Versus the World - Versus the World Released September 27th, 2005
Kung Fu Records
New project for former Ataris bassist, Mike Davenport. Crunchy hard-rock is to be expected, in the vein of Finch. Supposedly signed on the spot by former Kung Fu owner Joe Escalante. Most likely because of their unyielding sound and connection to local Santa Barbara shows, known then as "Pencapchew".
How Is It?
My money is on the table that you won't be able to find a more straightforward release than this.
A thoroughly undemanding listen in all senses of the statement. Case and point: tracks like "Blasphemy and Treason" and "Don't Let Go", among many others, are all too dependent on clichés and seldom come off sounding any more than your average bar-hopping band of 40 year olds (that can scream). But, vocalist Donald Spence is certainly a redeeming aspect to the band, lacking only in writing capable lyrics. Having had experience with Kris Roe and Co. seemingly gives Davenport a good idea how to implement certain aspects of 'pop' to the mix, but Versus the World are all too formless, ultimately stepping outside the box on rare occasions and are only fuel for boredom the rest. "Forgive Me" and "Victim" have their moments, but in the end its all really too trite to give a shit.
This review is a user submitted review from Scott Irvine. You can see all of Scott Irvine's submitted reviews here.
I really dig this album when it's doing what it does well...but other than that, they could really use some work. The singer is hands down the brightest star in this band, but my money's on this being better than the next Ataris album.