As part of our ongoing commitment to helping educate and protect against the danger of substance abuse. The Kyle Pavone Foundation has launched an initiative to provide Naloxone and Narcan training to artists and crew members at music festivals and live events nationwide during the summer of 2022.
The program will consist of distributing Narcan free of cost to artists and crew after being trained in the safe and proper administration of it. The training will be offered daily backstage to anyone interested. In addition, we will be educating people on the details of the Good Samaritan Law and how it applies to these situations.
The proceeds from our merch stand and donations will be used to fund this initiative so make sure to stop by our tent. We look forward to seeing everyone as we bring this program across the country.
Wishing everyone an awesome and safe summer.
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Kyle Cares Scholarship Provides COVID-19 Relief to Struggling Musicians
2020 has been a difficult year for many, including musicians. Relying heavily on live performances as a source of income, the arrival of COVID-19 meant that performing in person for a live audience was out of the question. In response to the struggle that many musicians are currently facing, the Kyle Pavone Foundation worked with the Battle Creek Community Foundation to establish the Kyle Cares Scholarship in order to help ease the financial burden of COVID-19. Up to $1,000 will be awarded per applicant until scholarship funds are exhausted.
“In honor of our son Kyle Pavone, we wanted to do something that would help musicians during this time of great need,” said Vince and Caroline Pavone, parents of Kyle Pavone. “Even under normal circumstances, the life of a musician can be a lot to handle, and the current situation we’re living in only amplifies that struggle. We thought the best thing we could do, what Kyle would want us to do, is to help musicians who are facing difficult times because of circumstances that are beyond their control.”
The scholarship is available to musicians who have encountered a hardship due to COVID-19 and in need of financial assistance to help with mental/physical health, substance abuse treatment, nutrition/food deficits, or housing. Interested applicants should go to https://kylepavonefoundation.org/kylecares/ to submit an application. Applicants will be notified within three business weeks.
“Since Kyle’s passing, we’ve always said that the opposite of addiction is connection,” the Pavones said. “If we can help even just one musician get through these tough times, stay connected to loved ones, and help them continue to pursue their dreams, then we’ve done something Kyle would be proud of.”
Kyle Pavone, former frontman of We Came As Romans, passed away tragically in 2018 due to an accidental overdose. His family established The Kyle Pavone Foundation to provide education, awareness, and compassion to those suffering from addiction and their families. Learn more at kylepavonefoundation.org
Post-hardcore band, We Came as Romans are taking over Empire Control Room & Garage this summer on Tuesday, August 4th as part of their To Plant a Seed 10 Year Anniversary Tour. Joining them will be metalcore bands The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon and Dayseeker. Doors to the venue open at 7:00 pm and the first band will light the stage up an hour later at 8. The show is for all ages with a $5 surcharge for minors and general admission tickets are going for $27 and trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.
We Came as Romans formed in Troy, Michigan in 2005 and have undergone multiple lineup changes over the years but their message has always remained clear – to overcome your demons and rise above them. The band released their debut album To Plant a Seed in 2009 and continued to create refreshing danceable metalcore with melodic undertones. Contrary to most bands of the genre, We Came as Romans channel emotions of deeper consciousness with lyrics that promote hopefulness during the darkest of times. With their unique approach, they have made their way to becoming one of the most enduring hardcore bands of our time.
After the tragic death of vocalist and keyboardist Kyle Pavone in 2018, We Came as Romans came to the decision to move forward as a band but had no interest in replacing Pavone. It’s been an extremely difficult time for the band after losing a good friend and fellow bandmate as we can all imagine. However, as they work on a new album, they are taking the time to put much thought and care into every aspect of it so patience from the fans will be very rewarding. Currently, they are getting ready for their 2020 tour in which they will play To Plant a Seed in its entirety and as they continue to carry on, they want to put out music that displays hope and gratitude in the memory of their fallen friend, and they are already fulfilling that desire.
Come support and embrace the music of We Came as Romans and other great names in post-hardcore at Empire this August!
We Came as Romans: To Plant a Seed 10 Year Anniversary Tour w/ The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon & Dayseeker
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Kyle’s death shocked those within the metal and hardcore communities, who knew the singer as a good-natured frontman with a big heart. In a statement made by the band announcing Kyle’s death, We Came As Romans said, “All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent.” In an Instagram post, guitarist Joshua Moore described Kyle as “the craziest, goofiest, most funny and lovable kid.”
However, like many musicians, Kyle struggled with addiction issues. His death at a young age is one that has become regrettably routine for fans of rock music, in which those struggling with mental health or personal issues often find no other way out than substance abuse. But, as Kyle’s family put it when they released his cause of death shortly after the singer’s passing, “The opposite of addiction is connection. If you are feeling disconnected or lost, there is help.”
“These songs meant the world to Kyle,” said co-vocalist Dave Stephens at the concert. “[The Fillmore] was his favourite place to be. He’d probably hate that we were all crying, but he wouldn’t hate this many people being in this room – and he wouldn’t have hated all his best friends being here and singing songs.”
Guitarist Joshua Moore says: “From The First Note is a song the celebrates the time that we got to spend with Kyle and acknowledges how truly remarkable of a brother and bandmate he was.
“Lyrically, I was able to reference To Plant A Seed and Tracing Back Roots, which were both written about the start of the band and how we lived together. I was able to take Kyle’s recorded vocal from TPAS and fit it into the bridge of the song, so we can always hear him when we listen and play it.”
Bassist Andy Glass adds: “We wrote From The First Note as a promise to Kyle to not only preserve the amazing moments and memories we had together, but to continue carrying on the legacy of everything we built together.
“The video portrays the band playing in a dream-like state, surrounded by beautiful colours and flowers. Our albums throughout the years have had themes of roots, branches, and overall growth. So we felt it was only right to create something that not only captured that essence but persevered it as well.”
We Came As Romans will head out on a US tour later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of To Plant A Seed, where they’ll be joined by The Devil Wears Prada, Gideo and Dayseeker.
Moore says: “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.
“But over the course of 10 years, we’ve released four other albums and we’re even working on a fifth! With that being said, we are going to be throwing these songs into the vault of old We Came As Romans – and retiring them from all future setlists after this tour. So make sure you grab your tickets and come hear these songs one last time live.”
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We Came As Romans – From The First Note (Official Music Video)