J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is VersaEmerge.
Here are five things you need to know about VersaEmerge, whose album Fixed at Zero is out now!
Singer Sierra Kusterbeck, guitarist Blake Harnage, and bassist Devin Ingelido make up VersaEmerge, a three-piece rock band from Port St. Lucie, Florida. Sierra explains the band's name as "a movement in a name" -- versa stands for vice-versa, or the opposite, and emerge means to come.
Sierra feels most connected to the song "You'll Never Know" off Fixed at Zero. "It is definitely the most vulnerable song I've ever written," she tells J-14. "I hate being vulnerable. I stepped out of the box and wrote a song that was kind of angsty about relationships and made it not typical. It is so real to me that every time I sing it, I love to sing it."
Yes, VersaEmerge is a girl-fronted band, and yes, they got lots of comparisons to bands like Paramore and Hey Monday. "I hear it all the time," Sierra tells J-14. "It just goes in one ear and out the other. I'm just being me. I'm not taking cues from anybody, especially when it comes to writing. If people didn't have it on their mind that this band is just like Paramore, I think that they would never think it, lyrically or musically. [Same with] Hey Monday -- we are nothing alike."
Sierra says the coolest thing that happened to her during the 2010 Vans Warped Tour was American Idol winner David Cook Tweeting about VersaEmerge! "When I saw it, I was like, 'Wait, what? That guy? Is this for real?'" Sierra says.
Sierra also took part in J-14's newest web series, Your 14-Second (Or More!) Diary! Check it out here:
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