WE CAME AS ROMANS SHARE VIDEO FOR “BLACK HOLE” — WATCH
SONG FEATURES BEARTOOTH’S CALEB SHOMO
BAND TO HIT THE ROAD ON TO PLANT A SEED ANNIVERSARY TOUR THIS MONTH
We Came As Romans — Joshua Moore [guitar], Dave Stephens [vocals], Lou Cotton [guitar], Andy Glass [bass], and David Puckett [drums] — have shared the video for their brand new single “Black Hole,” featuring Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo.
“‘Black Hole’ was the very last song that we wrote for the record,” the band says. “We had this idea of what we wanted it to sound like, and we wrote a bunch of music for it throughout our time in L.A. But we were never really satisfied with what we created. With only a week left in the studio, we had finally created something that we were all stoked about — and it was time to put a message to the song.”
Stephens continues, “The lyrics to ‘Black Hole’ are about dealing with the anxiety that you feel going through life. For me, at the time, [it was] the anxiety I was feeling in dealing with loss and the grieving process. But we wanted to leave the song open-ended enough for our fans to relate to, with anything they were going through. That anxiety is sometimes so crushing and so heavy, and you have to deal with the weight of it, the gravity of the situations you’re in. And sometimes, it just feels like an endless cycle.”
He finishes, “When the song was complete, we sent it over to a long time friend of ours — Caleb Shomo. We’ve been playing shows together for well over 10 years now, and we’re so happy we’ve finally had a chance to collaborate on a song together. Caleb is an amazing vocalist and the song wouldn’t be the same without his contribution!”
We Came As Romans recently shared the video “Darkbloom.”
In other WCAR news, the band rebooted its anniversary tour celebrating the landmark, 2009-released album To Plant A Seed. The tour was originally scheduled for Spring 2020, but it was tabled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To Plant A Seed was a definitive sonic statement for We Came As Romans and remains a fan favorite through this day. It’s only fitting that the band commemorate the release with a tour.
The tour kicks off on September 29 in Philadelphia and runs through November 7 in the band’s native Michigan. Support will come from The Devil Wears Prada, Dayseeker, and Hollow Front. All dates are below. Get tickets here.
WE CAME AS ROMANS ON TOUR:
WITH THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, DAYSEEKER, + HOLLOW FRONT:
9/29 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
9/30 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
10/1 — Brooklyn, NY — Warsaw
10/2 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre
10/3 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
10/5 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
10/6 — Norfolk, VA — The NorVa
10/7 — Greensboro, NC — The Blind Tiger
10/8 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
10/9 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues
10/10 — Tampa, FL — The Orpheum
10/12 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
10/13 — Dallas, TX — Canton Hall
10/15 — Phoenix, AZ — The Pressroom
10/16 — Las Vegas, NV — 24 Oxford
10/17 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
10/19 — Pomona, CA — The Glasshouse
10/20 — Los Angeles, CA — The Regent Theater
10/22 — Sacramento, CA — Ace of Spades
10/23 — Berkeley, CA — UC Theatre
10/24 — Reno, NV — Cargo
10/26 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
10/27 — Denver, CO — The Oriental Theater
10/29 — Lawrence, KS — Granada Theater
10/30 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
10/31 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave
11/2 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
11/3 — Columbus, OH — The Athenaeum
11/5 — Pittsburgh, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/6 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew’s Hall
11/7 — Detroit, MI — The Crofoot
ABOUT WE CAME AS ROMANS:
Since the release of the milestone debut album, 2009’s To Plant a Seed, diehard fans depend on We Came As Romans to deliver intimate, confessional, and autobiographical anthems, each one challenging, triumphant, and passionate. Darkbloom is a bright light in the darkness with the strength of every WCAR album before it. Singer David Stephens, guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, guitarist Lou Cotton, and drummer David Puckett usher in an ambitious, courageous new era, while honoring the legacy and memory of their fallen bandmate, co-vocalist and keyboardist Kyle Pavone.
We Came As Romans’ initial ascent was quick and assured, catapulting the band (who met as teens) into the hearts of diehard fans immersed in the metalcore, post-hardcore, and Warped Tour subculture. Their hook-filled heavy music carried an uplifting message and connects with even greater urgency live. The increasingly diverse catalog of metallic might, melodic strength, and electronic atmosphere soars in clubs, theaters, and fests. They’ve supported tastemaker acts like Bring Me The Horizon, I Prevail, A Day To Remember, Falling In Reverse, Bullet For My Valentine, and The Used.
Moore and Stephens are a formidable writing team. Crowds connected with the songs on To Plant a Seed and its follow-up, 2011’s Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be. They entered Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 1 with 2013’s Tracing Back Roots. Metal Hammer described 2015 self-titled fourth album as “a massive departure from their comfort zone. Where once there was positivity, patience, and platitudes, there is now pain.” Alt Press declared 2017’s Cold Like War a “milestone,” noting the “expanded range of sounds, emotions, and songwriting capabilities.”
Roughly a year after Cold Like War’s release, an accidental overdose took Pavone’s life. A devastated WCAR vowed to continue, in his memory, for each other, and for their fans. Each record marks a moment in time, a stage in the process of continuing evolution, none more so than Darkbloom. Shaped by their collective loss and grief, the album balances the optimistic vitality of WCAR’s most beloved work with stark realism and emotion. Like a flower emerging through concrete, We Came As Romans symbolize the transformative power of perseverance.