Tell our readers a bit about how "We Came As Romans" got started and what you guys are all about.
We got started in 2005 and since then have been through a bunch of member changes, released an EP, and now two full-length CDs. We try to be a positive band, in a heavy genre of music.
There are a lot of bands that have been heading in the same direction that "We Came As Romans" has been heading. What sets you guys apart from other metal acts today?
We try to have a positive and uplifting message, about building relationships and finding happiness in life.
Can you explain a bit about the origins of your name?
It was honestly just something we all thought sounded cool. We were all really young. This was five years ago, I was 17 at the time haha.
Was the storyline that you present on this record something you knew you'd be writing from the start of "Understanding What We've Grown To Be"?
Our music will always be a continuation of who we are, as people and as a band, so it was just something that came naturally.
Tell us a little bit about your new album, what can we expect?
It's heavier than our first release, and the lyrics are a bit more honest and real to how life is. It acknowledges the darker parts of life, while exploring how to retain the good in life.
Talk to us about the production of this album? How was it working with Joey Sturgis?
I love working with Joey. He’s an extremely talented engineer and producer and he's a good friend too. He has an amazing ear and really knows how our band needs to be portrayed, sound wise.
What is the significance behind the title "Understanding What We've Grown To Be"?
It's about figuring out who you are, and if you aren't happy with that, taking the steps to be who you want to be.
Can you clue our readers into your favorite track, why you love it and why you think fans will dig it?
I really, really like the last track, the title track. It’s a really emotional and heartfelt song, and the lyrics mean a lot to me. Other favorites are tracks 3, 6, 9, and 10.
The album cover was done by Paul Romano, who also created the cover of your first full-length album "To Plant a Seed"! Why did you choose him for the second time and what is the idea behind the artwork?
He did such a great job with the first album artwork and I think he really understood the concepts that we gave him the first time. And he ended up doing a really amazing job on Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be as well.
How important is it to you all to have a message behind your music?
It’s the whole reason that we are a band. It's what keeps us going when things get tough and what makes everything rewarding, when we can positively influence other people.
So this is your second album, do you feel added pressure from this being your first release on such a big label?
Definitely! I mean second album really establishes you in the music scene and either proves that you are there to stay, or that you don't have what it takes. And I think with support from Nuclear Blast we will really be able to build up our European fan base.
What are some future plans now that you're on Nuclear Blast Records?
We’re coming back to Europe to co-headline with Alesana in January 2012! For an entire month as well!
When people attend a "We Came As Romans" show, what do you want them to come away with? An experience! And a positive experience at that! We put a lot of energy and heart into our live show, and I want people to notice that. We have a lot of passion on stage.
Your album "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" was released on the 13 th of September. What's the plan for the rest of the year?
Just staying busy and staying on the road!
Any last words for your fans and our readers?
I hope to see you guys in early 2012!
Thanks for your time and good luck with your new album!