Santa Barbara, CA’s Versus The World will release their Cameron Webb-produced album “The Bastards Live Forever” on May 26. The first single “Roadsick/Roadsick” is out today and streaming here: https://bfan.link/roadsick-roadsick.
“Roadsick is a band favorite for the record. We wanted a song that felt like it kicked the door down like the DEA from the get go. A song that after we put it out, we would have to play it live. Writing it was a blast. Singing it was even more fun and hearing it back still gets me stoked. Enjoy!”, says singer Donald Spence
The band says, “‘The Bastards Live Forever’ was written during the height of the pandemic in 2020. It’s a disparate collection of songs about divorce, shame, love and growth. We can’t wait for you to hear it!”
‘The Bastards Live Forever’ consists of 11 songs crafted to perfection. VTW’s unique style of melodic post-punk elevates every member’s skill from their other projects including Lagwagon guitarist Chris Flippin and Good Riddance drummer Sean Sellers. Obviously Versus The World are not all about musical craft but you can hear a passion and an urge to scream out deeply rooted feelings in every syllable throughout the record.
28.07. Berlin @ Wild At Heart
29.07. Hohenstaufen @ Vert Rock w/ Urethane
01.08. Erfurt @ Tiko w/ Urethane
03.08. Wermelskirchen @ AJZ w/ Authority Zero & Cigar
05.08. Duffel, B @ Brakrock
06.08. Düsseldorf, D @ Pitcher w/ Diesel Boy
09.08. Vienna, AUT @ Rhiz w/ Diesel Boy
10.08. Tolmin, SLO @ Punkrock Holiday
11.08. Bologna, ITA @ Freakout
12.08. Rimini, ITA @ Bayfest
-more tour dates tba
Photo: Casey Pinckard
A post-punk unit from Santa Barbara, California featuring members of Lagwagon and Good Riddance, Versus the World issued their eponymous debut album in 2005 on Kung Fu Records. Drawing from their dense pedigree the band blends elements of pop-punk, melodic post-hardcore and troubadour-style vocals by founding frontman Donald Spence. Versus the World has toured extensively worldwide on subsequent releases Drink.Sing.Live.Love (2012) and Homesick/Roadsick (2015) in support of bands such as No Use for a Name, The Ataris, Lagwagon and MxPx. In 2021 the band teamed up with producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Megadeth) to make The Bastards Live Forever which is due out in May 2023 on SBÄM Records.