Yet another facet of the Detroit scene is exemplified by the Indie Rock melodicism-meets-Thrash Metal mayhem of We Came as Romans, a wildly eclectic sextet from Motown and nearby Troy, Mich. The band began six years ago when a group of friends assembled as This Emergency, soldiering on through a succession of personnel changes (only guitarist Joshua Moore and vocalist/screamer David Stephens remain from the original lineup), retooling as We Came As Romans in 2006.
After adding vocalist Kyle Pavone, guitarist Lou Cotton, bassist Andy Glass and drummer Eric Choi, WCAR released the acclaimed EPs Demonstrations and Dreams in 2008, which helped them secure a contract with Equal Vision Records. In 2009, the band released their debut full length, To Plant a Seed, which garnered accolades well beyond the Metal scene and notched impressive rankings on Billboard’s Heatseeker and Independent charts, as well as crossing over to the bottom of the Top 200 overall chart. WCAR recently posted a brand new track on their MySpace page, “To Move On Is To Grow,” included on the deluxe CD/DVD reissue of To Plant a Seed, which was released two weeks ago.
We Came As Romans plays The Mad Hatter Tuesday with For Today, The Word Alive, Texas in July, Arla Mae and Woe, is Me. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.