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VersaEmerge - VersaEmerge EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.75
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 6.5
Production 8.25
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 7.25
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 76%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 8.42
Lyrics 7
Production 8.52
Creativity 8.21
Lasting Value 8.23
Reviewer Tilt 8.83
Average: 84%
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VersaEmerge - VersaEmerge EP

Reviewed by: Joe DeAndrea (01/31/09)
VersaEmerge - VersaEmerge EP
Record Label: Fueled By Ramen Records
Release Date: February 3rd, 2009


If you were ever a fan of VersaEmerge back when they released Cities Built on Sand, happened to slip into a coma and this EP was the first you've heard from them since - you're in for a surprise. In 2006, the band had a male vocalist and a completely different sound than they do now. After Spencer Pearson left, VersaEmerge enlisted singer Sierra Kusterbeck and went for more toned down direction with 2008's Perceptions. Now, having a steady line-up and inking a deal with Fueled By Ramen, they've crafted a more accessible set of songs that are poppy, dark, and even eerie at times.

In the EP's first track and intro, aptly titled "Theatrics," VersaEmerge show exactly where they're going with this release, albeit only :39 seconds long. It sounds like it could be the opening music to a Tim Burton film. "Theatrics" flows into "The Hider," which would be my favorite track on the EP and should be a number one contender for first single. "Past Praying For" presents why Kusterbeck's vocals fit so well with the band; they sound great.

Comparisons to Paramore's Hayley Williams are inevitable, like they are with almost any female fronted pop-rock band, but these comparisons aren't just made by people for the sake of getting their post count up. Throughout the EP, simliarites to Williams are certainly there but not in way where they're being ripped off. In "Whisperer" and the re-recorded versions of "Clocks," VersaEmerge prove that there are two talented vocalists in the band and not just one. Guitarist Blake Harnage provides back-up vocals and complements Kusterbeck well, and the dual vocals are definitely something I hope to see more of on the full-length.

Overall, VersaEmerge has improved in almost every aspect since their beginning and have finally found their right sound with their third EP. They're going to be compared to plenty of bands, ranging from Paramore to The Receiving End of Sirens, but if they progress like they have been with their full-length, they have the potential to destroy all their competition.

Additional InformationTrack Listing
01) Theatrics
02) The Hider
03) Past Praying For
04) Moments Between Sleep
05) Whisperer
06) Clocks
Produced by: James Paul Wisner

VersaEmerge is:
Sierra Kusterbeck - Vocals
Blake Harnage - Guitarist/vocals
Jerry Pierce - Guitarist
Devin Ingelido - Bassist
Anthony Martone - Drummer

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11:48 PM on 01/31/09
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fadedmemories
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First

...and good review, this EP is amazing.
03:24 AM on 02/01/09
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good review. I need to get this. I liked Perceptions. when's the full length supposed to be coming out?
05:45 AM on 02/01/09
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Good review, I think I prefer the sound of Perceptions. I still like this ep though.
05:51 AM on 02/01/09
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I definitely still need to check this out. I loved Perceptions.
I'm looking forward to hearing it. Good review.
07:28 AM on 02/01/09
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I want to hear this.

On a side note - I'm currently in love with the lead singer.
07:41 AM on 02/01/09
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Past Praying For is so damn catchy.
Great EP nonetheless, but a little generic.
07:56 AM on 02/01/09
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i think this EP is great, i like the darker edge to pull them away from the whole 'they sound like Paramore' kinda thing but I think its a tad over produced.

Sierra Kusterbeck - Vocals
Blake Harnage - Guitarist/vocals
Jerry Pierce - Guitarist
Devin Ingelido - Bassist
Anthony Martone - Drummer

Not one plays violins etc...unless i'm wrong there.

Dont get me wrong tho, i love the EP
08:05 AM on 02/01/09
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i think this EP is great, i like the darker edge to pull them away from the whole 'they sound like Paramore' kinda thing but I think its a tad over produced.

Sierra Kusterbeck - Vocals
Blake Harnage - Guitarist/vocals
Jerry Pierce - Guitarist
Devin Ingelido - Bassist
Anthony Martone - Drummer

Not one plays violins etc...unless i'm wrong there.

Dont get me wrong tho, i love the EP
I think Blake does the programming and stuff.
08:08 AM on 02/01/09
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i hope they re-record The Authors for their full-length. The only song on this I don't really like is "moments between sleep"
08:32 AM on 02/01/09
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Yea this ep is really good.

love that second song the hider love the guitars in it
08:56 AM on 02/01/09
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I like this EP, although I couldn't get into any of the old stuff.
09:14 AM on 02/01/09
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I fully agree with wanting more dual vocals, I've been saying that all along and was upset there wasn't more of that on this ep
09:16 AM on 02/01/09
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Batman, for example, and Magellan.
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Thanks for reviewing it.

So awesome. A bit short, though.
09:54 AM on 02/01/09
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I haven't listened to them a whole lot, but I'm looking forward to seeing them play with We The Kings in a few weeks.
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