Versing’s Nirvana is out September 29 on Help Yourself + Decency Den Records. 

RIYL: Pavement, Sonic Youth, Ought, Parquet Courts, Flying Nun bands

It takes some guts for a loud rock band from Seattle to name their debut LP NirvanaVersing is not a timid band, and the name is not intended as a joke. Frontman Daniel Salas describes his concept of “nirvana” as an undeserved sense of self-forgiveness one sometimes feels in the wake of terrible decision-making, akin to “those brain memes where the brain gets bigger and more cosmic the worse the ideas get.” Nirvana the album also embodies contradictions: terse and expansive, anxious and confident, aggressive and intimate, physical and cerebral. Live and on record, the four-piece band heaves, stutters, undulates, and chimes in perfect symbiosis, wringing every erg and crackling watt from their instruments.

The members of Versing — Salas and Graham Baker on hook-and-jab guitars, bassist Kirby Lochner and drummer Max Keyes bobbing and weaving — came together in the gravity of the college radio station KUPS in Tacoma, WA in 2013. The band moved to Seattle the next year and have proven themselves one of the city’s hardest-working bands, logging a relentless itinerary of ferocious live performances in clubs, bars, basements, lofts, pizza parlors, and other spaces in the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast. They have two self-released EPs, 2016’s unassailable Nude Descending and the early-2017 tour cassette Tape, which also served as an advance single for album track “The Draw.”

Out September 29, 2017, this 11-song album is released by Help Yourself digitally and on cassette and Decency Den on CD. It was recorded in April 2016 at Electrokitty Studios in Seattle with José Rohena Díaz (Chastity Belt, Tacocat) at the board. Versing continues barnstorming the Puget Sound, and plans two upcoming tours: in August 2017 with Seattle’s Hoop and supporting the album in October 2017 with The Courtneys (Flying Nun).

Tour Dates
8/23 – Dumpster Values – Olympia, WA*
8/24 – Outer Space – Arcata, CA*
8/25 – Feral – Oakland, CA*
8/26 – Top Space – LA, CA*
8/27 – Subrosa – Santa Cruz, CA*
8/28 – Low Rence – SF, CA*
8/29 – Snake House – Davis, CA*
8/30 – Turn Turn Turn – Portland, OR*
8/31 – Cockpit – Seattle, WA*
10/12 – The Pinhook – Durham, NC^
10/13 – DC9 – Washington, DC^
10/14 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA^
10/15 – The Park Church Co-Op – Brooklyn, NY^
10/16 – Great Scott, Boston, MA^
10/21 – TBA^
10/22 – TBA^
10/24 – Le Circle – Quebec City, QC^
10/25 – House of Targ – Ottawa, ON^
10/26 – Longboat Hall – Toronto, ON^
10/27 – Rondo – Windsor, ON^
10/29 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL^
10/31 – Total Drag Records – Sioux Falls, SD^
11/02 – The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT^
11/03 – Bartlett – Spokane, WA^
11/04 – Palomino – Calgary, AB^
11/06 – TBA^

* = w/ Hoop
^ = w/ The Courtneys


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