At the forefront of what’s known as the post-hardcore, or metalcore, scene stands We Came As Romans (WCAR). Their shows are electric, their lyrics are passionate, and their performances are kick-ass—there really is no better way to describe them.
Hailing from Troy, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the band formed in 2005 and originally called themselves This Emergency, changing their name in 2006 to WCAR. They released their first EP in 2009 and welcomed current vocalist, Kyle Pavone, to the band.
Flash forward almost 10 years and WCAR has released four studio albums, touring the world with such bands as Iron Maiden, Asking Alexandria, Black Sabbath, and The Used. They also earned Billboard plaques for No. 1 Hard Rock Album, and No. 8 Top 200 album, to name a few.
It’s safe to say they aren’t slowing down either, with a new album, Cold Like War, coming out October 20 and a lengthy tour with 50 stops (see below). Earlier this summer, Pavone tweeted to fans that the new record is going to be fast and heavy, and that “it will be the perfect We Came As Romans record.”
"Cold Like War is about struggle, those trials," says guitarist and songwriter Joshua Moore. "They can turn us towards each other, towards those we love, towards those who have supported us. Because the last two years to us have felt like this giant war—an internal war—to figure out the right path for our band… to figure out how to stay together and be happy again."
6 random, quick questions with Kyle Pavone:
In our last issue, we talked about the X Games. Do you have a favorite competition?
SuperPipe has always been my absolute favorite part of the X Games.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done during a show?
I jumped off a speaker stack in Thailand, which was mental. Thank God the crowd caught me.
Favorite drink to have after a show?
Best fan encounter?
It was during the shoot for our "Regenerate" music video; it was so awesome to connect and hang out all day with fans from our home city.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Sydney, Australia, is the coolest place I've ever been! I just happened to be there for my birthday, too, which was so great.
Venue you would love to play?
Madison Square Garden, for sure.
WCAR kicks off its fall tour, Rage on the Stage, with I Prevail and The Word Alive in Oklahoma City on Sept. 20 and winds its way across the States, ending on Dec. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa.
COLD LIKE WAR TRACK LISTING
1. Vultures With Clipped Wings
2. Cold Like War
3. Two Hands
4. Lost In The Moment
5. Foreign Fire
6. Wasted Age
8. If There's Something To See (Feat. Eric Vanlerberghe from I Prevail)
9. Promise Me
10. Learning To Survive
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Photo credit: Carlo Oppermann