Former VersaEmerge Member Calls Out Fueled By Ramen, Paramore, Band

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2014

Devin Ingelido, a former member of VersaEmerge (now Versa), has released a lengthy blog that calls out Fueled By Ramen Records, Paramore, and Versa for their time spent on the label and all the issues that were included in their time. Read the blog below after the jump.

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POZ Review: VERSA - Neon

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

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by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen

VERSA, formerly VersaEmerge of Fueled By Ramen, recorded music with its label in early 2012, but seems to have had some trouble getting its footing ever since. So it came as no surprise when the band announced it was splitting from FBR and continuing on under a new name. Now it’s been six months since, and things have been quiet for duo Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage, as they cancelled touring plans and kept putting off releasing anything new.  

Fans have been patiently waiting for news and now, finally, there’s Neon. The EP has been a long time coming, putting a lot of pressure on the newly independent band to make this release a big one. But at only three songs long, I’m not sure Neon will be enough to save this slowly sinking ship.  

Admittedly, these three songs are longer than average, and provide more substance than listeners might have expected when they first saw the sadly short track list. Upon listening through, though, I found it really hard to get into any of them. Sure, title track “Neon” has a smooth and sensual beat that reflects the song’s love-struck theme, the breathy vocals in “Illusion” are both intimate and jarringly blunt (“I’d rather be dead honest with you/I’m tired of the illusion”), and the jittery high-pitched synth melodies in “Wanderlust” live up to the track’s restless name. But as a whole, the EP fades into little more than background noise. The songs are quiet and complacent, with no hooks or real sense of urgency to make listeners stop and pay attention. Meanwhile, the production is flashy, and the synthesizers often overshadow the vocals, making it hard to discern most of what Kusterbeck and Harnage are singing.

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VERSA Stream ‘NEON’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

VERSA have finally released their NEON EP. Stream the release below after the jump.

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Versa Delay Reboot EP; Post New Song Clip

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 6, 2014

VERSA have delayed their Neon EP release to January 21st. You can stream a new song clip called “Illusion” below after the jump.

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VERSA Announce Debut EP; ‘Another Atmosphere’ To Be Release In A “Systematic Fashion”

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 18, 2013

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VERSA will be releasing their debut EP, Neon, on January 14th. The band is also still planning on releasing Another Atmosphere, but in a systematic fashion. Read a statement from the band below after the jump.

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VersaEmerge Release ‘Perceptions’ On Vinyl

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 10, 2013

VersaEmerge have released a limited pressing of Perceptions on vinyl. Check out details ;below after the jump.

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VERSA Explain Name Change In New Statement

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 9, 2013

VersaEmerge are changing their name to VERSA, and fans are rightfully confused. The band has released a new statement explaining the change, and that can be read below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Uncovering A MCR Mystery, The Emerge-less VERSA, And What An ‘Untitled’ Residency Might Mean For blink’s Future

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 2, 2013

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past weeks from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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blink-182’s Untitled Residency Grew Even Longer

There’s never going to be a tour, but what we’re getting from blink-182 may actually mean that we’re going to get what comes from hoping for more. What does that mean?

Many, most, all of us want a full Untitled North America, or even world, tour. Why is that? It’s because the album is recognized, by most, as the band’s greatest output. And for many blink fans, it’s the album that changed their whole life, musically speaking. Part of what was so heartbreaking about blink’s break-up from day one was that the band seemed to be on the cusp of creating so much more.

Neighborhoods is loved, liked, and hated. Dogs Eating Dogs is loved, liked, and mildly disliked. But what we’ve seen from both releases is the band coming closer to tapping into the magic from those Box Car Racer to Untitled to We Don’t Need To Whisper to When Your Heart Stops Beating writing sessions. And what we may get coming full circle from these five Untitled release shows is a reawakening within the band of their best creation. These shows are happening two months before demoing for LP7 will begin. Before signing to a new label will become concrete. Before embarking on the true next step of blink-182. 

Ten years and onward, beginning in just a few days. 

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My Chemical Romance Releasing Greatest Hits Album 

Some detective cases only last 12 hours. From what started as a glimmering hope of My Chemical Romance rising from the dead with a new release filled with comeback hits ended up not even being a posthumous output of unreleased old songs. Instead, My Chem fans will be left with a Greatest Hits album packaged by frontman Gerard Way himself. 

You only hear the music when your heart begins to break.

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Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate Announce Bury The Hatchet Tour 

Truly surprising, somewhat interesting, and certainly comical on first glance. Mostly concerning (for fans), however, on second glance.

Whether Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbitt and all the others featured in this equation have truly “buried the hatchet” or not is to miss the point of what this looks like at its most boiled down form: A last ditch effort at regaining the army of fans both bands have shed over the past year and a half.

Escape The Fate have been without a plugged lifeboat and sinking slowly, but quickly enough, since the release of their self-titled album on Interscope. Falling In Reverse have been trying to climb back from a bottomless well that Ronnie Radke placed themselves in with legal suits over domestic abuse, Warped Tour drops, rap-rock nu-metal songs, and continual bullshit.

If you think this tour is truly about rekindling a bond and showing fans hate should be ditched for love, you’re misguided. Falling In Reverse expected to sell somewhere near 50,000 copies of Fashionably Late during its first week on the Billboard charts. You don’t want to know how long it took to actually hit that mark. The band also was hoping to co-headline rooms of this size this season, but had their other headlining partner run far away following the release of “Alone” and the constant drama Radke dragged Falling In Reverse through. And Escape The Fate? Well, this is the nicest gift-basket they’ve received since they released their first album and found success. 

VersaEmerge Changing Name To VERSA

VersaEmerge, a band that built up a promising fan base despite constant member changes and turbulence only to wind up being dropped by their now sexy-sceneless label, dipping out of a spot on Warped Tour, and having an album in limbo for two years. 

VERSA, an attempt to rebrand an image that has all but been erased to the point of starting new social networks instead of shifting the current ones over. A second chance at the same music? Or as Senior Writer Jesse Richman pointed out, a chance to keep ties, but explore new territories (EDM, etc)?

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Sumerian Records Drop Capture The Crown 

A truly bizarre and confusing move by a label of any size or admiration. While no one can blame Sumerian for dropping a band that flaunts deeply misogynic merch/lyrics and backing tracks that are more prevalent than live music, a question should probably be asked. What is going on over at Sumerian Records?

Besides this odd move, I See Stars saw their debatably-highly anticipated new album, New Demons, get delayed month after month. The October 22nd release date the band finally got was very poorly marketed and promoted, which resulted in a somewhat embarrassing Billboard charting of over 7,000 copies sold. This of course is not a terrible showing, but should have been much greater. 

You shouldn’t be too shocked if you hear about anoTher banD bEing droPped from the label soon as well. 

VersaEmerge Changing Name To VERSA; Release Final Music Video Under Emerge

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 29, 2013

VersaEmerge are not breaking up, but they are changing their name to VERSA. Emerge have released a long awaited music video for “No Consquences” before they disappear. Watch the music video below after the jump

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VersaEmerge Are Not Breaking Up, Band Promises

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 21, 2013

VersaEmerge are not breaking up. The band has been dropped by their label, has not released a new album in over two years, dropped off of Warped Tour, and have no upcoming plans, but a new promise for continuation has been made. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump. 

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Jonny Craig, Kyle Lucas Claim To Be Jumped By Friends Of Sierra Kusterbeck

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 14, 2013

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Jonny Craig and Kyle Lucas claimed that they were jumped last night in St. Petersburg, Florida. Craig and Lucas seem to be fine and have laughed the incident off, but tweets sent by both claim that Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge may have had something to do with the incident. Check out tweets from both below after the jump.

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Weekend Recap: The Scene Calls Out Kellin Quinn, SWS Fall Tour, Warped 2013 Stats

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 5, 2013

Oli Sykes Calls Out Kellin Quinn For $80 Polaroid Package

Must be lame to spend 60 days in the same company as others and the day you part have most of them shit talk you. Props to the scene.

Sleeping With Sirens Announce The Feel This Tour

The Feel This Tour will feature Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, Breathe Carolina, Issues, and Our Last Night. Support will change for different legs of the tour. 

Warped Tour 2013 Is Over; Festival Posts This Year’s Stats

500,000 of you attended the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, and it was a great summer. Be sure to check out all the other cool, quirky, and weird stats from the summer and the Warped Tour at the link above. 

VersaEmerge Confirm Fueled By Ramen Drop

The Cab, This Providence, The Swellers, A Rocket To The Moon, and now VersaEmerge. Unlike half of those bands though, VersaEmerge will not yet be breaking up. The band has once again promised that new music is still on the way. We doubt it. 

Black Flag’s Greg Ginn Files Lawsuit Against Flag, Rollins

The most punk thing since…Wait, no. 

Craig Owens Blacks Out Twice In Final Warped Set

Go out with a bang?

VersaEmerge Confirm FBR Drop; Music On The Way, But Not For A While

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 3, 2013

VersaEmerge have confirmed that they are no longer on Fueled By Ramen Records. The band will still be releasing music, but no until after legal matters are decided upon. Check out a message from the band below after the jump. 

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VersaEmerge Dropped By Fueled By Ramen Records

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 3, 2013

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It would appear that VersaEmerge have been dropped by Fueled By Ramen Records after over a year of back and forth in trying to put out Another Atmosphere. This should sound very similar to struggles other bands have faced on Fueled By in recent times. Check out FBR’s Alumni page below after the jump.

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Weekend Recap: Issues Part Ways With Drummer, SWS ‘Feel’ Stream, Anthony Green Recording LP3

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2013

Sleeping With Sirens Stream ‘Feel’ In Full

Fans have been waiting for Sleeping With Sirens’ Feel for a long time, and the record is finally here. 

Issues Part Ways With Drummer Case Snedecor

Issues have now gone through their fourth member change. Apparently there are no hard feelings towards members, but this is feeling a lot like Woe, Is Me II, isn’t it?

Anthony Green Recording New Album ‘Young Legs’

Mr. Green is back in the studio with producer Will Yip recording his next solo album. Good Old War is of course his backing band. 

ex-My Chemical Romance Guitarist Releases New Music

Ray Toro is the second My Chemical Romance member to release new music since the band’s breakup.

Copeland Will Not Tour Again; Could Make Another LP

Some good with some bad.

VersaEmerge’s Record Is Still Not Finished

VersaEmerge’s second album, after about 18 months, is still not finished. It’s becoming clear why the band dropped off Warped Tour.