We Came As Romans, The Word Alive, Escape The Fate

Mike Judy Presents

We Came As Romans

The Word Alive

Escape The Fate

Broken Youth

Thu, November 30, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Ready Room

St. Louis, MO

$20.00 - $23.00

This event is all ages

We Came As Romans
We Came As Romans
"Though we've grown as individuals, musicians, and as a band over the years, we have never changed the meaning behind what our band is, and if anything, on this record we found greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners," explains We Came As Romans' lyricist and guitarist Joshua Moore, in regards to the band's musical evolution. "I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album."

The Detroit, MI-based band will release their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, on July 23 via Equal Vision Records.

The eleven track album follows Understanding What We've Grown To Be, which was released in September 2011 and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Current Top 200. To date, Understanding What We've Grown To Be and the band's debut-full-length, To Plant A Seed, have sold over 183,000 copies combined. Additional Billboard Chart debut placements for Understanding What We've Grown To Be included: #5 on Top Hard Music, #7 Independent, #10 Top Current Rock, #15 Current Digital, and #21 on the Top 200 Album Chart.

In March 2013, the band travelled to Los Angeles to record the highly anticipated follow-up album, teaming up with renowned producer John Feldmann [The Used, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low]."It was a true joy to be included in Tracing Back Roots," notes Feldmann. "We Came As Romans push the boundaries of what modern alternative music should be, while staying authentic to their roots. One of the few new bands to keep true to their vision while developing as artists."

Moore adds, "It was honestly a dream come true for the band to be working with John Feldmann, with him being so well-respected and having produced some of our favorite CDs growing up. He brought this amazing new perspective to our group and really pushed me to step outside the box as a writer. I truly believe that this next record is all of the best elements of what we have done so far in music, combined with where we want to go and the music we want to play going forward."

The new album most notably showcases vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light, with the incorporation of his clean singing for the first time ever. In addition to his signature powerful, yet articulate, screams, Stephens now also displays rich melodic tones and gritty textures, that perfectly balances the soaring, smooth croons of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone. Musically the album expands on the anthemic, inspiring quality of the band's recently released single "Hope", offering sweeping guitars interlaced with delicate synth interludes and explosive percussive elements. The resulting album is their catchiest and most universally relatable music to date.

The haunting, intricate album artwork for Tracing Back Roots was illustrated by the incredibly talented Paul Romano [Chiodos, Mastodon], who also created the covers for the band's two previous full-lengths. Romano and We Came As Romans' bassist Andrew Glass collaborated on the artistic direction of each cover, with the newest one incorporating and elaborating on elements within the first two covers. Glass explains, "The imagery is based on the idea of moving forward with the knowledge that we have learned about ourselves throughout the years, from the darkest to brightest times in life. It represents our continuous work towards transforming into the people we want to be, while always remembering our roots that made us who we are."

Tracing Back Roots will be released around the world through partnerships with Nuclear Blast [Europe, South Africa, Russia], We Are Unified [Australia, New Zealand], Triple Vision Records [Japan] and through Equal Vision Records for North America and all remaining territories.

We Came As Romans formed in 2005 and is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass].

The band has appeared on the covers of Alternative Press (twice) and Substream Music Press magazines, on the front pages of the NJ Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Weekly, and The Metro (Detroit) newspapers, in exclusive features in Journeys stores and in Hot Topic's back-to-school campaign, and appeared on RollingStone.com, Nikon.com, MTV Buzzworthy Blog, Axe Body Spray Sites, and Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

In addition to their unique sound and positive message, We Came As Romans has become well-known for their impressive commitment to touring. In 2012 the band charged through extensive worldwide touring, including performances in the UK/Europe, Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, North and South America and more, with the likes of The Used, Megadeth, NOFX, Parkway Drive, GWAR, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, and The Devil Wears Prada. This summer, We Came As Romans will perform on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour as a Main Stage artist � their second time on the full tour � with expansive stateside and international touring to follow throughout the fall and winter.
The Word Alive
The Word Alive
A full-length debut is a pivotal moment for most bands, but for Phoenix, AZ natives the Word Alive, it's a battle-tested triumph. Considering the countless miles the band has traveled since their 2009 EP release, Empire, and the obstacles the six-piece has had to overcome along the way, every track of Deceiver pulsates with the passion and fury of a conquering army, and is the very definition of "shock and awe."

After traveling to Ocala, FL to record with up-and-coming producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, VersaEmerge), The Word Alive resurfaced from the studio armed with debut album Deceiver, a challenging, genre-bending opus that fully showcases the considerable abilities of one of heavy music's true rising talents. Mastered by Alan Douches and featuring guest performances by Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans and Levi Benton of Miss May I, the album offers fans all that they love about The Word Alive and so much more.

The Word Alive truly made their impact in 2009 when they released their debut EP Empire, which sold more than 20,000 copies and spent time on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and singer Tyler "Telle" Smith's hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow.

"On Deceiver, we wanted to take everything that we did on the EP and boost it times ten," says Smith. "We got to do everything that we feel represents us on this album. In some parts it sounds like you could almost be listening to an ambient/indie band because of the electronic influences, in other parts it's dark and almost creepy. We spent a lot of time before writing the album thinking of how we could sample other instruments to really add depth—either keyboard parts that Dusty [Riach, keyboardist] would do, or cello, violins and different percussion instruments.

"One thing's for sure," Smith adds. "On this album, when we're heavy, we're way heavier."

A major difference to note among Deceiver's blistering instrumentation is the hefty contributions of new drummer Justin Salinas, formerly of My Children My Bride and Scars of Tomorrow. With Salinas now in the fold, TWA is ready to take on the world.

"Deceiver is not a concept album, but it's got a lot of heavy theme stuff that goes along with the title," explains Smith. "Over the past year, we've gone through some big changes, and we poured those experiences into this album."

The group kept the road ever-present in mind when writing much of Deceiver, knowing that massive touring would be in the immediate future. Their intense touring schedule in support of the album has included a summer run on Warped Tour 2010, as well as tours with Bleeding Through, A Day To Remember and Underoath. 2011 is poised to be their biggest yet, with U.S. and European tours with We Came As Romans and a full summer on Vans Warped Tour, followed by a slot on Soundwave Revolution in Australia and a U.S. run for the fall.

"We really wanted it to be an experience when you come to our show," says Smith. "What I think a lot of musicians forget is that people are paying to be entertained. With this album we definitely thought of the live show, and how we could make every fan, or even a person who's never heard of us, think, 'Man, it sounded like there were 15 people up there, and it was just awesome.'"

The Word Alive's debut album Deceiver is available now. The Deceiver: Deluxe Edition featuring two new tracks, remixes and videos is also now available digitally.
Escape The Fate
Escape The Fate
4 piece post-hardcore band from Las Vegas, NV. Formed in 2004

Current members:
TJ Bell – bass guitar (2012-2013); rhythm guitar, vocals (since 2013)
Craig Mabbitt – lead vocals (since 2008)
Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft – lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2013)
Robert Ortiz – drums, percussion (since 2004)

Past members:
Carson Allen – keyboards, synthesizers, vocals (2005–2006)
Omar Espinosa – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004–2007)
Ronnie Radke – lead vocals (2004–2008)
Bryan "Monte" Money – lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–2013); keyboards, synthesizers (2008–2013)
Michael Money – rhythm guitar (2012–2013)
Max Green – bass guitar, vocals (2004–2012; 2013–2014)
Venue Information:
The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO, 63110
http://www.thereadyroom.com