Two years after breaking up, Providence, Rhode Island hardcore band Verse has reformed and will be playing shows and recording a new album in 2012.
Verse vocalist Sean Murphy comments: “I think it just really came down to us missing playing music and the chemistry we shared in our creative process. Things just got a little crazy in our lives at home, with being on tour all the time, having all this weight to carry and people to keep happy. It really ended up burning us out. We needed some time to step away and focus on having some sort of stability for a while.”
The band went on to take a two-year-long hiatus, during which members Eric Lepine, Zak Drummond, Chris Berg, and Shawn Cost, along with Murphy, started talking again, and “…it just clicked and made sense. I know I’m very happy to sit in a room again knowing that we are fine with each other and the way we are as individuals. Verse was and is once again a very important part of our lives. It’s without a doubt one of the most creative and challenging things we’ve done in our lives,” says Murphy.
Verse’s first show back will take place on February 11st at AS220 in Providence, along with Defeater and Soul Control. In addition to an appearance at Belgian music festival Groezrock in April 2012, the band also intends to tour the West Coast and Europe in 2012.
Meanwhile, Verse hopes record a new full-length next year as well. According to Murphy, “We just want to do things on our own terms, not in a pretentious way but in a healthy way so that we don’t hit a wall like last time. We’re back to writing and having fun. Our new material is definitely still ‘Verse.’ We’ve been lucky not to get stuck in some type of predetermined template for hardcore punk or even music in general. We apply that to the creative process, especially with the new stuff.”
I am so stoked for this.