We Came As Romans

Chameleon Club, SLP Concerts, & CI Productions Present...

We Came As Romans

Crown The Empire, From Under The Willow, Consumer

Sun, January 27, 2013

5:30 pm

Chameleon Club

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

We Came As Romans
We Came As Romans
Having mastered the art of self promotion and self booking early on, We Came As Romans has since garnered a colossal fan base and kept themselves on the road, only stopping long enough to record. Tireless and tour-hungry, We Came As Romans are pushing the envelope, combining influences such as the intertwined singing/screaming vocals of Underoath, the theatrical, orchestra-infused metal of Chiodos, the crushing breakdowns of The Devil Wears Prada and the positive lyrics of August Burns Red on their debut Equal Vision release, To Plant A Seed.

Working with producer Joey Sturgis [The Devil Wears Prada, Emarosa, Attack Attack!] To Plant A Seed is laden with intricate guitar riffs, both moshtastic and melodic breakdowns, and commanding screaming from vocalist David Stephens tempered with co-vocalist Kyle Pavone's adept singing voice. Just as important as the musical content, the message behind the music is something the band holds dear.

"To Plant A Seed embodies a really strong message we've always held as a band and that's the simple fact to just love other people and to love in general," explains Joshua Moore, guitarist and key lyricist of the band. "Hopefully this album will plant a seed, or idea, of love into people's minds. The whole concept is that hopefully the practice of loving other people will only grow."

The artwork of To Plant A Seed, done by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Chiodos), also ties nicely into this theme. "The artwork features an innocent looking boy, with a seed that has been planted in his mind and it grows to his heart and out of his palms, becoming branches. It combines both the literal and figurative interpretation of the concept with the seed literally growing out of his palms and the idea of love from his heart is branching out to others," states Andrew Glass, the group's bassist.

"This album has everything that we wanted to do with our music given the time and the right tools to do it. We took a lot of different genres and influences and bled them all into one - it ranges from super heavy metal to super radio-friendly pop," says Moore. "We even explored the world of strings and brass and combined elements from all over to create a really full sound."

We Came As Romans also deliver a refreshing lyrical perspective. Although they don't label themselves a Christian band, the positive message they want to put out there is inspired by the idea of being good people and loving one another. Moore states, "Whenever religion is brought up there's always reason to argue. Love doesn't have an argument; everyone wants to love and be loved. We decided if we're going to be a band, we needed to have a meaning behind it. I don't think there is any greater meaning than to keep on spreading the idea and concept of love."

Having toured throughout the US, Canada, UK/Europe, and Australia and shared stages with Megadeth, NOFX, Parkway Drive, GWAR, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red and more, We Came As Romans have proven their ability to win over any and every audience by pouring their hearts out on stage and take "giving 100%" to the next level. "When kids come to see us, they already know what the songs sound like and know what they're going to hear, it's what they want to see that matters. We seriously give everything into making every show the most heartfelt and real show that we can give," says Moore. "We gave everything we had into this album. We literally gave everything in our life away to make this band work because of the message behind it. It wasn't for fame. It wasn't for money," explains Moore. "I want people to enjoy the music for what it is and realize the meaning; hopefully it's something that hits close to home."

Their hard work, dedication, and energetic live show is already beginning to pay off as they have sold over 52k copies of To Plant A Seed since its release on November 3, 2009. Their current headlining tour, the Motel 6 Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour has sold out at nearly every single date and they will next head out on The Game Changers tour with hardcore heavyweights A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon. Following the full US tour, they will return to Europe to headline the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour and then perform on the entirety of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

We Came As Romans recently released a deluxe edition of To Plant A Seed featuring their latest single, "To Move On Is To Grow" as well as a 38-minute DVD of live performances, exclusive interviews, and their new music video for "To Move On Is To Grow." The band is currently writing for their sophomore full-length album, which they will be recording with Sturgis between tours and is expected to see a Fall 2011 release date.
Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire
Our debut full length album "The Fallout" comes out 11/20 on Rise Records!
From Under The Willow
From Under The Willow
"Imaginative, crass, and rebellious”
Ladies and Gentleman, meet From Under the Willow.

Produced by a strong studio line-up of Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Texas in July, This or the Apocalypse) and Ricky Armellino (I, the Breather, Carousel Kings), the band's first self-release "Outlaws" is an undeniable mash up of unambiguous one liners, flurried guitar work, sans-tuning triple harmony pop choruses, carefully composed electronics, and a technical heaviness that can only be from the well-known central-PA region. With a seemingly endless bag of techniques, FUTW brings all of the modern flash to the stage without falling prey to the maladies ailing an endless wave of sound-a-likes in the genre, FUTW swaps out the "could be anyone" screams and squashed auto-tune singing to bring an indistinguishable message to each song that could only ever be from FUTW.

What sets From Under the Willow apart from the metal-core pack isn't just careful arrangements and catchy hooks, but a honest, punk ethos that fully alters the style together. Wes Good's vocals are sincere, embodying a brutal honesty rarely found in other lyricists of the genre. FUTW skips the standard "keep the kids happy" lyric sets featuring vague themes of redemption, pursuit of happiness, and heartache and remains unashamed to write about real life circumstances of today's youth. The 11 tracks of "Outlaws" tactfully tell stories that scream "I've been through this before": A loved one hides her phone when her ex-boyfriend calls her back before silently acknowledging it a matter better left un-discussed, a young man ruminates over the times he chose to drive under the influence, an erratic boyfriend tells his lover in a moment of honesty that she shouldn't be afraid to risk leaving him. Every track has a realism that, on one hand young and coarse, exhibits a rare wisdom for the heavy music genres.

From Under the Willow can't be impersonated and are surely going to take other artists to task for hiding who they truly are in their songs. Fans of We Came as Romans, Texas in July, I See Stars, and Attila will each find everything to love about this band and more. From Under the Willow has not only created a hype or a following. They have created a new genre, scene, society and a movement.
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/