Ten years ago, a metaphorical seed was planted – both in the hearts of their loyal fanbase, and in the band themselves. Now, We Came As Romans are plotting a special anniversary tour, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, To Plant A Seed.
“We’re really excited to announce the 10-year-anniversary tour for our first record ‘To Plant A Seed’,” says guitarist Joshua Moore. “Being able to watch our fans connect with us through music over the last decade has been an amazing privilege, and it all started with ‘To Plant A Seed’. Way back in 2009 when we recorded it, we had no idea where it would take us or what we were really even doing, and it’s awesome to see that we can play these songs still, and feel that connection with you.”
The tour kicks off on March 5 in Chicago and runs through April 11 in Pontiac, Michigan, and will feature support from The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon, and Dayseeker.
Beautiful Oblivion, the genre-bending 3rd full-length from Issues, is likely to be one that opens all sorts of doors for the band as far as touring. With one foot planted firmly in pop + R&B, and another in rock, metal, and soul, it’s clear that Issues’ ambition is set higher than most of their peers.
Interestingly, the band has gained lots of attention from the wider music scene as a whole. One such band that’s noticed what Issues are up to is Nickelback, of all bands. While certainly the band is (somewhat unfairly) critically reviled, 2017’s Feed The Machine was far and away the best record of their career, as the band’s brand of hard rock showed genuine ambition for the first time in a while. What does this have to do with Issues, though? No, this isn’t an episode of Top 10 Anime Crossovers.
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