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Interview With Metalcore/Rock Band VERSUS ME By Ian Bellows

"CONTROL"

Interview With Metalcore/Rock Band VERSUS ME

By Ian Bellows

Boston Rock Radio

 

 


Versus Me is a metalcore/rock quartet from Wisconsin that have an amazing sound and have taken the metalcore/rock world by storm.  They have toured with national acts including I Prevail.  Versus Me delivers an elaborate and unique fusion of metalcore and rock with some modern pop mixed in.  Boston Rock Radio wanted to check in with the band after their latest release “Control” and thank the band for taking time out of their busy schedule to discuss all things Versus Me.

 


Where did the band name Versus Me come from and how did the band come together?

The band name comes from the inner struggle one has with itself and the world we live in today. We decided on the name at a time where we were all facing things individually in our lives where we felt like the cards were stacked against us. The name represented that struggle that felt like everything was against us...or “versus me.”

What are some of your musical (and non-musical) inspirations?

We all have such different styles of music we listen to which helps in our writing styles. Anything from pop to hip hop, industrial and just straight heavy metal!  Also, sometimes certain movies can provoke certain emotions that can get you thinking about a certain topic. Really anything that provokes a strong emotion can be inspiration to new music!

The covers of Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” and Tears for Fears “Shout” are awesome! What factored into the decision to record covers and are there any plans to record future covers or maybe even a complete covers album?

We love to do cover songs.  It's been a blast doing those covers as it gets us away from the normal writing style, especially since those songs are all laid out.  We don't want to be known for only doing covers but have fun in the process of giving it our sound!  Probably not a cover album but we'll be working on some more soon!

You collaborated with I Prevail’s Eric Vanlerberghe on the song “Real Life Monsters."  Who would you most like to collaborate with that you haven’t already?

We toured with I Prevail back in 2015 and had a chance to really get to know those guys.  They were super cool and Eric was a blast to work with.  His vocals turned out amazing and we worked a lot on that song to make it the best we could. It's currently our biggest song with over 1.2 million streams. My dream collaboration would be to team up with Howard Jones of Light The Torch (ex Killswitch Engage). I’ve loved the sound of his voice on older Killswitch Engage stuff and I think it could be an amazing sound that we could produce together.

What bands would you want to play on your dream tour and what would be the ultimate stage/arena/stadium you want to play someday?

We would love to go back out with I Prevail again.  We had an amazing time with them on tour the first time around, and I think a second time we will be even better. I think they would be a blast to share the stage with Parkway Drive or Bullet For My Valentine. Different styles that would combine for one amazing concert experience and would be an absolute dream for us!

"Control" is an excellent song about fighting for what you want in life.  Was this recorded during the pandemic?  If so, what were some of the challenges you faced writing and recording "Control"? 

"Control" was recorded during the pandemic.  Dustin gets the song idea started and then we all write our parts separately. We then combine it all on one big master file. It makes writing music quite easy from a distance. So nothing really changed for us in terms of recording this one!  When we write, we want the listener to connect with the song and interpret it the way they want. “Control” to us, may have a totally different meaning to it, but that's ok and that's how we view music to be.  We just hope listeners enjoy our music and clear your mind for however long you listen.  

Why release a completely separate album of instrumental versions for all songs on the Continuous album?

We released the instrumental versions of the songs because not only were people asking about it, we just absolutely loved the production, our producer, Josh Napert added to it.  Again, you can get caught up in just listening to the music only and find yourself mentally escaping through the entirety of that album. Not to mention people like to do cover videos of themselves on Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook etc...so it's nice to have those available!

I see James is a videographer, active on Twitch and is a total gamer!  Outside of music, what are some of the bands' interests/hobbies that would surprise your fans?  

Lee is actually a fully licensed hair stylist, so he keeps everyone’s hair in check as well as plays a lot of guitar. He’s actually a guitar player first!  Dustin is a big fan of skateboarding, but we have to make sure he's careful because he'll come into practice a little banged up.  JJ is big into weightlifting and keeping in incredible shape.  It’s definitely essential as a metal drummer to stay in top physical shape, but it puts the rest of us and our physique to shame!

What are the future plans for the band?  Any tour plans for 2021-2022 outside of the Pop Evil show? New singles/album releases planned?

We were super excited to be able to announce the Pop Evil show.  We’re also working on finishing our 5-6 track EP we plan on releasing, hopefully by the end of the year.  We are determining release dates and everything with management now.  We would love to have some tour dates lined up.  Still working on that, so it's not out of the question.  Have a few other shows we are waiting to confirm, but hopefully announcing those soon too.  Overall, more music is coming and excellent shows are coming, so stay on the lookout!

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Ian Bellows joined the Boston Rock Radio staff in April of 2021 performing station voice overs, station promotions, and is diving into band interviews. Ian is a very dedicated follower of rock/metal music. Contact Ian at ian@bostonrockradio.com for interviews, reviews, comments, or suggestions.

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