We Came As Romans were rocked when their clean vocalist Kyle Pavone passed away from an accidental overdose on August 25, 2018. This song finds the band paying tribute to their fallen comrade.
I won't forget the memories, I know
You'll always be a part of me, and
Every way you changed me still shines through
Guitarist and lyricist Joshua Moore had written the music for the song in his bedroom a month or so before Pavone's death. He'd held onto it as it was a track he really believed in. A year later, he added the lyrics in which he reminisces on the time they've had together as a band with Kyle. Moore explained to Kerrang:
"Our lives and this band will forever be changed and affected by us having had the privilege of being friends and bandmates with him. When you're going through this journey of loss, you feel the whole wide range of emotions."
The song makes reference to and samples the lead single of We Came as Romans' debut album, To Plant a Seed.
All the words you sang
We sing them back for you
From the first note
And all the words you sang
Moore recalled to Kerrang: "It's what started our entire career. We were just kids, playing shows to 70 people, getting paid $70 a night. That song and that record propelled us into this world we're in now. In that song, Kyle sang the words, 'My future started with the first note I ever played. The first note that was ever sang,' which was our way of saying it was meant to be, because we always wanted to be in a band, connecting with people through music."
Moore added that the band took Pavone's vocal stem from "To Plant a Seed" and put it into the song, so their late singer's voice is in there. He said: "Even though he's not here with us now, we're still all in it together, pushing forward."
The second verse is a throwback to "Tracing Back Roots," the title track of We Came As Romans' third record.
I wanna go back, just to say, just to tell you
That your home is in my heart and you'll always live in us
Moore explained: "The title track on that album was about how we connect with fans and how they make all of the sacrifice worthwhile. I wanted to throw as many references in as possible, to connect everything together."
We Came as Romans wrote "From The First Note" as a promise to Kyle Pavone to continue carrying on the legacy of everything they had built together. Its video portrays the Detroit rockers performing in a glass greenhouse, surrounded by beautiful colors and flowers. Said bassist Andy Glass.
"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."