If you read this Band of the Day for one reason, it should be finding out where VRSA got their name from. And then you should listen to their EP at the end. Thanks to Josh from the band for answering all our questions…
We hail from different parts of Connecticut USA!
How did you meet?
Andrius and I met over ten years ago when two projects we were working on collided and merged to form a writing partnership that has really brought both of us much farther than we would have on our own.
How long have you been playing as a band?
VRSA has had a few configurations over the years but Andrius and I have been working on this for over ten years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
I’m glad you asked! Most people have no idea what the name is about. VRSA stands for Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.
Basically it is a staph infection that regular antibiotics have become ineffective in treating and if you get it you might be done for! It’s a kind of commentary on the state of the human race and what we think we know but have no grasp on.
What are your influences?
Music, movies, literature, weird shit, oddities stuff like that!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We play to the beat of our own drum…
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Each of our albums have a theme of their own, our current EP called Cvlt of Machina is mostly about a cult that worships a perpetual energy machine that they built using other worldly information. As well as elements of time travel and sacred geometry.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We play regularly and over the life of the band the number is uncountable, who knows…
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our new album Cvlt of Machina is out now! Go to our bandcamp page or any other of the music sites to download today!
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
As soon as the shows we have lined up are over we are going to get right back to writing and plan on doing another EP very shortly!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We love so much music and there are so many bands we dig but there are some icons out there for sure. We would love to open for bands like, Big Business, Mutoid Man, High on Fire, The Melvin’s…
Then there are bands that we play with regularly that we would love to have with us on that! Our friends in Clover from NY, Witchkiss from NY, Undercliff from CT, Cazador from MA, and our boys in Bask from NC!
From previous Band of the Day Cancel: How do you start to write songs? For example: a riff from one person while jamming together?
We usually start by someone sharing a riff and then the rest of us start to add our own twist to things. Then between Josh and Andrius someone will run with it and come up with a basic structure and it really takes shape from there.
From another BotD, N.E.S.H.: At a local level, what do you think can be done to help the music industry and bands of the future?
There is a lot about the music industry to get bummed about these days but the silver lining is that there is no longer only one way to do things. Each band can make their own business model and do things the way that works for them. There is a lot of freedom!
And from Remark: If you met your President/Prime Minister, what question would you ask them?
Can you put a good word in for us with the Illuminati?