As the Rock Yourself To Sleep tour was wrapping up, we got to snag some time to talk to Joshua Moore and Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans about touring, projects, and what rocks them to sleep at night on the road.
The “Rock Yourself To Sleep” tour is just about to close up shop. Aside from being the headliners, is there anything that made this tour stand out to you?
Dave: I loved our support bands. They were a great group of guys, in addition to being in awesome bands. Motel 6 also treated us so well with the free hotel rooms they gave all the bands every night!
On this tour, you got to play with your label-mates, Texas in July. Were both bands close before the tour started?
Dave: We were fans of the band before this tour, but we didn’t know them on a personal level. Now that we’ve been able to spend time with them, we are definitely close!
In addition to touring with Texas in July, you also got to spend some time with The Word Alive, which both of you have worked with previously [Joshua wrote the lyrics for Dave’s part in “The Wretched”, and Dave and Joshua wrote the melody together.] How was hanging out on tour with them?
Joshua: Although I was only on about ten days of this tour, I have hung out with The Word Alive every day. They’re my brothers and my best friends and I loved having them on tour.
Sticking with the theme of “rocking yourself to sleep,” what music on your iPod helps you catch some much-needed Z’s on the road?
Dave: Explosions In the Sky can make me fall asleep anytime, anywhere haha.
To a lot of our readers, We Came As Romans is still a relatively new band. Can you give us a little history about you guys?
Joshua: Dave and I are the only original members left, we started the band in July 2005 with three other friends and from there we went through a ton of member changes until we finally found the groove we fit in. Once we found that groove we found the purpose we wanted, the meaning behind the band and just went with it.
A few weeks ago, Josh, you became very ill on the tour. Can you give us an update on how you’re doing? Are you feeling any better?
Joshua: Yeah, I’m doing fine! I got back about a week ago and I’m doing all better now and rejoined the tour a week ago. It was insanely scary and I’m definitely blessed to be here and be completely healthy.
After this tour you guys are scheduled to go into the studio with Joey Sturgis who you’ve worked with before. What was behind the decision to work with him again?
Joshua: It was really a no brainer to work with Joey again. He’s an awesome dude and it’s fun enough just hanging out and goofing around with him, but he is also an amazing producer. When we’re in the studio, he and I click SO well. He knows the sound we’re going for and we see eye to eye on almost everything musical that We Came As Romans wants to do.
We Came As Romans is part of a music scene that writes songs that are primarily angsty and dark, yet all of your songs have a positive message. Why do you feel it’s important for you to provide this kind of message?
Dave: We’re all positive people and we want our listeners to feel the kind of happiness we feel from it. If everyone took care of each other, loved each other, and spread positivity, we feel that things in this world would function much better.
For 2011, it looks like you guys are going to be on the road nearly the entire year. How do you feel about that?
Joshua: We feel great about it! It’s really what we wanted to do. We all want to be on the road, we all love being on the road, and it’s the best way that we can tell kids what we’re all about.
This spring, you’re heading out with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce the Veil for The Game Changers Tour. What are you most looking forward to?
Dave: Playing in front of thousands of people in arenas almost every night is going to be unreal. I’m going to lose sleep from my excitement though haha. Thank God for Explosions In the Sky haha.
Not long after that tour wraps, you guys will be heading out on Warped Tour. Are you guys ready for the heat?
Joshua: Warped Tour is a dream for the entire band, and I’m pretty sure we’d go through anything to stay on it!