Let me first say that whenever I use the term “scene band” I mean no condescension. It’s merely a term I use to describe a band whose main demographic is teenage scene kids. Nothing wrong with that. We can all agree that objectively, there are a lot of bands out there that fall into this category. Personally, most of it is not really my cup of tea, but love it or hate it, a ton of kids out there are buying into it. It’s not that I think the music is lacking or bad (although with every genre of music comes its own swarm of mediocrity), I just don’t dig it. I’m not entirely sure why, other than I just don’t like it. Maybe I’m too old.
Similarly, I don’t feel like I should have to explain why We Came as Romans are among the best and most promising of the ‘scene’ bands. Their album To Plant a Seed on Equal Vision Records is an absolute home run if you ask me. Sure, it’s got all the hooks you’d expect of a band this young (I’m older than the whole band, to give you an idea): copious breakdowns, synth-laden techno breaks, anthemic singalongs, tons of clean vocals (for the ladies, of course), and to top it off they all look the part too. Check out their video for To Plant a Seed here. Embedding is disabled. Bummer, dude. The video looks great, though. It displays the conceptual design of the song really well, and the special effects they used are pretty sweet.
What makes WCAR stand out to me is their attention to detail. To Plant a Seed is a very well written conceptual album, and the concept behind it is one that I find hard to hate. These guys stand out because they have a true passion for what they’re doing, complemented with equal parts creativity and proficiency.
We Came as BROmans.
A couple months back I had the pleasure of seeing WCAR in Indianapolis thanks to the wonderful people at Equal Vision Records, and they hooked me up with Josh Moore, guitarist and founding member, for an interview. And of course, as soon as my classes started up, I had no time to write. But things are winding down (finally!) so better late than never, I suppose!
Read it after the jump.