We Came As Romans vocalist Dave Stephens has told Kerrang! that the band will write new music following the death of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone.
Following a stint on the road supporting Bullet For My Valentine across the US, the band recently performed a memorial show at the Fillmore Detroit in late October. But, as Stephens says, the surviving members plan to take some time to process the loss of their friend and bandmate.
“I think as of now, we need some time to navigate our grief," Stephens tells K!. "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 band, and I know he would be pretty livid if we threw in the towel.”
Stephens confirms that there are no plans to replace Pavone and the band will continue as a quintet.
“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.”
A foundation has been set up in Kyle’s name, and you can find out more about that at this location.
Read the full interview in the latest issue of Kerrang!, on sale now.