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Santa Barbara, CA’s Versus The World (Feat. Members of Lagwagon, Good Riddance) release ‘Roadsick/Roadsick’

Santa Barbara, CA’s Versus The World (Feat. Members of Lagwagon, Good Riddance) release ‘Roadsick/Roadsick’
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The first single off upcoming album ‘The Bastards Live Forever’ Out May 26, 2023. Produced by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Sum 41, Megadeth).

Santa Barbara, CA’s Versus The World will release their Cameron Webb-produced album ‘The Bastards Live Forever’ on May 26. The first single Roadsick/Roadsick is out. “‘Roadsick’ is a band favorite for the record. We wanted a song that felt like it kicked the door down like the DEA from the get go. A song that after we put it out, we would have to play it live. Writing it was a blast. Singing it was even more fun and hearing it back still gets me stoked. Enjoy!”, says singer Donald Spence. The band says “‘The Bastards Live Forever’ was written during the height of the pandemic in 2020. It’s a disparate collection of songs about divorce, shame, love and growth. We can’t wait for you to hear it!”. ‘The Bastards Live Forever’ consists of 11 songs crafted to perfection. VTW‘s unique style of melodic post-punk elevates every member’s skill from their other projects including Lagwagon guitarist Chris Flippin and Good Riddance drummer Sean Sellers. Obviously Versus The World are not all about musical craft but you can hear a passion and an urge to scream out deeply rooted feelings in every syllable throughout the record.

Upcoming shows:

28.07. Berlin @ Wild At Heart

29.07. Hohenstaufen @ Vert Rock w/ Urethane

01.08. Erfurt @ Tiko w/ Urethane

03.08. Wermelskirchen @ AJZ w/ Authority Zero & Cigar

05.08. Duffel, B @ Brakrock

06.08. Düsseldorf, D @ Pitcher w/ Diesel Boy

09.08. Vienna, AUT @ Rhiz w/ Diesel Boy

10.08. Tolmin, SLO @ Punkrock Holiday

12.08. Rimini, ITA @ Bayfest

-more tour dates tba

Photo: Casey Pinckard

A post-punk unit from Santa Barbara, California featuring members of Lagwagon and Good Riddance, Versus The World issued their eponymous debut album in 2005 on Kung Fu Records. Drawing from their dense pedigree the band blends elements of pop-punk, melodic post-hardcore and troubadour-style vocals by founding frontman Donald Spence. Versus The World has toured extensively worldwide on subsequent releases ‘Drink.Sing.Live.Love’ (2012) and ‘Homesick/Roadsick’ (2015) in support of bands such as No Use for a Name, The Ataris, Lagwagon, MxPx. In 2021 the band teamed up with producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Megadeth) to make ‘The Bastards Live Forever’ which is due out in May 2023 on SBÄM Records.

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