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We Came As Romans Release New Single “Tear It Down”

Photo from Billboard.com
Photo from Billboard.com

We Came As Romans premiered their new single “Tear It Down” on Billboard yesterday, and it turns out there is a long and turbulent story behind it and the rest of the new album. In the accompanying interview, vocalist Dave Stephens recounts how the band’s producer for this record, David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Papa Roach), tore their initial ideas to pieces. The result is a sound that blends metalcore with nu metal and gives extra attention to Stephens’ melodic vocals; a role for which he spent a lot of time preparing. Of his new vocal coach, Stephens says:

She made me do things like get on my knees and sing with my entire back and butt and feet against the wall and show me all kinds of strange things to show me how to sing properly — not to mention practicing two to three hours a day. But it worked; my range improved, my tone improved.

WCAR have also switched up their writing style in terms of lyricism for their upcoming self-titled work. “Tear It Down” represents a new phase in which the band isn’t afraid to shy away from their stubbornly positive words of the past:

We used to think we had to write positively about change; on this record we realized that to point out something negative or that we don’t like or makes you angry doesn’t mean positive change can’t happen.

Check out the rest of the Billboard interview here and go ahead and put “Tear It Down” on repeat. Trust us.

Music Video Of The Week: WCAR “Regenerate”

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While you’re waiting for We Came As Romans to release their self-titled album on July 24th, hold yourself over with the music video for their single “Regenerate.” Continuing with their signature optimism, this pit-maker is all about coming together to create a better future. Battle cries from vocalists Dave Stephens and Kyle Pavone echo from the middle of a vast circle pit: “This is our time to restore the faith/ Regenerate, we will be the change.” And hey, if that isn’t enough to inspire you, stay tuned for the end to watch them take baseball bats to a car. Everyone needs a little catharsis now and then, and the fans in this video sure seem to be enjoying it.