Stephens made the announcement on behalf of the band during a new interview with Kerrang!, where he shared with the magazine that they will continue on as a quintet, but not without taking a break.
We Came As Romans recently did a small supporting run with Bullet For My Valentine, where Stephens previously explained that while the band has been grieving over the loss Pavone, they decided it was best to continue on with the tour.
With the BFMV tour finished and the tribute show finished, Stephens told Kerrang that it’s time to take a much-deserved break to process their grief.
“I think as of now, we need some time to navigate our grief,” Stephens said. “We got the tour done and a lot of those firsts that were going to be really difficult out of the way. I guess the next first would be writing music without him, and I’m not sure when that will happen. We definitely plan on continuing on. Kyle and all of us dedicated so much time to making this happen because we all wanted it so [bad], and I know he would be pretty livid if we threw in the towel.”
As for what the next steps are, Stephens explained that the group will not be replacing Pavone, rather, they will continue on as a five-piece with Stephens continuing to sing both his and Kyle’s parts.
“We wrote those songs together and they’re still my songs as well, but it’s weird even for me singing his parts,” he says. “I’m sure it’s kind of strange to the fans and the band, but I can’t imagine how much more strange it would be to have someone else singing them permanently. We don’t ever want to add another member again, and at this point, we’re closer than ever. We wanna do our best to honour [him] and make him proud but never replace him. He definitely won’t be forgotten.”
Pavone passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 28 from what was later revealed to be an accidental overdose. That day, the band released a statement in which they shared that in lieu of flowers, information regarding charity donations would be released within the coming days, which was later revealed as the foundation.
According to the foundation’s website, it was created “out of love for Kyle by his caring family as a means for friends, colleagues and fans to remember Kyle.”
The website also included a mission statement, which reads as follows:
“The Kyle Pavone Foundation is a promise to serve and advocate for the musician community in their time of greatest need, providing hope and a means to carry on.”
For those who would like to donate to the Kyle Pavone Foundation, you can do so by donating a specified amount on the site, texting “Support KYLE” to 20222, or you can send checks or money orders to the following:
The Kyle Pavone Foundation/BCCF
32 West Michigan Ave. Suite 1
Battle Creek Michigan 49017