Friday, March 9, 2012
96-98 Pentonville Road,
London, UK N1 9JB
Versus are a cult American indie rock band formed in 1990 in New York City playing their first UK show since 1996!
The band released their sixth album 'on the ones and threes' on Merge records in 2011 to critical acclaim and are in the UK at the behest of JEFF MANGUM (NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL) for ATP.
Richard and Fontaine were to remain the two core members throughout the band's history. The band was noted for their marriage of indie pop songwriting and vocal harmonies to the "loud-soft" dynamics of grunge and alternative rock. They were also noted for their proficient and disciplined musicianship and for their credo of "meat, sports and rock", neither of which had much currency in the early 1990s American indie scene. They named themselves after the Mission of Burma album Vs.
Versus has counted at least one, usually two and sometimes three of the Filipino-American Baluyut brothers as members throughout its existence, and was perhaps the most prominent example of a wave of American indie bands emerging in the early 1990s which featured Asian American members. Merge Records was Versus' most recent record label, although they have maintained a long involvement with TeenBeat Records, and released two CDs through Caroline Records in the mid 1990s. The band makes an appearance in the 1994 cult roadmovie Half-cocked.
Support from Vienna's PLAIDED and Damnably's homegrown SMALLGANG, and Damnably favourites SLOWGUN