Santa Barbara based rock band VERSUS THE WORLD has announced their signing to Viking Funeral Records with plans to release their second full-length album, “Drink. Sing. Live. Love.” on July 17.
Here’s the official statement:
Versus The World, now consisting of Mike Davenport (The Ataris), Chris Flippin (Lagwagon), Donald Spence and Bryan Charleson (Crooks and Liars), formed in the back of The Ataris owned record store, Down On Haley, in Santa Barbara and released their debut self-titled album in 2005 on Kung Fu Records. They spent the next few years touring in support of the release with bands like Suicide Machines, Bouncing Souls, The Lawrence Arms, Social Distortion, No Use For A Name, The Vandals, I Am The Avalanche and the Vans Warped Tour building up a worldwide fan base along the way.
Versus The World reconvened in 2010 and began writing and recording their long awaited follow-up which they wrapped in early 2012. Soon after, the band inked a deal with Viking Funeral Records, a label imprint started by Ken Seaton of Hardline Entertainment and Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge along with Kevin Zinger of Suburban Noize Records.
Produced by Thom Flowers (The Ataris) at Playback Recording and Orange Whip studios in Santa Barbara, mixed by Ian MacGregor (All American Rejects, Katy Perry) and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Drink. Sing. Live. Love. features thirteen fist pumping tracks that fuse elements of post-hardcore, pop-punk and rock on tracks like “She Sang The Blues”, “A Fond Farewell” and “Lullabye”.
“I’m really excited for this new record. We’ve spent two years writing and recording it, and it really has been a labor of love,” says singer Donald Spence. “These are some of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait for them to see the light of day.”
Versus The World will head to Europe for a tour in April/May and will announce their U.S. tour in the coming months.
Drink. Sing. Live. Love. Tracklist:
1. She Sang The Blues
2. Mason Grace
3. A Fond Farewell
4. The Kids Are Fucked
6. These Bones
7. A Love Song For Amsterdam
8. Crook & Liars
9. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
10. In Fear of Finale
11. Donner Pass
12. Angry February
13. We Were Alive
Versus The World Tour Dates:
April 27 – Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting II
April 29 – Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock
April 30 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3 Birmingham
May 2 – London, UK – O2 Academy 2 Islington
May 3 – Bristol, UK – The Croft
May 4 – Newport, UK – Le Pub
May 5 – Leicester, UK – Lock 42
May 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
May 9 – Kiel, Germany – Schaubude
May 10 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
May 11 – Cologne, Germany – Underground
May 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Winston Kingdom