Athens, GA, garage rock outfit went through various permutations, with founder member Jake Ward (guitar, vocals) as the sole constant and long serving drummer Marie A. Uhler as his partner in crime to lay down a ferocious backbeat. Being down to a duo hasn’t slowed them down and they have been releasing well-received albums on a yearly basis. Their latest is called Versus on which they make their way through eleven track in under half an hour.
Poking fun at nearly anything and being angry at the same time is whwat gets them through the ennui over everyday life. The acoustic Fear and Loathing in the Classic City sums it up perfectly: “I want to see real emotion/And recede back into the sea/Where The American Dream can finally die with me/And my Liberal Arts diploma/I’m 28 to life/I’m dying on the vine/And I’ve got no time for Eureka California”. Stand-out track Sober Sister is about who a guy who finds himself in the back of a car after his big sister came to collect him after a having one too many, which might a humiliating experience but is turned into an act of defiance. The creepy surfer mayhem of Sign My Name With An X hammers home the fear of a bad guy lurking in the shadows.
Versus is a warts-and-all lo-fi statement that will be a sought after essential slice of Athens underground rock in years to come.
Versus is released on green vinyl, CD and cassette viaHappy Happy Birthday To Me records. Pre-orders include a bonus demos cassette, button, and patch. Release date: April 1st.