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We Came As Romans plants a new livestream, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Back in late 2019 and early 2020, We Came As Roman spent "weeks and weeks" preparing a tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its debut album, "To Plant a Seed" -- only to have it upended by the COVID-19 pandemic after about a week on the road.

Now the heavy rocking Detroit quintet brings the show back this weekend -- virtually.

WCAR plays the 2009 set as a streamcast debuting Friday, April 23. The show was filmed at Sweetwater studios in Fort Wayne, Ind., playing the album in its entirety, and frontman Dave Stephens tells us that it was invigorating for the band simply to play again as well as to celebrate the record that put WCAR on the map -- including a Top 10 position on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart...

• Stephens says that after the "To Plant a Seed" tour was shut down more than 13 months ago, "nobody thought everything would be delayed and disrupted for this long." Making a streaming version of the show, then, was a no-brainer. "We had to think of a way to let people see the set that so much work and thought went into at the time, especially for such a special record. We figured why not use technology and let our fans see it and make it as special as we can, despite all the crap going on."

• Because the album was 10-plus years old, Stephens acknowledges he was concerned about how fans would feel about a show focused on it. "Y'know, the songs, they don't mean the same to me as they did back then -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. But I was worried about, like, is anybody gonna care about these songs? Is anybody gonna care about this set? Is anybody gonna show up for these shows? That was a worry in the back of my mind. But the week we were out, the first night, I was like, 'Nope, we're gonna be fine. Everyone still loves these songs. Everyone still loves this record and everyone still can relate to it."

• Because WCAR became a quintet after co-frontman Kyle Pavone's death in 2018, there were additional challenges in recreating the album on stage, according to Stephens. "Vocally, especially, there's a lot of overlapping parts and there's a lot of things going on where even if you had four guys doing the parts we still wouldn’t be able to do a lot of them. So we had to get pretty creative in doing it, and I think we do a good job. But it took a lot of prep and planning, figuring out how we were going to do all these overlapping vocals and make it sound pretty close to the record."

• If WCAR has its way, Stephens says, it will have another crack at playing "To Plant a Seed" for live audiences, too. "I really hope this livestream isn't the last time we get to play it. I really hope we actually do get to get on the road and perform it in a more special way as well. We didn't get to play it nearly enough."

• Meanwhile, WCAR has largely finished its next album, its first since 2017's "Cold Like War." The group recorded in Los Angeles with producer Drew Fulk, going through myriad COVID tests (none of which were positive) and other protocols throughout the process. "I have high hopes. I think our fans are gonna receive it really well," Stephens says. "It suck (to be) sitting on it, just waiting and not even having a timeline of when this is gonna get in their hands. In a perfect world I'd want to drop it at a time like this, when everyone's really thirsty for new music and then can hear it and think, 'I've got to see this live.' And then the gates open and we can hit the road a few months later and they can all come see it live. Nobody knows how this pandemic's going to go or what's going to happen, so we don't know what the timeline's going to be yet."

We Came As Romans performs its debut album, "To Plant a Seed," virtually at 9 p.m. Friday, April 23. Tickets start at $18.50 via thebarricade.live.

Web Site: www.thebarricade.live

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