VersaEmerge checked in after arriving in a recording studio in Los Angeles, working with producers Shaun Lopez and Andrew Dawson on a follow-up to their 2010 debut ‘Fixed at Zero’. Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage write:
We’re currently located in Los Angeles, California in the heart of Hollywood. Sunset blvd, 34° N, 118°W, in a building at The Crossroads of The World and we have finally begun recording our second full-length album with our “Dream Team” – producers Shaun Lopez (Deftones, Crosses) and Andrew Dawson (Kayne West, Lil Wayne). We always feel at home and the most inspired in LA, so inevitably we were drawn back here to find the perfect place with the right vibes to create this record. So here we are in an old set of cottage style bungalows, with the 1930’s still lingering around in the air. It’s insanely perfect for us. This past year we have been hugely influenced by retro-futurism, vintage outer space, and oddball classic movie soundtracks. The studio we are currently using as a hang and private work space is actually Orson Welles’ old office (Blake really geeked out on that one). Good vibrations around us, we can’t wait to hear how it plays out through the music.
We’ll meet you in the future.
Blake and Sierra
Payless ShoeSource announced Thursday that Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge has signed on to serve as the iconic Brash Girl for the retailer’s new teen brand Brash, a line of edgy affordable footwear, accessories and beauty items for girls.
The Brash brand will launch in early August in all Payless stores nationwide and Payless.com, as well in Canada and Puerto Rico and will feature about 120 on-trend shoe and accessory items for teens including footwear in women’s and youth girls’ sizing, handbags, jewelry, hair accessories and beauty products including fragrances and makeup that can be styled and collaged together. Prices for the brand range from beauty items starting at $3 and jewelry and hair accessories for $6 to $25 for shoes and $45 for boots. Pricing on average is below $20 an item and the line is expected to be refreshed seasonally throughout the year.
“I am thrilled to team up with Payless on Brash,” said Kusterbeck. “I personify a Brash Girl both on and off the stage, and I am excited to inspire others with my role as the face and voice of Brash. I often have girls approach me and ask ‘where did you get that?’ and now I can say ‘at Payless,’ which for me is really powerful because the Brash brand can help them achieve the bold style they are after because of its affordability and accessibility. My favorites in the fall line are the Ollie combat boots and the Josie peep-toe wedges — they are sick styles and I wear them a lot and with many different outfits. The beauty items like the eye shadow roller-ball and the lip stain are also amazing.”
“I love what Payless is doing in general to democratize fashion and this is the first cool, edgy line that’s affordable, which is great for teens. For them, affordable is the best word ever!”
Check out a picture of the singer holding the Brash Ollie Boot and images of the Brash items below the cut. (more…)
Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage from VersaEmerge performed an acoustic cover of ‘ET’ by Katy Perry in The FBR Studios. Watch it via YouTube below.
VersaEmerge are out with the music video to their new single ‘Figure It Out’, from the Port St. Lucie, Florida rock band’s debut studio album ‘Fixed At Zero’, available now on Fueled By Ramen. Watch it via YouTube below.
Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage of VersaEmerge sat down with Friends or Enemies Radio to discuss their appearance on MTV, their current headlining tour, and how things have changed for them over the years. “The shows have been amazing,” Sierra said. “The kids have been super enthusiastic and supportive. We even had a few sold-out shows. It’s just been kind of surreal, thinking we could go out on a headliner on our first album and the feedback has been as great as it has been.” They also performed an acoustic version of ‘Fixed at Zero’. Watch it via YouTube below.
Footage from VersaEmerge’s live set in Toronto on Saturday night’s stop on The Vultures Unite Tour with Anabor, The Dangerous Summer and Conditions has been posted online. Watch it via YouTube below.
Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage of VersaEmerge performed an acoustic version of ‘Black Hole Sun’ by Soundgarden in The Fueled By Ramen Studios. Watch it via YouTube below.
Footage from VersaEmerge somewhere in Oregon on The Vultures Unite Tour with Anabor, The Dangerous Summer and Conditions has been posted online. The clip begins as the band journeys to their next destination before they’re seen on stage.
VersaEmerge posted a special version of ‘Up There’ from San Francisco, California as a Happy Halloween treat for fans. The song is off the Port St. Lucie, Florida rock band’s debut studio album ‘Fixed at Zero’. Watch it via YouTube below.
Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage from VersaEmerge stopped by the Fueled By Ramen Studio to discuss their summer on The Warped Tour, what fans can expect from The Vultures Unite Tour, music they’ve been listening to lately, and how they choose which songs they cover. “On Warped Tour, we wanted to start with a bang, and hit people in the face with the first three songs and really keep it going,” Sierra explained about how their headliner differs from the festival dates. “So people were walking by and were like ‘Oh, what’s this?’ You don’t really want to slow it down much because you only have 30 minutes to kind of capture these people. So you have 30 minutes of high energy, non-stop keep it going, so that was the goal for Warped Tour. Now, it’s people that know us and we definitely know that they love us because they tell us everyday, whether it’s on Twitter or anything on the internet, and we’re exited. We’re doing it kinda for them. We’re taking our time and really going through what they want to here.” Watch the interview via YouTube below.