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Interview:
Troy's We Came As Romans continues to rack up conquests
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's fair to say We Came As Romans has been on a major roll during the past couple of years.

"Tracing Back Roots," the hard-rocking sextet from Troy's 2013 album, debuted at an impressive No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. And its new concert DVD, "Present, Future, and Past," bowed at No. 1 on the Music DVD charts, even beating out Metallica's 10th anniversary edition of "Some Kind of Monster."

"That was cool," notes singer Dave Stephens, WCAR's oldest member at 26. "I wouldn't say we're a bigger band than (Metallic) by any means, but it's cool to be able to say we beat them out."

Stephens and his bandmates were also pleased with how the DVD came out in general. "We're definitely the type of band that loves playing; you can tell by our schedule we like to tour and play live shows," he explains. "We just wanted to show our fans that energy we have and the passion we have live.

"And a lot of people who haven't been able to make our shows, for whatever reason, this is a way for them to see a show -- probably the next best thing to being there. But being there is definitely better."

WCAR also had some fun this year recording a cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" for the latest "Pop Goes Punk" compilation. The group was presented a list of possible songs, but Stephens says that the opportunity to cover Swift "was a deciding factor. We're all in love with her on a personal level, too, not just musically." Swift hasn't commented on WCAR's version of the song yet, but Stephens and company are cautiously optimistic.

"It Was cool when The Wanted hear our cover of 'Glad You Came;' they tweeted out the video and tweeted at us, so it was cool to feel that love," Stephens says. "We're hoping for the same thing from Taylor. The video's over two million views so far, so hopefully it keeps growing and if people keep talking about it maybe it will catch her eye."

And if Swift reaches out to WCAR? "I think it's every man for himself," Stephens predicts. "I'm sure all of us would go at it to get to her."

WCAR is currently writing songs for its fourth album, which the group plans to release next year in conjunction with its 10th anniversary as a band.

We Came As Romans, Chiodos, Sleepwave and Slaves

Wednesday, Dec. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St. Pontiac.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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