We Came As Romans

Going onto year four of actively interviewing bands, there are plenty that have become seven time or six time interviews. One of the bands that falls into that group are the midwestern heavyweights in We Came As Romans. Our first interview went down during their opening slot on The Emptiness tour in February of 2010 and our latest took place during their run this past summer as one of the headliners of the Scream It Like You Mean it Tour in the gret company of Attack Attack and The Acacia Strain. Their next adventure brings them to their first show in Boston, MA while they open for scene legends The Used.
Only two full lengths deep, they have become one of the biggest bands in this new wave of heavy rock and will only go up from here. In our new interview, we talked to one of the two lead vocalists Dave Stephens as well as guitarist Joshua Moore who is known as the main writer of the band. This made for a great follow up interview filled with reflections on their success so far, the new record's status and advice they would give to fellow bands just starting this crazy journey called "touring"! The boys are making a quick return to my area opening for scene legends The Used on Tuesday, definitely come out to support the band as it's their first time ever in the city performing!

We have done a few interviews with We Came As Romans over the past two years but you guys haven't really stopped. It's been constant, constant touring so maybe how is it going now compared to then? You've played the Palladium multiple times. How do you really think it's helping you?
Dave: I think it's a big reason for the success we have. We stay on the road and just put our name out there. Keeping people talking about our shows and whatever. I think it's definitely good to tour as much as possible. I feel like that's part of the reason for our success.
Josh: Yeah, this is actually the second time this year that we've played the Palladium so far and I mean we've definitely tried over the past year to really get on at an international level as well. Not just in the states and this year already by May 1st, we've gone to the Philliphines, a full European tour and Japan. Later this year, we're doing South America dates with August Burns Red. We're headlining Never Say Die in Europe and we're doing a Canadian run. I don't know if that's been announced yet. But I mean we just try to stay on the road literally everywhere, not just in the states. I think it's been working out for us.
Then I know you're only three days into Scream It but you guys are headlining the Red Tour with Attack Attack and the Blue is Acacia Strain. This is the first Gold day but maybe how have the first few shows been going, considering it's such a big bill?
Dave: It's cool! We have a lot of friends on the tour. There's always something to do, someone to talk to, someone to hang out with. It's exciting and Scream It Like You Mean It is a great tour. It's really cool to be a part of it again.
Josh: I agree. I agree with what Dave said.
Then the record's obviously been out for quite a few months now. I know you guys are constantly writing, like on the road, clearly making new music. Are you even thinking about writing the third record or is it still a little while away?
Josh: Yeah, it's in the process. Just kind of taking it a little slower just because there's no reason to rush it. There's not any set deadlines or anything right now. The few times we've been home I've been really busy and just kind of it seems like every record cycle we do, it ends up being written differently. Being timed differently and this one I guess is no different from the other two in the sense that's it completely different from the other two. So it's being worked out but just not at any particular speed I guess.
Then our first interview was way, way back during the Emptiness Tour with Alesana and you've clearly worked your way up. You've worked really hard for this and you've toured.
Josh: I remember that interview.
It was so long ago and you guys have grown so much and now all of those bands besides Alesana have opened for you in a lot of cases. Maybe what advice would you give to the bands that are on this tour with their first record just coming out or their first major tour?
Dave: I would just tell a lot of these bands to kind of work really hard and like with anything else you do, if you want to be succesful at it, you've got to give it your heart. Give it your soul. You've really got to put everything you have into it if you want it to go anywhere. Obviously, networking. Don't be mean to people for no reason. Just try to network and make friends. You want your band to have a good reputation. You want people to want to bring you on tour.
Josh: Yeah! I think hard work and respect can get you a lot of places. Not to like down talk our band but you don't have to be in the best band to be considered successful. Like you need to build a lot of bridges, have a lot of connections by working really hard and being respectful to other bands like everyone else. I mean that really shows through. You can tell on tour if it's a band's first tour. I mean you can always tell if it's their first tour but you can tell if they are going places. if they're not. If they have egos already. If they are grateful to be there. It says a lot about who you are, what kind of person you are to work with and being on the road can be super, super stressful but no one wants to work with some one that's going to suck to work with. Say if your name comes up and you are the hard working band and you're difficult, you're whiny, no one is going to be like yeah definitely put them on this tour! Because I want to listen to a band whine for a month. You know what I mean? No, be like those guys are are really awesome. They were there every day on time, they loaded in all their gear, loaded it out and never complained.
Then you already talked a lot about what's coming up. Obviously you guys are going to keep on touring and doing what you've been doing which is clearly working but maybe a softer one to end. Obviously this is a tour where you have some common threads of bands on the tour but everyone has their sub genres from deathcore to purely clean singing like Hands Like Houses and that kind of thing. If you could write with anyone on this tour, who do you think it would be? Like it could be a match or make no sense at all. Just something where you're maybe a fan of a band.
Josh: Yeah, if I'd write with anyone on this tour, it would probably just be Close To Home just because we've been friends with them since before we were anything. We toured with them back when we were booking our own tours and playing to like twenty five kids.
Dave: Actually, personally, I've written with them already.
Josh: Yeah! Dave has already written.
Dave: Yeah, I'm on their new EP!
Josh: I'd actually probably as well pick Attack Attack just because Caleb is just an amazingly talented young individual.
Dave: And he's very cool!
Josh: Yeah, he's also cool. He's a sweetie. A little sweetheart!
Is he 21 yet?
Josh: No, he's only 19. A baby.
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Fake Problems

Fake Problems has always been a stand out in the punk scene yet always seemed to fly under the radar. That time is over. The band is finally breaking into the studio to record their much anticipated follow up to 'Real Ghosts Caught on Tape' that allowed them to tour steadily be it with Warped Tour, Against Me!, a headlining run, Hellogoodbye, The Starting Line and a million more bands. Fresh off Side One Dummy records, the band currently find themselves label-less but that home will soon be found on a new record label. I have steadily interviewed the vocalist and main songwriter Chris Farren over the record cycle and most recently sat down with him a few minutes before he took the stage opening for The Starting Line in Boston this December. We were treated to a few new tracks and those songs definitely differ a bit from the last release in a great way. Read on for my exclusive with Chris and be ready for them to hit the road once again in the new year after they finish their new record!

You're playing these shows with The Starting Line, you toured with Against Me! in November. Are you going to be touring a lot more in 2012?
In 2013 (laughs), we will be touring. Our main focus right now at the beginning of the year is to finish our record. We have it written we just have to record it. We have to figure out who's going to put it out and that kind of business. We're zero-ing in on stuff.

Maybe you are currently label-less as of now. How has that been working on this record? Has that changed the process at all?
It's nice because we don't have anybody to answer to so we kind of can do whatever. We could always do whatever we want but we don't have to like show it to anybody. Like 'What do you think?!' We can just kind of like it or hate it on our own and I'm pretty happy with that right now.

Then considering it has been a little bit of a path to this new record and a while in time, do you think it's changed a lot or will they recognize it as pretty quickly Fake Problems?
It's very Fake Problems. I think our last record we kind of learned alot about how we write songs and how we make music. So we're taking a lot from that and it's not the same vibe as the last record. It's definitely a lot more powerful, a bit more rock if that makes sense. It's not so beachy. It's not a throwback or anything. It's more modern I'd say.

Then it has been a few years since 'Songs for Teenagers'. Were there a lot of songs that you then threw away or all of these songs that have been kept?
Well, I've written a hundred songs for the record and when we go into record, we'll probably bring twenty in and then whittle it down to like fourteen. Also in these twenty, I think there is a pretty cohesive idea in there and of the other eighty, it's just a bunch of nonsense. It's all over the place. It's crazy.

Since you have been a band for five years-
Since 2005 so it's seven years.
Has that writing process changed over time? The band writing more together or still pretty similiar?
The writing has always worked as I'll write a song on either a acoustic guitar or like layer it on my computer and then bring it to the band. Then everybody will write their own parts so that's really how is it still.
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Karmin

We all know about internet success stories. Some fade out after one hit while others go onto enjoy huge music careers, both types have been interviewed by myself. One stand out of 2012 though is the incredibly charming duo Karmin. Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann met at Berklee College of Music in Boston and from there, they skyrocketed into the group that won the city's Artist of the Year award, dropped their first mainstream debut 'Hello' EP and graced the cover of Rolling Stone!

While not only being one of the biggest groups of this year, they are doing it as an engaged couple which only assists in their charm and clearly allows their songwriting process to flow much easier. As Nick talks about in our exclusive interview at their Boston Jingleball appearance, they have incredibly similiar sensibilities when it comes to music appreciation and it is sure to only come easier as the band continues to grow. As Myspace makes a come back and bands continue to tour more and more, they are sure to be flying all over your radar in 2013 even more so then they've done in this past year.

This is where you went to school at Berklee which is obviously a very well known music school. Do you think that having that Berklee education has affected your music today? What you learned at school? I know Karmin was founded during that time.
Amy: Yes! Before Berklee, we were just small town folks. We were like the big fish in the little pond or whatever so Berklee really opened my eyes to a lot of different types of music. I had never heard of a lot of Michael Jackson's stuff before. I was very closed off.
Nick: No, I think it did a lot. I was actually a trombone player. That was what I had planned to study, that's what I got the scholarship for. So it definitely changed my thinking.

You two have come a long way in the past year or so. You won an AMA, you were just in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade. What's been the moment where you were like this could be something big. So one of your biggest moments, like your 'oh' moment.
Nick: There's been a couple actually! I think when we did SNL this February which feels like fourteen years ago but it was this year and we didn't have an album out. The songs that we performed weren't even released yet so that was pretty cool to do that, that early.
Amy: Our fans voted us onto the cover of Rolling Stone which was priceless. Really amazing! I mean we're like running out of things on our bucket list now so we're just getting creative.
Nick: Yeah I mean those are definitely two things that are pretty awesome.
Amy: Amazing to us. We also won the Boston Music Award the other night for Artist of the Year. It's an honor! Especially from our home city. Where we met and started Karmin. That's one of the most touching awards I think we've ever had.

Then the debut record came out earlier this year but I read somewhere that you're already working on your next album. Is that because the debut did take a while because you have been Karmin for a pretty long time now?
Amy: Yeah, we've been a band for like three years.
Nick: It's been three years so it hasn't been too, too long.
Amy: We did the Youtube phase, we signed with the label a little over a year ago so not too long ago. We did the EP! The 'Hello' EP and we sold over two million singles at this point which is awesome. I don't know what the sales are on the EP but we were like 'I think it's time for a full length. Let's do a real like full album' so that's going to be spring I think, 2013.

Then it's well known knowledge that you are engaged and you have been together for a very long time now. Do you think that affects the songwriting process? Like because you guys have each other to bounce ideas off of?
Nick: Absolutely, yeah! It's interesting because we do write very similiarly. We have a similiar writing process.
Amy: We do!
Nick: And we listen to music the same way. Like we react to things that we think are good the same way so there are a lot of similiarities. There we go! So it actually, thank god, because otherwise it would be really hard.
Amy: We agree on music stuff more then we do on personal stuff sometimes.
Nick: You know we like agree on music stuff more then we do on personal (both laugh).
Amy: Exactly. Love you!

Then maybe for each of you a soft one! The first CD or first cassette you both ever bought as a kid then the first concert you ever went to?
Amy: The first CD I ever got was Ace of Base 'The Sign'. Still is one of my favorite albums. They're amazing.
Nick: My first CD I ever got was (laughs) 'Bonafide' actually.
Amy: It's a trombone album.
Nick: Trombone album actually.
Amy: And our new album has a lot of trombone on it.
Nick: It is not called 'Bonafide'. Yet!
Amy: Then you said first concert? Mine was a Christian boy band called Plus One.
Nick: Christian boy band called Public Enemy.
Totally a Christian boy band.
Nick: Mine was 3 Doors Down actually. One of my first ones, yeah!

Then to end it all off! You had Jingle Ball last night, again tonight here in Boston. I know you're about to fly to Miami for another show tomorrow morning but what is coming up? Are you going to be focusing on that new record? I know you really haven't headlined that much yet, are you planning on touring? What's going to be going on?
Amy: Yeah, it's been an interesting ride because we are trying to find somebody that is a great fit for us if we're going to co-tour with somebody. He's back here moving his lips like silently. We just always interview together so we always know what the other person is going to say. We kind of have talked to a few artists. I think we'll find somebody to tour with but we also would love to go out on our own! Like we love doing shows on our own. Our fan base are all friends with each other.
Nick: It's an ego thing.
Amy: Oh yeah! We're better then everyone.
Nick: But yeah. A lot of this year was kind of like the promotion and the radio and stuff like that which is great because you play for a lot of crowds and playing live is one of the things we're most excited about. So we're very proud of that but we're definitely going to be doing a lot of more getting into touring next year.
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Hell or Highwater

The Darkness are one of the most prolific British imports so their opener is always sure to be a stand out rock and roll group filled with insane performers. Last time they crossed over to our side of the ocean, they had Ohio wild childs Foxy Shazam opening and this time they are bringing out Brandon Saller of Atreyu's current project Hell or Highwater! While still new to the touring scene as this band, they did spend their summer on the Uproar Festival and with a hard drop of their debut record 'Begin Again' in February, this is sure to be only the beginning of their touring and band success.
Prior to their time on the road with The Darkness, I grabbed a few minutes with Brandon to discuss the upcoming full length release as well as what he most looks forward to during those shows. We'll be out at their show in Boston January 19th and you probably should be too! To find out when they'll be playing near you, just check out their website for all dates!

What are the three touring essentials that you must bring with you while on the road? Phone. iPod. A good attitude!
The debut record for the band drops February 5th. How did you go about the songwriting for this release considering it is the official "debut" record? How long has it been in the process?
I had written the majority of the record on my own. Once I found the rest of the band we finished writing the album as a group. It was a really natural proccess which was crazy because we barely knew eachother. The chemistry was instant. The album had a soft release that allowed us to do the uproar tour etcetera. We are really excited to finally have a hard release and get the music in stores.
Are there any expectations going into this record release considering past musical successes?
In my eyes, each of our previous musical endevours had a greatness and success in themselves. This is a new band with new music and new members. Fans of our previous work might love and appreciate HOH if they liked our previous bands due to the song writers but it is a different beast.

How did Hell or Highwater come to be?
I had the vision for hoh for some time. Once the opportunity arose to make it happen, I found a solid band and we started ripping.
We know about the US run you'll be embarking on with The Darkness. What are you most looking forward to with these shows? Are there other bands that would be a dream for you to tour with?
We are all fans of The Darkness so were psyched to be out with them. We also feel that The Darkness fans are true music fans and they are also coming to have a good time. I think we will connect with them on an awesome level. Some dream tours id say would be Foo fighters, My chemical romance, Biffy Clyro. You know. Good rock bands.

What was the first CD/Cassette you bought as a kid?
beastie boys. License to ill and radiogram creep cassette single

What was the first concert you went to and do you think either of those musical experiences influence the style you're doing today?
Voodoo glow skulls at a skate park. It just dug me into punk.

What's coming up with in the next few months for the band post Darkness tour? More touring, even writing again so soon?
We hope to be on tour most of the year all while writing the next album.
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