Joshua Moore says the waiting is indeed the hardest part for Detroit modern rock group We Came As Romans’ second album, “Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be,” which comes out Sept. 13.
“During the course of the Warped Tour this summer, every day or every other day we were getting masters back of different songs and stuff,” recalls Moore, 21, who co-founded the sextet six years ago in Troy and now resides in Ferndale. “The anticipation of finally releasing new music right now is at its greatest. We’re so close to releasing the actual CD. ...”
We Came As Romans certainly made some friends with its 2009 debut, “To Plant a Seed.” The album sold more than 75,000 copies and made its way onto the Billboard 200 and into the Top 30 of the Independent Albums chart, while the title track and “To Move On is to Grow” were embraced by alternative rock radio programmers. Moore says the goal of “Understanding ...” then, was to build on those inroads and find some fresh directions without moving away from the first album’s sound.
“No one wants or expects ‘Plant a Seed Vol. 2,” Moore explains, “but it was a big deal to me and the rest of the band to try and establish a sound that is our own. We want someone to listen to us and be able to tell it was We Came As Romans.
“That’s really tough, and at the end of the day you don’t know if you’ve done it. It’s gong to be up to whoever’s listening and whatever they decide, but to me and the rest of the band we think we’ve done a really, really good job of following the natural progression of where our band should go and still retaining what made us We Came As Romans in the first place.”
We Came As Romans celebrates the release of “Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Miss May I, Of Mice and Men, Texas In July and Close to Home will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show. A free listening party for “Understanding ... ” also takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the Pike Room at the Crofoot. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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