Versus You has been making quite a name for themselves, taking their punk rock sounds out of their hometown of Luxembourg and across borders. Music is a universal language, after all. When listening to the band’s latest offering, ‘Moving On’ it all sounded a tad bit familiar to us. Not because we’d heard these songs before, but because the whole record has got a particular late 90s, early 2000s feel to it – think Blink-182, Green Day, Alkaline Trio and the likes.
The short but sweet 12-track album begins with ‘When It All Goes Down’, for which the intro (as funny as this may seem) sounds like The 1975‘s explosive hit ‘Sex’ if it were actually a Blink-182 song. Go listen to it, we promise you we’re not crazy! With such a youthful start, we were quite surprised to hear the raspy, more old-school sounding vocals that accompany the sound of Versus You.
The contents of this album are exactly what you’d expect to find from a record of this genre. It is trickled with playful tones, catchy melodies and brutally honest lyrics. So to say, there’s a strong mixture of aggressive, punk rock tunes and the cheerful manner of pop rock. Take track ‘Be Better Than Me’, featuring guest vocals from Hannah Smallbone. The infectious chorus singing: “and I hope that you’ll be what you always wanted to be; be better than me,” is two-toned; presenting the song through a harmony between vocalist Eric Rosenfeld‘s gritty voice and Smallbone‘s sweeter pipes.
Our personal favourite off ‘Moving On’ is the next track, ‘Skinny and Distracted’; the perfect anthem of youth. All the pop-punk fans would be all over this song. “I don’t feel like me anymore. I’ve swallowed anxieties, and they’ve turned me inside out,” Rosenfeld sings in this fast-paced, fun tune.
Versus You have picked a great time to release their next album, as we can definitely see it soundtracking your summer. The only weird thing is for an album of 12 tracks it’s painfully short, due to the fact that none of the songs even reach the three-minute mark. We could have listened to an additional half hour of this! Versus You have topped charts back home before, and ‘Moving On’ definitely presents the potential to do so again.