Review: Versus The World – Drink. Sing. Live. Love.
Seven years is a long time to pass between albums even for arena rock stars. For an independent post-hardcore band, it’s an eternity. Yet Versus the World, which features ex-members of the Ataris and Lagwagon, revel in being underdogs. Like prime-era Alkaline Trio, Drink. Sing.Live. Love is filled with emotionally tangled songs about sacrifice, disappointment, and heartbreak that contrast biting cynicism and poppy catchiness in surprising and intriguing ways. On “The Kids Are Fucked,” for instance, frontman Donald Spence gripes about, “Privileged little parasites picking clean our bones,” yet he does so over music as euphoric as Fall Out Boy, yet way more multi-dimensional. JON WIEDERHORN
Check out “She Sang The Blues” off Drink. Sing. Live. Love. below: