We Came As Romans are the project of Joshua Moore (guitar), David Stephens (vocals), Lou Cotton (guitar), Andy Glass (bass) and David Puckett (drums). Despite bringing the usual polish and energy you’d expect from the band, the track actually took some time to get just right.
“‘Black Hole’ was the very last song that we wrote for the record,” the band say. “We had this idea of what we wanted it to sound like, and we wrote a bunch of music for it throughout our time in L.A. But we were never really satisfied with what we created. With only a week left in the studio, we had finally created something that we were all stoked about—and it was time to put a message to the song.”
“Black Hole” follows the band’s most recent single “Darkbloom.” Like the previous track, the new song also features a sci-fi-inspired visual and deals with difficult emotions. In a press release, Stephens detailed the inspiration behind the song.
“The lyrics to ‘Black Hole’ are about dealing with the anxiety that you feel going through life,” Stephens says. “For me, at the time, [it was] the anxiety I was feeling in dealing with loss and the grieving process. But we wanted to leave the song open-ended enough for our fans to relate to with anything they were going through. That anxiety is sometimes so crushing and so heavy, and you have to deal with the weight of it, the gravity of the situations you’re in. And sometimes, it just feels like an endless cycle.”
While the song is meant to be relatable for any listener, it follows a number of other tracks from the band that were meant to help process grief following the tragic loss of singer Kyle Pavone. “Darkbloom” and “Black Hole” follow the 2019 tracks “From The First Note” and “Carry The Weight,” the first releases from the band that followed Pavone’s passing in August 2018.
Despite the personal tragedy that has informed some of the band’s recent material, the new song also captures a positive element, born of collaboration. Stephens addressed the experience of collaborating with Shomo on the track.
“When the song was complete, we sent it over to a longtime friend of ours, Caleb Shomo,” Stephens says. “We’ve been playing shows together for well over 10 years now, and we’re so happy we’ve finally had a chance to collaborate on a song together. Caleb is an amazing vocalist, and the song wouldn’t be the same without his contribution!”
“Black Hole” comes on the eve of a new tour for the band. WCAR had originally planned on a 2020 tour celebrating the anniversary of their beloved 2009 album To Plant A Seed. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the group to postpone the run.
Finally, the group are able to get back on the road. Their tour launches Sept. 29 in Philadelphia and concludes in November as the band make their return to their native Michigan. Support comes from the Devil Wears Prada, Dayseeker and Hollow Front.
You can watch the video for “Black Hole” and see dates for the To Plant A Seed tour below.
To Plant A Seed tour:
09/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
09/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
10/02 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/03 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/05 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/06 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
10/07 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
10/08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/09 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/10 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/13 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
10/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ 24 Oxford
10/17 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
10/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10/23 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
10/24 – Reno, NV @ Cargo
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/27 – Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
10/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
10/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/02 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/03 – Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum
11/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/06 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
11/07 – Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot