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Versoma: Life During WartimeLife During Wartime (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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Members of various revered screamo acts converge in Versoma to pay tribute to both noisy and shoegazer acts like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, and it comes out sounding exactly like you can imagine -- which is both an awesome and mildly disappointing thing. See, among the pedigree Versoma .
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Members of various revered screamo acts converge in Versoma to pay tribute to both noisy and shoegazer acts like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, and it comes out sounding exactly like you can imagine -- which is both an awesome and mildly disappointing thing.

See, among the pedigree Versoma sports (mind the overlapping) are Hot Cross, Saetia, Orchid, and Transistor Transistor (the four biggest names here), which to many surely promises heaps of creativity and talent -- which is certainly there but, unfortunately, it feels like this territory was just tread much more powerfully by the Coma Recovery's stunning debut, Drown That Holy End in Wine, a couple months ago. Make no mistake, though; Life During Wartime offers efficiently noisy, mesmerizing walls of post-hardcore as well, with similarly drowned vocals and the same type of bleak, digging moods the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine first stirred our most entrenched senses with all those years ago. You can especially hear it in the EP's most drawn out track, "November 2004," which the band makes their own with more hopeful, upbeat guitar picking in its lengthy introduction.

It could just be perspective, but I'm not immediately floored by Versoma's compositions -- I'm definitely interested, though, and if they can make this work for an entire full-length's running time, then we'll really be talking. Oh, and memo to Hydra Head Records -- if you guys ever wanted to release a shoegazer album, I think I've got your ticket right here...

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thurstonXwhore (February 13, 2007)

Coma Recovery? Stunning debut? Sonic Youth? Shoegaze? Please. Versoma's debut is decent but it still sounds like they haven't gotten this "gazecore" crap down completely yet. Lyrics are pretty weak but then again when did a punk band write good lyrics. Pick it up if you're into shoegaze or get Max Colby's discography instead.

Anonymous (November 13, 2006)

Two things:

I need to hear that other band that you said did this sorta thing.

And, I've always wanted to start a band that sounds like Unbroken meets My Bloody Valentine.

-Bizzle

Icapped2pac (November 10, 2006)

Score is for the Talking Heads' "Once In A Lifetime" (song and video).

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Score is for Pinhead Gunpowder.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

The two members that happened to be in all those rad emo/screamo bands have long since departed, so I suppose you could cut that ex-members list down to "lickgoldensky, and Anodyne".

Can't say I agree with any of yous guys. I think its a great record.

danperrone (November 10, 2006)

a lot of people like this but i think it's really bad

Osloboditelj (November 10, 2006)

Score is for the Talking Heads song of the same name; this disc sounds pretty mediocre.

strangenotes (November 10, 2006)

How is shoegaze post-hardcore?

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