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VRSTY – ‘Welcome Home’

Spinefarm Records
Issues, Slaves
Release Date
Spinefarm Records

Pronounced ‘varsity’, the New York post-hardcore band have been gathering some pace with VRSTY playing big name sold out shows with the likes of Ice Nine Kills and Plot in You.

Their latest album ‘Welcome Home’ is both heavy and melodic, from its cracking start, it manages to blow to listeners head clean off with its rebellious lyrics having all the comparisons of Issues and Slaves with even a vestry on the albums cover to show where VRSTY worship at the altar of roc n’ roll. This is a monster album, it is grinding, weighty and uplifting. A chance of pace between each track shows the dedication that VRSTY have put into the dynamics of this record to get the ‘feels’ just right. Immediately, ‘Closer ‘ is a straight up anthem, the grit and determination give the listener a sense of swagger and pout, this duality continues throughout, it is sweet and sour it allows the anguish to flourish without ever being bitter… think chilli chocolate! Furthermore, there is an electronic drive during tracks such as ‘Lovesick’ which help carry the album throughout and without it, this 14-track marathon would feel like a slog. However, there is a real hidden gem in the track ’11am’ with its emotional climax and heartfelt ending allow this song to stand tall as a 20’s rock ballad for rocker parents both old and new.

The enthusiasm on ‘Welcome Home’ is contagious; it does relent or give up. VRSTY are touching major league with this album and ‘Welcome Home’… guys it’s a winner!

"VRSTY are touching major league with this album"

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