The first thing that I looked into with VERSUS was their music video for STONE HEART. It seems dark and edgy at first and then you see that they are trying to portray a point to their audience, of dealing with issues that not everyone is willing to talk about. The video opens to the band on a pier rocking out on their respective instruments and then there is a cut away to a girl in a black hoodie looking into a dark alley. They cut back and forth for a while, then towards the end they open up to more people in black hoodies walking down the street together (kind of symbolizing that they are strong and can conquer anything). I was more intrigued by them after watching the video and decided to further that and watch their video for NO SAFETY. This one goes into more depth on the issues that they want to encourage their fans to confront mental illnesses. It really opens up your eyes and shows you that the person dealing with the issues is not the only one affected. The band formed in Seattle with these 5 guys that are trying to break through the rock scene, they self-released their first album THE BLACK and now have their first label LP CARDINAL releasing March 3, 2017. These boys have lost someone close to them from mental illness and they channeled that energy and emotion into their music. They have a similar sound to ALESANA and FAMOUS LAST WORDS, which shows in DISTANT, THE LOOKING GLASS, and SHOOK.SHOOK goes into more details about trying to help their friends, ‘taking a deep breath, it will be okay’. DISTANT starts out a little stronger with hard-hitting drums from ANTHONY ZARAGOZA and intense vocals from the front man. Once they get a little into the song, it breaks away to softer vocals and electrifying guitars from JOSH KENDRICK and MACK NEWMAN and then they go in and out with the intense vocals. CARDINAL starts off with piano and guitars complimenting each other, then front man JOE TAYLOR starts to scream that grabs the listener. Strong guitar riffs and rocking drumming throughout the song helps to bring out the vocals. They do have someone singing that seems to have a lisp, but it works for the song (haven’t heard it in the rest of the album). They slow down the album with EMPTY, emphasizing how well the piano compliments TAYLOR’S vocals. The band mentions on the Revival website “There isn’t an easy way out of the noise that can overcome your mind, but with understanding that there are a lot of us in the same boat we can fight mental illness with a network of support. We, as people, can be the medicine we all need. We carry a very emotional performance that brings the show to an emotionally visible experience whether you are listening to the record or seeing it live. It’s very emotionally alive both ways”. I take this to heart from them, I can totally relate to what they are saying here. The album brings out a lot of emotion and shows that they really care about their friends and even their fans. They want to bring support and encourage everyone to love life and help out those who may not be able to ask for it. If you have a chance definitely check out their new album CARDINAL and watch for them to come to your city for a live show!