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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great! Busy as always. Just got off that west coast run with Alesana and getting ready for the release of the “Cardinal” 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stone Heart”?

It touches on the main point of the record. Mental health not getting the spotlight it needs and the corporations making money off of the sick. It’s completely messed up. It’s there people versus tyrants!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song? Yes. The loss of my stepfather and the systems failure to take care of their own. They constant look out for their pockets as opposed to the

How was the film experience? 

Amazing. Our good friend Chris Vergara of ishootinthefront.com flew out to our current city Seattle and shot this video with us. His brain power and creativity really helped shape the vision of this song. 

The single comes off your new album The Cardinal – what’s the story behind the title? How was the recording and writing process?

Stone Heart was the first song we wrote with new member, Josh Kendrick. It was like a starting point to the direction we were going to go with. We hashed out a few ideas, and then it come out the way you hear it now. Our bassist Brandon Boylan tracked the song and then sent it off to Casey Bates for mixing and mastering.

What was it like to work with Casey Bates and how did that relationship develop?

He’s one of the best guys to work with. He really knows how to shape our music to our greatest expectations. Our manager Mike Mowry with Outerloop Group hooked us up with Casey a few years back when we recorded our Ep “The Black”

How much did he influence the album?

He has some of the greatest creative input. He’s not afraid to tell us to rework something and when he does, we always agree. He knows how to get this sound to its fullest.

What aspect of mental illness did you get to explore on this album?

Depression and Suicide are what this album is about. We talk about the struggles that you find deep inside yourself and how to not just over come them, but mold them into your being. It’s about understanding how to grasp them and take on life to the fullest.

How has the road been treating you so far?

Great so far. The tour we just got off of with Alesana was a great opportunity and we’ve covered a lot of ground promoting this upcoming record.

Any highlight?

Every day of every tour is a highlight to us. We go out into the world to spread this message of awareness so we makes as much out of every day as we can.

What else is happening next in Versus’ world?

We have an eye opening record releasing March 3rd! It touches on being aware of your own mental health and how that effects every part of your life

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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