We Came as Romans announced last year that they would continue without replacing their late co-vocalist Kyle Pavone and that the next step for them would be new music. Now it looks like the band is starting to take that next step. Speaking with Billboard, vocalist Dave Stephens says the band is "currently writing some stuff," with plans to really focus on their next album this summer.

"We've been throwing a few demos around," says Stephens. "I love that we're going into the studio with so much to write about and something that hits home for all of us so hard. We've never had something so terrible happen, and I think it's going to be therapeutic to write about it and be together and go through the whole process. I'm actually really looking forward to it."

The singer continued, "Every record we make some kind of progression, so there'll be a progression on this one, but I don't think we're going to do anything too drastic. It's still gonna sound like We Came As Romans."

Stephens says that the band may include some material that Pavone was working on before his death last year. "He was always writing, and I'm pretty sure he gave Lou (Cotton), our guitarist, a few different things he wrote," Stephens reports. "We're gonna try and get into his laptop, too, 'cause I'm sure he had just files and files and files of stuff there, too. So that's a goal. We would love to include him in this record as much as we can, aside from just writing about him."

Meanwhile, Stephens says it's been an adjustment serving as the band's lone vocalist, but it's one that he's valued. "Singing along to his voice makes me feel like, spiritually, he's there with me in a way, singing through me," says the singer.

Pavone died on Aug. 25, 2018 from an accidental overdose. In the aftermath of the singer's death, the band founded the Kyle Pavone Foundation to help those who are feeling disconnected in life. The band is currently on tour with dates running into late April. See their remaining stops on this tour leg here.

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