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VersaEmerge – 6 Questions With Blake

July 23, 2009

Interview By: Victoria H.
(Urban/Pop Editor)

CWG: What inspired the name VersaEmerge?

BLAKE: Versa means “the opposite” or “to change.” So the name means to change and emerge.

CWG: You’re currently on the Van’s Warped Tour. Tell us your best road story.

BLAKE: I actually got a formal marriage proposal from a fan today. That was pretty crazy!

CWG: We’re impressed by your humble beginnings and teenage dedication to your craft; do you feel you might have missed out on anything that other teenagers get to do? What did you learn about yourselves during the process of creating VersaEmerge?

BLAKE: It was more of a choice not to do what normal teenagers do. We were always working hard to benefit the and and practicing rather than partying and such. Nothing pays better than hard work.
CWG: You said that you think you are closer to finding the band’s sound, what process did the band go through to find the sound that best defines you?

BLAKE: I feel that as we put out more and more music, each is a stepping stone to ultimately achieve what we strive for your band to sound like. Time is progress.

CWG: What did you learn while recording your EP that you are going to bring to recording your LP?

BLAKE: Never settle on taking shortcuts just because it’s easier. We’ve learned to take every opportunity to make the cd ours.

CWG: Where do you see the band a year from now? Five years from now?

BLAKE: Hopefully a year from now we will be on a great tour with a great album having the time of our lives! There’s no telling where we will be five years from now… We can only set goals and try to make them!

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VersaEmerge EP

July 20, 2009

Label: Fueled By Ramen
Rating: 4 Guns

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Written By: PSG

The six songs on Floridian alt-rock band VersaEmerge’s EP are quick and dirty, but nonetheless awesome.

The EP opens with a 39-second instrumental entitled “Theatrics.” This song is likely to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and should be used in every suspense movie filmed from here on out.

This is followed by “The Hider.” The speed makes the lyrics a little hard to understand but this only makes the song universal enough to be enjoyed in a good or bad mood. VersaEmerge really knows how to rock the high pitches, but stay away if you’ve got a headache brewing!

“Past Praying For” comes next. This is what Avril Lavigne should have aimed for, an excellent juxtaposition of sweet-voiced vocals and eardrum-bursting electric guitar. Track 4 is titled “Moments Between Sleep” and is easily the most successful song on the EP. The lyrics have an easy and definite rhythm to them which would make them a great poem if simply read aloud. The vocals are really spectacular here. They are pushed further than on the other songs to a clear, bell-like sound. Check out the song at :55 to hear the vocals at their best.

The last two tracks “Whisperer” and “Clocks” feature both male and female vocals as opposed to the previously all-female vocals. These give the songs a universal relatability. The vocals of “Whisperer” have a Broadway, theatrical feel to them and “Clocks” has a really beautiful, sweet sound unknown to the other songs. With these vocals “Clocks” pairs soft guitar and chimes to give a peaceful feel to the final song.

Fueled By Ramen artist VersaEmerge on entire Warped Tour

July 9, 2009

VersaEmerge will be performing on this summer’s entire Warped Tour in support of their self-titled EP. Do yourself a favor and check them out! Please let me know if you’d be interested in setting something up.

Cinematic pop rock artist VersaEmerge is setting the stage to become the breakout band that everyone will be talking about. The female-fronted band was recently featured as one of the 100 bands you need to know in Alternative Press magazine. Their self-titled EP was released on Fueled By Ramen and produced by James Paul Wisner (New Found Glory, Underoath). They have been touring nonstop and getting their music out to people on a larger scale than ever before.

They have toured with Chiodos’ Craig Owens, We The Kinds, There For Tomorrow, The Maine and The Cab. VersaEmerge is Sierra Kusterbeck (lead vocals), Anthony Martone (drums), Blake Harnage (guitar, vocals, programming), Jerry Pierce (guitar) and Devin Ingelido (bass). For more information regarding VersaEmerge, please visit their Myspace page.

Date Venue Location
Tue 07/07/09 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Indianapolis, IN U.S.
Wed 07/08/09 Post Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA U.S.
Thu 07/09/09 Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Cleveland, OH U.S.
Sun 07/12/09 New England Dodge Music Center Hartford, CT U.S.
Tue 07/14/09 Merriwether Post Pavilion Washington, DC U.S.
Wed 07/15/09 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA U.S.
Thu 07/16/09 Darien Lakes PAC Buffalo, NY U.S.
Fri 07/17/09 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ U.S.
Sat 07/18/09 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY U.S.
Sun 07/19/09 Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport, NJ U.S.
Tue 07/21/09 Tweeter Center Boston, MA U.S.
Wed 07/22/09 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Virginia Beach, VA U.S.
Thu 07/23/09 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte, NC U.S.
Fri 07/24/09 Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, FL U.S.
Sat 07/25/09 Sound Advice Amphitheater Miami, FL U.S.
Sun 07/26/09 Vinoy Park Tampa, FL U.S.
Tue 07/28/09 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, GA U.S.
Wed 07/29/09 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH U.S.
Thu 07/30/09 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI U.S.
Fri 07/31/09 Comerica Park Detroit, MI U.S.
Sat 08/01/09 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL U.S.
Sun 08/02/09 Canterbury Park Minneapolis, MN U.S.
Mon 08/03/09 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO U.S.
Tue 08/04/09 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Kansas City, MO U.S.
Fri 08/07/09 Idaho Center Amphitheater Boise, ID U.S.
Sat 08/08/09 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT U.S.
Sun 08/09/09 Fiddlers Green Amphitheater Denver, CO U.S.
Sat 08/15/09 The Gorge Seattle, WA U.S.
Sun 08/16/09 Columbia Meadows Portland, OR U.S.
Wed 08/19/09 Save Mart Center Fresno, CA U.S.
Thu 08/20/09 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA U.S.
Fri 08/21/09 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA U.S.
Sat 08/22/09 Cricket Amphitheater San Diego, CA U.S.
Sun 08/23/09 The Home Depot Center Carson, CA U.S.