Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
V. We don’t try and force it. We let the inspiration happen naturally and just trust each others tastes enough to know we will end up somewhere cool.
With that said we tend to be a heavy band with lots of influences from the metal and rock world.
PD, Tell us the brief history of yourself.
V. VRSA has a strong DIY ethic and have self released four albums in the last ten years. We have all grown up recording our own songs and learning as the technologies grew and now today bands don’t have to have financial support just to record an album. The band grew out of a space that we have used as a studio for the last 16 years, collaborating and combining the talents of those who have found their way in. VRSA has had a few different line ups over the years but Josh Bengston and Andrius Jovaisa have been the constant variables which have kept a certain consistency to the band and with the new EP (Cvlt of Machina) they are joined by the talents of Walter Silva and Wes Kempton on the bass and drums respectively.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
V. We all come from pretty diverse back grounds, for instance two of our members did not grow up in the States, Andrius in Lithuania and Walter in Peru and that brings influences that Wes and Josh would never of had on their own. Besides cultural influences we all have a pretty wide range of musical tastes as well and that lends to a very interesting mix when we set out to write a song.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
V. I have this one dream where I’m being eaten by a giant doughnut!
Ultimately we would love to find a home somewhere at a label where we can create freely and have support for promotion and setting up tours and such.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
V. Musically we all write the songs, Josh tends to come up with the lyrics and concepts for the albums.
Each one of our albums have had different themes running through them. Our current album centers around a cult that worships a perpetual energy device, with elements of faster than light time travel and sacred geometry.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
V. We love it! We want everyone to go download our music at vrsa.bandcamp.com!
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
V. Tangled cables!
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
V. We have a run coming up this June with our friends in WitchKiss where we will be making a stop to play the Maryland Doom Fest on June 23rd at Guidos Speak Easy!
Also we have the pleasure of playing the PromotorHead RPM Fest in Montague, Massachusetts on August 25th with some really kick ass bands!
Band location – Connecticut
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