There’s much to be said about bands that truly harness the power of the jam, and Versing is a band that fucking jams. The Seattle-based quartet recently released their sophomore full length, 10000, and have been repeatedly compared to bands like Sonic Youth and Pavement. While their music draws influence from early 90’s mainstays, 10000 forges a collection of thirteen charismatic rock songs that will more than likely become ingrained in your memory banks.
Daniel Salas serves as the main songwriter in Versing and sings and plays guitar. Graham Baker is also a guitarist in the group, and the rhythm section is rounded out by Max Keyes on drums and Kirby Lochner on bass. Salas’ voice showcases a deliberately lackadaisical style, but at times he pushes to a yell, matching the dynamic-by-nature songwriting of Versing. Guitars on the record range from riffs soaked in chorus and phaser to progressions with vintage tube, direct-plug warmth. Lochner’s bass lines offer a flexible stability and are reminiscent of the defunct Sub Pop band Oxford Collapse. And Keyes’ drumming carefully ties together repetitions with an effortlessly strong backbeat and tasteful nuances. Overall, Versing presents a jammy, guitar-driven song structure somewhat akin to indie rock icons Built to Spill, but by no means in a regurgitated way.
After a quick but sweltering synth-infused first few seconds, “Entryism” wastes no time introducing Versing’s album. The main passage of the song continuously builds itself up, breaks itself apart, and reconstructs. Up next, “Offering” pushes and pulls with a main tremolo arm inflected guitar part ringing out. Frequently riddled with heavy feedback, the combination of guitar-based ideology reminds the ears of several Yuck songs.
“Tethered” bestows contrasting jangly and fuzzy phrases. This track was stuck in my head for days after I first heard it and watched the corollary video. The song welds borderline indie-pop inlanations with Versing’s unique tendencies. Moments of shredding ensue alongside introspective lyrics.
Versing takes simple verse, chorus arrangements and transforms straightforward songs into something memorable and vigorous. There’s much to discover within the walls of Versing’s 10000...