New York City-based collective VRSTY (pronounced “Varsity“) — Joey Varela [vocals], Javy Dorrejo [bass], Chris Cody [drums], and Paul Gregory [guitar] — are serving up ‘Welcome Home Part 3′ today, December 1, via Spinefarm.
Listen to it HERE
“Welcome Home Part 3‘ was super fun to write because all three of the tracks ultimately sound so different from one another,” Varela states. “I also worked with other writers, such as Charlotte Sands, for the first time. That experience was sick! It helped to unearth a creative side that I didn’t even know I had.”
The band also shared an unofficial and intimate performance video for “D34D.” Watch it HERE and witness Varela’s intensity as a performer and the song’s melodic heft.
The 3-song EP features a trio of brand new songs. It follows ‘Welcome Home Part 2’, which is a Spanish-language version of songs from the band’s latest album ‘Welcome Home’, which is out now.
Watch the one-take video for “Dig” (Latin Version) HERE. VRSTY decided to craft these re-imagined versions due to Varela’s heritage and his love for the sound of Spanish music. Listen HERE.
‘Welcome Home’ is the band’s debut full length for the label and follows last year’s breakthrough ‘Cloud City’ EP, which has accumulated six million streams in less than a year and yielded the head-turning singles “Shameless” and “Massive.” The latter was the most played on SiriusXM’s Octane for two weeks in a row in late 2020.
VRSTY have perfected their seamless and fearless cross-pollination of metallic grooves and R&B-influenced, after midnight vocal swagger on this 14-track offering. VRSTY aren’t just offering their own take on a genre; they have authored a fusion style that is entirely their own.
“‘Welcome Home’ is an incredibly personal album to me,” Varela shares. “I know everybody says that, and hey, maybe they’re not lying when they do. I sure as hell am not. It was definitely a task, at first, trying to figure out how to phrase or sing something without getting too personal. But somewhere along the way, I threw that idea out the window and decided to say exactly what I felt. You won’t find me trying to sound cool or using any fancy wordplay. It’s just me in my rawest form, saying exactly what I’ve felt or experienced over the years, which is what has made me who I am today. I think if anybody ever wants to get to know me, this record will give you everything you need to know. No secrets. Just me.”