Verse the End of Hudson Valley, NY is a band that thrives on individuality. Their unique blend of pop/punk and heavy rock comes together to form a sound completely their own.
We got with the guys a while back for an interview and to learn a little more about them. Check it out!
How would you describe the style of your music?
I would have to say that we are a combination of pop, rock & metal. We weave in out of those three genres.
Who are some of your main influences?
We tend to have a large number of influences since we all come from different musical backgrounds. It’s actually become a big part of our band as everyone’s individual tastes tends mold our collective sound in different ways. I think it gives us an edge on originality. Bands influences? At The Drive In, Muse, Pantera, Thrice, August Burns Red, Jimmy Eat World & Four Year Strong.
What is it about your music that you feel sets you apart from other bands?
We try our hardest to make a sound we have never heard before, as we get inspired from our influences instead of mimicking them. We want to stand out and try something different. When you listen to us we want you to have that comfortable feeling of music you know, but as you listen on you hear our varying musical backgrounds come through and we change it up.
Who do you feel your target audience is?
Well our target audience is always going to be teenagers and younger adults. We’re a rock band; we use distortion. If you’re older and you dig it that’s awesome, but it’s geared towards the new generation of music fans, and younger ears. More recently though we have been playing acoustic versions of our songs to get out there, into different venues, maybe shed light to a different listener. In that approach we tend to see both younger listeners & older listeners into our music.
You guys have recently released your debut EP, “Heavy Hearts & Counterparts.” Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Recording our EP “Heavy Hearts & Counterparts” was amazing. We worked with producer John Naclerio at NADA studios, who has produced and worked with so many awesome bands we grew up listening to. It was great. I mean this guy recorded the album that launched My Chemical Romance! It was unreal, and his studio was beautiful and we feel he captured our sound perfectly.
What is the underlying theme of the EP lyrically?
The underlying theme is heartbreak. Not the heartbreak you’re thinking of though. There are situations and events in our lives that will break our hearts worse than any girl ever will. I just got so fed up with hearing songs about a guy breaking up with a girl, or losing a girl. I decided I’m going to write the lyrics for this EP so that they sound in the vein of heartbreak, but if you dig a little deeper into the meaning you get more. For instance Garden State Romance plays out like a song about lost love, but it’s actually about substance addiction, and the effect it can have on your family or significant other.
Any news as far as tours, shows, etc. that you guys would like to announce?
We’re playing a bunch of new shows including an acoustic set at Angels & Kings in April and a local show on February 25th with In Other Words & The All Ways in Nyack, NY that should be a blast. The best way to stay up to date on our local shows and tour dates is facebook.com/VerseTheEnd.
Thanks to Shaun at Scene[Essence] for interviewing us and for working with independent bands. Also we’d like to let everyone know they can download our debut EP for free at versetheend.bandcamp.com and that we are currently writing and demoing out all our new material for a release in late 2011/ Early 2012 so be sure to hit us up on Facebook for demos & videos of some new tunes.