NEW ALBUM LEVITATE ARRIVES OCTOBER 27 VIA SPINEFARM
BAND ON TOUR WITH MONUMENTS THROUGH OCTOBER
New York City-based collective VRSTY (pronounced “Varsity“) — Joey Varela [vocals], Javy Dorrejo [bass], Chris Cody [drums], and Paul Gregory [guitar] — will drop their new album Levitate. The album is out October 27 via Spinefarm. Pre-order it here.
Today, the band has shared the “The Way It Is” visualizer. Listen here.
It’s a moody romp that cycles through a variety of emotions and packs a powerful lyrical punch.
“This is definitely the most chill song on the record, and one of the more emotional ones,” says Varela. “‘The Way It Is’ is simply a song about knowing that you must save yourself… because nobody else will.”
VRSTY are currently touring with Monuments. All dates are below.
LEVITATE TRACK LISTING:
“Fuck You Forever”
“Back to Back”
“Black & Blue”
“The Way It Is”
“Kill The Rich”
“Glad You Came”
“Can You Love Me”
VRSTY ON TOUR: WITH MONUMENTS + FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS:
9/26 — Spokane, WA — Big Dipper (Only For The Fallen Dreams)
9/27 — Seattle, WA — Substation
9/28 — Portland, OR — Dante’s
9/29 — Sacramento, CA — Old Ironworks
9/30 — Santa Ana, CA — Constellation Room
10/1 — Phoenix, AZ — Nile Underground
10/3 — Austin, TX — Come and Take It Live
10/4 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
10/5 — Dallas, TX — Trees
10/6 — Springfield, MO — The Riff
10/7 — Chicago, IL — Reggie’s
10/8 — Detroit, MI — Sanctuary
10/10 — Lakewood, OH — The Foundry
10/11 — Albany, NY — Empire Underground
10/12 — Clifton, NJ — Dingbatz
10/13 — Rochester, NY — Montage Music Hall
10/14 — Manchester, NH — Angel City Music Hall
10/15 — Brooklyn, NY — Meadows
ABOUT VRSTY: VRSTY (pronounced “Varsity”) make music as energetic and richly diverse as the city that spawned them. Assembled by band leader Joey Tyler, a Puerto Rican singer from New York City raised on R&B, pop, and Spanish music and equally inspired by metallic post-hardcore, VRSTY blends genres with fearless ambition and visceral enthusiasm. A handful of EPs preceded 2020’s debut album, Welcome Home, itself followed by a three-part series of sequel EPs solidifying the band’s reputation.
The band (comprised of guitarist Paul Gregory, bassist Javier Dorrejo, drummer Chris Cody, and Tyler) specializes in what Kerrang! described as “endless grooves and danceable parts, punctuated by breakdowns and completed with dark atmosphere.” Meanwhile, “Massive,””from 2020’s Cloud City EP, remained the Most Played on SiriusXM’s Octane for two consecutive weeks. In a 9/10 review, Outburn described Welcome Home as “effortless, fun, and above all genuine.” Blabbermouth raved: “While other bands may have introduced the concept of genre-bending, VRSTY have refined it.”
Genuine authenticity and uncompromising passion are crucial to everything about VRSTY. Levitate, the band’s stunning sophomore set, is powered by spirited conviction and a commitment to follow their muse wherever it leads. It’s an album of rich melodic hooks and headbang-inducing grooves.
Tyler co-produced Levitate with Justin Deblieck (Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White, Lorna Shore, Fit For A King). George Lever (Sleep Token, Holding Absence, Loathe) handled mixing duties.
VRSTY commands the crowd anytime they perform, connecting with anyone who struggles with feelings of low self-worth, bad relationships, or generally feels like an outsider. It’s a feeling of shared community evident on the band’s tours with the likes of 10 Years, Nonpoint, Secrets, and For The Fallen Dreams, among others. Ultimately, VRSTY aims to encourage, provoke, and inspire listeners.