We Came As Romans is a six-person “melodic metalcore” band that hails from Troy, Michigan. And now you are asking yourself why Country Music #CMchat would be covering a band that is defined as such, but trust me when I tell you that you will certainly understand and appreciate the coverage by the end of this post.
Upcoming album Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 is a compilation album in the Punk Goes Pop series, created and released by Fearless Records. The series originated in 2002, enlisting various artists to cover pop songs, and has carried on over the last twelve years, now embarking on its sixth offering. The sixth edition not only goes pop, but goes country/pop, as it includes a cover by We Came As Romans of Taylor Swift’s often covered (and spoofed) hit single “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Are you still with me? I promise, you won’t regret it.
We Came As Romans puts an interesting and positively astonishing twist on Taylor’s Number 1 hit song (in Top 40 formats), most obviously coming into play in the bridge leading into the chorus. This is when the hard rock kicks in, the electric guitars and drums enter the scene, and the vocalists shift from a simple (albeit complex in range) delivery to something more akin to an alternative belt. The second verse of the song continues with the “punk” approach, consisting of jaw-dropping vocals, stellar instrumentation, and a vibe unexpected from those who are already familiar with the original version of the track.
Perhaps the most interesting and enticing thing about this band is the ability of both vocalists to capture a listener in startlingly different ways, employing their extremely distinguished voices and bringing forth separate flavors to adopt this song as if it was their own. Of course, the band that plays behind these vocalists cannot go unnoticed, as their support is what makes their version of “I Knew You Were Trouble” uniquely theirs and worthy of the utmost praise.
We Came As Romans, you have piqued my interest immensely. What do you all think? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Watch We Came As Romans cover “I Knew You Were Trouble”:
Watch Taylor Swift’s original video:
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01. Tyler Carter (feat. Luke Holland) – “Ain’t It Fun”
02. August Burns Red – “Wrecking Ball”
03. We Came As Romans – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
04. Upon A Burning Body (feat. Ice-T) – “Turn Down For What”
05. Set It Off – “Problem”
06. Crown The Empire – “Burn”
07. Oceans Ate Alaska – “Drunk In Love”
08. Youth In Revolt – “Royals”
09. Volumes – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
10. Knuckle Puck – “Chocolate”
11. Slaves – “Sweater Weather”
12. State Champs – “Stay The Night”
13. Palisades – “Happy”