Seattle’s Versing doesn’t mind being compared to other bands
written by Ben Salmon
Seattle’s Versing excels at making music that’s both sweet and sour. That was the goal from the beginning, said frontman and songwriter Daniel Salas.
“Originally, I wanted us to [play] poppy songs with feedback all over the place,” he said, citing noisy rock bands like Henry’s Dress and The Clean, and influential indie labels such as Slumberland and Flying Nun. “I tried to keep us a three-piece for that reason. It lends itself to the simplified, scuzzy sound that those bands had.”
In fact, Versing gets compared to Pavement constantly. Salas and his band mates are OK with that.
“Those are the bands I love. I think we’re settling more into our own sound, but I’ve always seen us as a continuation of what those bands were doing rather than a rehash or a ripoff,” he said. “I personally think rock music was really incredible in the ’80s and ’90s but got really, really bad in the 2000s, so I just try to take up the mantle of the bands that I felt were doing it right.”