VERSING – ” Radio Kinski “

Posted: September 22, 2017 in MUSIC
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One of Seattle’s hardest working live bands, Versing synthesize their musical influences —”a sprinkle of Pavement here, a pinch of Sonic Youth there,” says AdHoc—into something fresh. Their debut full-length, Nirvana, is out next week. Versing craft a more spacious, shoegaze-informed guitar sound, coming across like an amalgam of Flying Nun Records-y melodic post-punk, loud-soft Swirlies-inspired gaze-pop, and Pavement-esque collegiate nonchalance.”

Seattle band Versing makes woozy and crackling power pop, ever so slightly askew. The group’s members—Daniel Salas, Graham Baker, Kirby Lochner, and Max Keyes met and collaborated at the University of Puget Sound’s KUPS radio station, and you can hear the world of college radio in Versing’s sundry songs. Together, the band synthesizes the breadth of their musical influences—a sprinkle of Pavement here, a pinch of Sonic Youth thereinto something fresh and exciting.

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Their new single, “Call Me Out,” off the upcoming album Nirvana, exemplifies the band’s laid-back playfulness, along with the thoughtfulness and complexity of Salas’s songwriting. The track starts off with a rush of guitars and rolling drums, before settling into an octave-bouncing  riff. It distorts as it hurtles toward its end, like a Weezer (or, more aptly Nirvana) song that, instead of trading off between soft and loud, just keeps getting louder. Lyrically, the song is a stitched-together patchwork of philosophical musings, with Salas singing, “Distal thoughts at last awoken,” like the too-cool guy at the back of the night-time college class, holding a guitar.

Band Members
Daniel Salas
Graham Baker
Kirby Lochner
Max Keyes
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