Versus The World - Homesick/Roadsick
Generally described as punk but more of a mix between pop and punk, think a more grown up Busted or Mcfly with lots of swearing. Homesick/Roadsick is the third album from the Californian punk band, following two previous albums, a self-titled release in 2005 and Drink. Sing. Live. Love in 2011.
On first listening there were tracks I just wanted to skip as they just didn't sound right, like the drums were from a completely different track and this hurt my ears. But on further play I found myself head nodding and singing along in the car! Who doesn't like singing, swearing and nodding as they sit at traffic lights?
Donald Spence makes a good front man, his lyric writing is solid, he gives it to you hard and can swear like a fish wife, just what you need to front a punk band! The band seem to have found their feet over the past 10 years as they certainly have a more complete and polished sound than their self-titled album of 2005.
The album, written with their previous lengthy tour in mind, hence the title, starts off with The Santa Margarita a tribute to friend of the band, Tony Sly, best known as the lead singer/guitarist for No Use For A Name. A steady paced track with heartfelt lyrics.
The majority of the album enjoys a thumping, fast paced rhythm perfect for mosh pit shenanigans. Some of the tracks are very ‘drum heavy’ noticeably Seven. Thirty One, Bullet Train and Our Song, great if you like that sort of thing!
I think my favourite track would have to be Self Preservation is Killing Us loving the whole track from the catchy lyrics, that are very quickly picked, up to the guitar solo, or it could be that the drums are not overpowering the whole track?
Versus the World are now putting the finishing touches to an upcoming tour, dates to be announced.