Horrible news has come from the We Came As Romans camp today, with reports coming out about the passing of clean singer, Kyle Pavone. No word has been said on vocalist’s cause of the death just yet. Namely, as it’s still such a recent loss. However, the band has stated they will provide information in the coming days on charities that friends and supporters can donate to in lieu of other thoughtful well-wishes about this sudden passing.
Kyle joined the Michigan post-hardcore/metalcore group back in 2008 and has been an integral part of all of their releases ever since, from 2009’s ‘To Plant A Seed‘ up to 2017’s ‘Cold Like War‘ LP.
The band initially broke the news about Kyle’s death to friends and fans via social media overnight, writing:
“Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief. “Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”
— We Came As Romans (@wecameasromans) August 25, 2018
We Came As Romans guitarist Joshua Moore also confirmed the terrible news on his Instagram, saying: “I love this picture so much because it shows you how I’ll always remember you. The craziest, goofiest, most funny and lovable kid. I miss you so much.”
One anecdotal story I heard today, as so much love and support flow in for Kyle, his family and his bandmates, was actually from my brother and former KYS writer, Matty Sievers. He told me how back in 2014, he was set to interview Kyle while We Came As Romans were here in Melbourne on-tour with In Hearts Wake. The interview ended up running behind schedule as Kyle had been caught up talking with fans; getting photos, and what not. But instead of just blowing off some teenage interviewer, the singer still showed up, gave Matty the full designated interview time, was a lovely person to chat with, and with all of this happening on the vocalist’s birthday too. And that’s just one such story about Kyle’s kindness and authenticity that’s been shared around today.
The band’s lyric – “Will I be remembered or will I be lost in loving eyes?” – is also making it around the online world a lot right now, a specific line from the group’s 2017 song, ‘Promise Me‘. It was also one of the last things that Kyle tweeted; haunting now in retrospect. While I’m personally not a fan of ‘Cold Like War‘ nor WCAR’s overall music in the slightest, that’s irrelevant. Fan or not, this young man’s passing is still saddening and he will be remembered fondly.
Myself and the rest of Killyourstereo.com extend our thoughts and best wishes to Kyle’s friends, family, and bandmates. Rest in power.