 70k copies to date and continues to climb. The band will headline the Take Action Tour benefitting ItGetsBetterProject, a cause they are extremely passionate about.
The band is also excited to announce the release of Vulnerable II- a 2 disc re- issue of the highly successful 2012 release Vulnerable that includes the 12 original tracks, 4 brand new songs, 3 acoustic versions and 3 remixes. Vulnerable II will be released January 22, 2013.
The CD and bundle packages are now available for pre order here: www.hopelessrecords.com/artists/the-used
2013 Take Action Tour Dates:
***A limited number of four pack tickets will be available through venue ticketing sites. Buy four tickets for the price of three. These will be sold in limited quantities so act fast! This will be available in all of the markets except: Asheville, Washington DC, Atlantic City, and Tampa.***
1/11/13 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
1/12/13 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
1/14/13 Denver, CO Summit
1/16/13 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont
1/17/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
1/19/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
1/20/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
1/22/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
1/23/13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
1/25/13 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
1/26/13 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
1/28/13 Washington, DC 930 Club
1/29/13 Boston, MA House of Blues
1/30/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
2/1/13 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
2/2/13 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
2/4/13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
2/5/13 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
2/7/13 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
2/8/13 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
2/10/13 Detroit, MI Fillmore
2/11/13 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
2/13/13 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
2/14/13 Houston, TX House of Blues
2/16/13 Austin, TX Emo’s East
2/17/13 Dallas, TX House of Blues
2/19/13 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
2/20/13 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
2/22/13 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
2/24/13 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
2/26/13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
2/27/13 San Diego, CA House of Blues
3/1/13 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
Take Action Vol. 11 Track Listing:
1. The Used – The Lonely*
2. We Came As Romans – Fair-weather*
3. AWOL Nation – Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)*
4. Bad Religion – Fuck You*
5. The Wonder Years – Local Man Ruins Everything (Nervous Energies)*
6. Mayday Parade – Oh Well, Oh Well
7. Falling in Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
8. Enter Shikari – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here (Tek One Mix)*
9. Whitechapel – Animus
10. Periphery – Far Out (Instrumental)*
11. Sleeping With Sirens – James Dean & Audrey Hepburn (Acoustic
12. All Time Low – The Reckless & The Brave (Acoustic)*
13. Never Shout Never – Pray For Peace (Demo)*
14. 3OH!3 – You’re Gonna Love This (Wuki Remix)*
15. The Summer Set – Fuck U Over
16. Say Anything – Their Notions
1. Glass Cloud – Everybody Wants To Rule The World*
2. Ice Nine Kills – What I Never Learned in Study Hall (6 Feet Below)*
3. Memphis May Fire – Prove Me Right
4. Upon This Dawning – A New Beginning
5. Parkway Drive – Dark Days
6. SHARKS – Sea Of All Seas*
7. Balance & Composure – Quake
8. Silver Snakes – All My Eye*
9. Broadway Calls – Bring On The Storm*
10. We Are The Ocean – Machine
11. Transit – Skipping Stone (Alternate Version)
12. Seahaven – Understanding*
13. Set It Off – Dream Catcher
14. I Am The Avalanche – I’ll Be Back Around
15. The Scene Aesthetic – Carelessly (feat. Dresses)*
16. Plug In Stereo – I Hope You Know (feat. Tay Jardine)*
17. William Beckett – 48 In A Hospital *
18. Itch – London Is Burning*
19. Twin Atlantic – Make A Beast Of Myself (Space Brother Remix)*
20. The Animal In Me – Speak*
21. Hell Or Highwater – Come Alive (Acoustic)*
22. Palisades – Bury It (Acoustic)*
* denotes rare or unreleased
For more information on Take Action Tour, please visit: TakeActionTour.com/2013
Supporters of Take Action include Tilly’s, Anger Music Group, Hopeless Records, Equal Vision Records, Rise Records and all of the artists and labels included on the 2013 compilation.
For more information on It Gets Better, please visit:
About It Gets Better:
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.
About Hopeless Records and Sub City:
Founded in 1993, Hopeless Records is a Southern California independent record label home to breakout artists All Time Low, There For Tomorrow, Anarbor, We Are The In Crowd, The Wonder Years and many more. Throughout its 17 year history, Hopeless Records has released more than 150 albums and launched the careers of Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, and many other notable artists. In 1999, Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit organizations under the Sub City banner with charitable albums, tours, and events. Now itself a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, Sub City continues the mission of connecting bands, fans and the causes they are passionate about. Sub City has raised more than two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.
blessthefall will join We Came As Romans and Emmure on The Fire and Ice Tour in Spring of 2012.
Additional support will come from Woe Is Me, and The Color Morale.
Following a successful winter headlining The Fearless Friends Tour, and European run with Asking Alexandria, blessthefall will tour North America in support of their album Awakening, which debuted at #31 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
The band recently released a music video for the second track on Awakening, “Promised Ones“.
Fire and Ice Tour – blessthefall w/ We Came As Romans, Emmure, Woe Is Me, and The Color Morale
Mar 09 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
Mar 10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 11 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 12 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Theatre
Mar 13 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Mar 15 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar 20 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue Of Scottsdale
Mar 21 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Mar 22 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove Of Anaheim
Mar 23 – Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
Mar 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Golden State Hall
Mar 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Mar 27 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Mar 28 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
Mar 31 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
April 01 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
April 02 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
April 03 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
April 04 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
April 07 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 09 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
April 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
April 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
European Tour Dates w/ Asking Alexandria
Jan 10 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy
Jan 12 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ ABC
Jan 13 – Newcastle, United Kingdom @ Academy
Jan 14 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Ritz
Jan 15 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ Met Uni
Jan 16 – Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
Jan 17 – Norwich, United Kingdom @ Waterfront
Jan 19 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Solus
Jan 20 – Wolverhampton, United Kingdom @ Wulfrun Hall
Jan 21 – London, United Kingdom @ The Forum
Jan 22 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ The Academy
Jan 23 – Portsmouth, United Kingdom @ Portsmouth
Jan 25 – Paris, France @ Divan du Monde
Jan 26 – Brussels, Belgium @ Box / AB
Jan 27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
Jan 28 – Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Jan 29 – Hamburg (Hamburg), Germany @ Marketthalle / Gross Freiheit
Jan 30 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amanger Bio
Jan 31 – Gårda, Sweden @ Brew House
Feb 01 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
Feb 03 – Berlin, Germany @ C-Club / Huxleys
Feb 04 – Chemnitz, Germany @ AJZ
Feb 05 – Numburg, Germany @ Hirsch
Feb 06 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music bar
Feb 08 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle / Werk
Feb 09 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
Feb 10 – Milan Mi, Italy @ Tunnel Club
Feb 11 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Complex
Feb 12 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Die Röhre
Feb 13 – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany @ Batschkapp
Feb 15 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
Feb 16 – Strasbourg, France @ Laiterie
Feb 17 – Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
Feb 18 – Saint Ave, France @ Echonova
DEC 19 – Michigan’s We Came As Romans announces The Fire and Ice Tour, a Spring 2012 US headlining run with support from Emmure, blessthefall, Woe, Is Me and The Color Morale.
“Just Keep Breathing“, We Came As Romans’ second music video in a three-part series, premiered on Friday, December 16th. The video was directed by Travis Kopach [AFI, 3OH!3, Panic! At The Disco] and is a continuation of the band’s previously released video for ”Mis//Understanding”, with the story carrying over into “Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be“, the band’s forthcoming and final music video of the series. The band debuted “Just Keep Breathing” on Livestream.com, followed by an interactive chat with fans. The video is now available on YouTube.com/equalvision.
We Came As Romans concluded their seemingly non-stop touring schedule of 2011 this past weekend by headlining the December to Remember festival in Anaheim, CA. The band will keep up their dedication to the road in 2012, kicking off the year with a European co-headlining tour with Alesana, which will be presented by Keep-A-Breast and Macbeth. Soon after, the band will travel to Japan for the first time, to perform at Scream Out Fest. We Came As Romans is touring in support of their recently released sophomore full-length album, Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be.
WE CAME AS ROMANS w/Emmure, blessthefall, Woe Is Me and The Color Morale
Mar 09 Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
Mar 10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 12 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Theatre
Mar 13 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Mar 15 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar 20 Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
Mar 21 San Diego, CA @ Soma
Mar 22 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim
Mar 23 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Mar 24 Bakersfield, CA @ Golden State Hall
Mar 25 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Mar 27 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Mar 28 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
Mar 31 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Apr 01 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Apr 02 Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Apr 03 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Apr 04 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
Apr 07 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Apr 09 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
Apr 11 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Apr 12 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
Apr 13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
MACBETH AND KEEP-A-BREAST PRESENT:
We Came As Romans and Alesana w/Iwrestledabearonce, Glamour Of The Kill
Jan 13 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Jan 14 Jena, DE @ F-Haus
Jan 15 Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos Saal
Jan 16 Paris, FR @ Divan Du monde
Jan 17 Lyon, FR @ MJC O Tem
Jan 18 Zürich, CH @ Abart/Komplex
Jan 19 Cesena, IT @ Vidia
Jan 20 Wien, AT @ WUK
Jan 21 München, DE @ Backstage
Jan 22 Prague, CZ @ Rock Cafe
Jan 23 Berlin, DE @ Columbia Club
Jan 24 Münster, DE @ Sputnikhalle
Jan 25 Hamburg, DE @ Knust
Jan 26 Malmö, SE @ KB
Jan 27 Gothenburg, SE @ Brewhouse
Jan 28 Stockholm, SE @ Klubben
Jan 30 Helsinki, FI @ Nosturi
Feb 01 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Feb 02 Amsterdam, DE @ Melkweg
Feb 03 Köln, DE @ Essigfabrik
Feb 04 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Feb 05 Cardiff, UK @ CF10
Feb 06 Birmingham, UK @ The Library
Feb 07 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Feb 08 Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Feb 09 Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
Feb 10 London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom
Feb 11 Colchester, UK @ Arts Centre
Feb 12 Brighton, UK @ Concord 2
SCREAM OUT FEST 2012
Feb 18 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Club Quattro
Feb 19 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Club Quattro
SEP 28 – We Came As Romans, fresh off of the release of Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be, which debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Current Top 200 Chart last week, and amidst their current US and Canadian headlining tour, has announced their winter tour plans.
We Came As Romans will headline the Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer Tour, sponsored by MerchNOW.com and EveryConcertEver.com, with support from Falling in Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Attila and For All I Am.
The Michigan-based sextet is currently headlining the I’m Alive Tour with Miss May I, Of Mice & Men, labelmates Texas In July, and Close To Home. They will soon head overseas to Australia with The Devil Wears Prada on The Dead Throne Tour, before returning to the States for the World War III Tour, featuring co-headliners Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead.
Pre-sale tickets for the Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer Tour will go on sale through Artist Arena on Wednesday, September 28th and on sale to the public on Monday, October 3rd. Tickets are available for the I’m Alive Tour HERE. All upcoming tour dates for We Came As Romans can be seen below.
I’M ALIVE TOUR
We Came As Romans, Miss May I, Of Mice & Men, Texas In July, Close To Home
Sep 28 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Sep 29 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
Sep 30 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Oct 01 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum
Oct 02 Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
Oct 04 Lubbock, TX @ The Wrecker
Oct 05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct 06 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Oct 07 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Oct 08 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Oct 09 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
Oct 11 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Oct 12 Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
Oct 13 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
Oct 14 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Oct 15 Kent, OH @ The Outpost ^
^ We Came As Romans and Close To Home only
DEAD THRONE TOUR AUSTRALIA
The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans, Dream On, Dreamer
Oct 20 Perth, AUS @ Capitol
Oct 21 Adelaide, AUS @ Thebarton Theatre
Oct 22 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
Oct 23 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
Oct 24 Sydney, AUS @ Roundhouse
Oct 26 Brisbane, AUS @ The HIFI
Oct 27 Brisbane, AUS @ The HIFI
Oct 29 Henderson, AK, NZ @ Zeal (We Came As Romans only)
w/Asking Alexandria, D.R.U.G.S., Winds of Plague, Stick To Your Guns
Oct 31 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
WORLD WAR III TOUR
Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead, Borgore, We Came As Romans, D.R.U.G.S
Nov 01 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Nov 03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt-Air
Nov 04 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Nov 05 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown
Nov 06 St. Louis, MO @ Family Arena
Nov 08 Chicago, IL @ Aragon
Nov 09 Detroit, MI @ Compuware Arena
Nov 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo^
Nov 11 New York, NY @ Roseland
Nov 12 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Nov 13 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
Nov 14 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore+
Nov 15 Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
Nov 17 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Nov 18 Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater
Nov 19 Tampa, FL @ Iguana Stadium
^ Asking Alexandria, Borgore and We Came As Romans only
+ Asking Alexandria, Borgore, We Came As Romans, D.R.U.G.S. only
TAKE A PICTURE, IT WILL LAST LONGER TOUR
We Came As Romans, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, For All I Am
Nov 22 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm^
Nov 23 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Nov 25 Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Nov 26 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
Nov 27 Fort Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
Nov 28 Lansing, MI @ The Loft
Nov 29 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
Dec 01 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
Dec 02 Franklin, NH @ Artemis Event Center+
Dec 04 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground+
Dec 06 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Dec 07 Danbury, CT @ Tuxedo Junction
Dec 08 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
Dec 09 Richmond, VA @ The Hat Factory
^ We Came As Romans, Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, For All I Am only
+ We Came As Romans, Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, For All I Am & Lions, Lions only
UNSILENT NIGHT 4
Dec 10 Dallas, TX @ Fair Park – Centennial Hall
We Came As Romans spent a productive summer on the Vans Warped Tour, performing for super enthusiastic fans all across the country. Their new album Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be has just been released on Equal Vision Records. Now concluding the I’m Alive tour, the band is set to go on the road again, this time supporting Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead on the World War III Tour. At Warped Tour in San Diego, we caught up with one of the WCAR members to find out more about the new album, life on the road, lyrical content, why people think they are a Christian band, Call Of Duty, and other topics. Let the understanding begin…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in We Came As Romans, and what’s the most embarrassing song on your IPOD.
My name is Joshua, and I play guitar in We Came As Romans. As of now, I don’t have any embarrassing songs on my IPOD. I just got an Iphone yesterday, like last night – so I have yet to put any music on it. But, out of all the music I would put on it, it would probably be some 90’s jams, like Matchbox 20 or Barenaked Ladies – one of those bands my dad listened to when I was growing up, so I naturally listen to as well. But I don’t know – I’m not really embarrassed by that. I actually still kind of like that – so it’s all good.
How has the Warped Tour been going so far and what has been some of the highlights?
It’s been awesome! It’s been long! It’s almost done – I think we have like 5 days left. Some of the highlights – not necessarily a high point – but we’ve had our bus break down three times on this tour. Actually yesterday was an off day, and that whole off day, our tour manager and driver spent finding out how to fix the bus and where to go and all that. Not exactly the relaxing off day that we had hoped for. But this tour has been awesome because we knew a lot of bands coming into it. We had friends everywhere. There wasn’t one night where we had to sit in our bus and go, “Oh, we have nothing to do. This is boring.” There’s always something to do with someone that we knew. We were able to build a lot of our friendships with other bands stronger. It’s so important when you’re on such a long tour to have good relationships with other bands, because you’re gone from home for so long, you need something to keep you going when you’re on the road.
Is there any story or concept to the CD title Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be?
The CD, as a whole, almost all the lyrics were written on the road. And so that has a huge influence. We Came As Romans has stayed on the road for pretty much non-stop. Besides earlier this year, there was little brief period that I was sick and I was home – but besides that part, I’ve been home like 13 days total this year. I don’t get home now till August 20th. So out of nine months, being home for two weeks is rough. But I guess the title is about trying to understand life and find happiness and retain happiness in your life. And so that’s the whole kind of concept behind the CD. Written from We Came As Roman’s standpoint, it’s about finding happiness being gone all the time, and not having that stability a lot of people have with a home life.
Select two songs from the new album and tell me what inspired you to write the lyrics?
I can choose the first and the last song. They’re the two songs that we’ve released so far, and they’re on Itunes right now. The first song is called Mis//Understanding. And it’s about – there’s certain points in your life where you feel like you’ve worked so hard and you’ve put in so much effort, and you’re not seeing anything in return. And it’s not the fact that you b\put in all that work to get rewarded – but when you work for anything, it really sucks when it seems like instead of moving forward, you’re still just moving backwards. And that song is just about different times as a touring musician – for me personally, where I feel like I’ve given just everything to try and make this band work and to try and be a positive influence – and I still see so many thing just going wrong. And that song is just kind of about dealing with that. As a band, we have a really positive message. We’re all human, and sometimes me, the rest of my band mates, anyone – will do not so “positive” things. Being aggravated, a fan could come up to you at the wrong time and you might be a little irritated and they might think, “Oh, that guy is such a jerk!” When in actuality, I don’t think I’m a jerk. You might have caught me at a bad time, and I’m sorry. And I guess that song is just trying to get people to understand its tough – life is tough no matter what kind of life you’re trying to lead – whether you’re a musician on the road or a student in college as most kids at our age are. It’s just, trying to understand life in generally. It’s rough. It’s really rough, especially from the road. I’m 21, so anyone a few years younger or a few years older – it’s a rough patch going from high school to college for most kids – and then going into the real world and having to find a job. I have an older and younger sister, so I get the stories from both worlds of that. And I guess I just want people to relate to knowing that life is far from perfect, and everyone has their bad days – and there’s always going to be things that you don’t understand, but there’s not a reason to give up on it.
And that’s what the last song ties into that with (the title track). For me, it was just about a realization of the band and the life that I’m trying to lead. The first lyric in that song says, “All the lights were too bright to see the spark.” And for me, it’s just being on the road, there’s so many things going on all of the time – it’s really easy to get distracted and get sidetracked from living the life you want to lead and being the person you want to be. And that song is just about realizing that, and really understanding that there’s always going to be those times that pull you down, but at the end of the day you still keep working, and you still gotta stick to what you believe in when it gets tough. So that’s my very lengthy explanation of those two songs.
Who did the awesome cover art for the new CD, and how much input did you guys have on it?
Paul Romano did our first CD as well as this CD. A lot of people have said how similar the figure – the boy – is in it. That wasn’t a mistake – it was on purpose. We try to have the same figure just a little older – a little more mature – just cuz we feel as a band we’ve grown and matured. And I guess that figure kind of represents us with the good and the evil on each side kind of pulling him apart. Andy, our bass player, worked with Paul a lot on it – sending ideas back and forth. I talked to Andy about what I wanted on it, since I was writing the lyrics and kind of directing the CD. I talked to Andy about what I wanted and Andy has a good mind for art and the direction that art needs to go. He’s a very visual person, and it’s awesome that he was able to work with Paul – and that Paul was able to really come up with something that we all loved.
Will that guy on the cover still be around if you are still a band 20 years from now?
Maybe. I don’t know. I’m no fortuneteller. I can’t see into the future, so I guess we’ll just have to see.
Why do so many people think that WCAR is a Christian band?
Probably just because of our positive message. And there are some lyrics of ours that can be taken from a Christian perspective and they make a whole lot of sense. Like me personally, Andy personally – we’re both Christians dudes. There are dudes in the band that aren’t Christian. There are dudes in the band that are very Christian. But we decided as a band that we didn’t want any religion at all to be any aspect of who we are as a band or the message that we have. But naturally, it’s something that influences our lives. It’s hard to not let that bleed through the lyrics. But when people are like, “Oh, this a totally Christian lyrics. I know that Joshua wrote this about God!” I didn’t. I don’t write specific lyrics like that. I try to write it so that everyone can relate to it. You know, whether a kid takes a lyric that we write and is like, “This it totally about my relationship with God and with Jesus and Christianity” – that’s cool! That’s awesome! I’m glad that they can relate that way to it. But for that kid, there’s ten other kids who don’t relate to it that way, and that’s just as cool. That’s just as awesome! We just want kids to be able to relate – whatever level it’s on. There have been kids who are like, “I’m a complete Atheist. I don’t believe in anything. But your lyrics really inspire me.” And that’s awesome too. We don’t have any religious push or any religious agenda with our band at all. I think a lot of people kind of get that mixed up because of the positivity that we try to spread.
When you look back on early earlier work such as the Dreams EP, what do you think of it now?
I kind of laugh a little bit. I mean, personally, I think that as a songwriter – and just as a writer in general – I think I’ve gotten much better at writing. I think just the songs that my band decides to really put all of our hearts into and just really, really try to make the best we can. I think that they’ve gotten much better. That EP was really kind of rushed. We did it in like 5-6 days. We had never been in a real studio before. We have never recorded to a click track. We had never done anything really. It was something else, recording that EP. But looking back on it, it was really good for what it was. But if we ever put out anything like that now, I think I would quit and be really ashamed.
Oh no! (Much laughter)
We were all young. I was 18. There were a few members that were 17. I don’t any of us were even 21 yet. Dave might have been 20, maybe. Dave’s the oldest member of our band, and he might have been 20. And so for the time, it was really good. When I look back on it, I really like it because I can see the progression of our band. And that’s what makes me happier more than anything – knowing that we have progressed and we have moved forward – at least in my opinion. There’s going to be a ton of kids out there that are like, “Oh no, they didn’t progress! They still suck!” That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but in mine, I’m really, really happy with the way We Came As Romans has progressed.
What do you plan to do the very moment you get home from Warped Tour?
As much as I don’t want to admit it, I’ll probably walk straight to my room – get my Xbox, plug it in and play Call Of Duty. That’s probably what I’ll do. I haven’t played it in so long, and that’s what I do a lot on my off time. Either that, or I’ll probably go to a bar with my dad. Either/or. I love hanging out with my dad – it’s awesome.
Is your dad a musician by any chance?
My dad is actually the reason I started playing guitar. He had an acoustic guitar – he still actually has it. A lot of our songs that I’ll say in interviews that were written on an acoustic guitar were actually written on his acoustic guitar that he still has from like 1979. It’s old – it might not be 79, but it’s really old.
Do you have any messages for your fans out here in the Southern California area?
As a band, California is always the high point of a tour. We love coming out here. It’s always wonderful weather – wonderful shows – so much support – it’s awesome and it gives us a reason to keep coming back out.
We Came As Romans is:
Dave Stephens – Vocals
Kyle Pavone – Vocals/Keys
Joshua Moore – Guitar
Lou Cotton – Guitar
Andy Glass – Bass
Eric Choi – Drums
(Interview and Vans Warped Tour San Diego live photos by Kenneth Morton)
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