Your latest single, “Wasted Age”, is quite in-your-face, distinctive and lyrically intense. Tell us more about the emotion throughout the track.
“Wasted Age” was written incorporating all of our emotions at the time. Like a lot of our lyrics, they’re open to individual interpretation. Although, in general, the song is about losing a relationship that you know isn’t working but you keep trying to hold onto it even though you know it isn’t healthy. Whether that’s a friend, loved one, co-worker, etc. is up to interpretation.
How has growing up in Detroit influenced your music?
Absolutely! The local heavy music scene has always been thriving in our city, especially when we were younger and just starting up. Seeing the energy and emotions this kind of music could bring out in people and the thrill of performing in front of them got me hooked and I wanted to do nothing else but perform and create it!
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
The hawk on my right forearm done by Nick Kelly of Signature Tattoo’s in Ferndale, Michigan is my favorite not only because of how it looks but the meaning of it. A hawk represents broad perspective, power, and commitment which are three values that are very important to me.
What have you guys been listening to lately? Any standout favorite albums or musicians?
A record that has been out for months that I still can’t stop listening to is ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ by Architects. If I can listen to any record as much as I’ve listened to that one and not get sick of it, it’s definitely a legendary album.
What’s the story behind how you guys met and came together as We Came As Romans?
We were all in absolutely terrible local bands. I was in a Christian pop-punk Relient K/Blink 182 rip off band and I wanted to try playing heavy music after seeing The Bled open for The Used in Detroit at The Fillmore. That concert actually changed my life because I was so blown away. I called some friends and Joshua and we started writing music! Instead of recruiting the most talented musicians in the area, we were more concerned about commitment, drive, and work ethic. Every other member that’s currently in WCAR was “the leader” of their old bands for their drive and work ethic, which is exactly what I was looking for. I slowly stole our current members from their old bands and with every member change, we grew stronger and gained more momentum. To this day, I don’t consider ourselves the most talented, innovative, or creative band, but I am confident in saying we are one of the most hard-working. We’re from a hard-working, blue-collar city so that’s exactly how we run our band.
Tell us about your recent experience on tour with Parkway Drive.
It was the perfect tour for us. Their fans loved us and our fans (like everyone) were fans of parkway drive. Tours don’t always go so perfectly and fans don’t always mesh so well so it’s refreshing when things come together as nicely as they did. We’re also so thankful to parkway drive for everything they’ve done to help us grow our band. We’ve toured all over the world with them! I don’t know what they like so much about us, but we’re not going to ask any questions… we’ll just keep going on their awesome tours.
What do fans have to look forward to from We Came As Romans over the next six months?
New music! Finally! It’s always nice to release new material. The fans get excited and reconnect with us, and we get the excitement of playing new material live. Sure, its fun to play any songs live, but it’s definitely more exciting to play songs you haven’t played over 1,000 times.
I am from Detroit as well, so this question is practically a given. Do you perceive that The Detroit Lions will make the playoffs this year?
If it was any other team in the NFL, they’d be a shoe in. But it’s the Lions and they can always find ways to lose so I still have my doubts. However, they look like a different team this year which is awesome because EVERYONE counted them out.
If you could share any words of wisdom with human beings aspiring to become professional musicians, what would it be?
Like anything else in life, work hard at it! The harder you work, the better the results. Don’t expect anything to be given to you. Once you get your record deal, the real work starts.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Keep your eyes open for new music!