SPINEFARM RECORDS is pleased to introduce its brand new signing, the New York City-based collective VRSTY (pronounced “Varsity”). The quartet — Joey Varela [vocals], Javy Dorrejo [bass], Chris Cody [drums], and Paul Gregory [guitar] — will release the Cloud City EP on December 4. To celebrate the news, the band has shared the video for the new song “Shameless.”
Watch and listen here.
“‘Shameless’ was the last song I wrote for the EP and the first song I fell in love with,” says singer Varela. “‘Shameless’ is a song about giving into your temptations even though you know it’s probably not the best choice. I think we all go through a time in our lives where we become fed up with doing things that (we believe) go unnoticed and would rather be the bad guy for a while. ‘Shameless’ is a ‘back on my bullshit’ anthem for me, and I hope it becomes that for everybody.”
Regarding the band’s signing with Spinefarm, he says, “It’s absolutely wild. They were the label that I didn’t know a lot about, but always secretly thought was killing it for their bands. Never did I think they would be interested in a tiny band like ours but I guess that’s how the machine works, right? When you least expect it, it comes for you. Either way, this entire process has been amazing so far and I truly believe that with Spinefarm behind us, we’re gonna do some damage.”
VRSTY’s music is unique and unexpected blend of metallic grooves and R&B vocal swagger. The band has been grinding in the scene for over five years now. VRSTY released the Lights EP in 2015, went on tour, and earned their road stripes. They dropped Blck and Blck Deluxe in 2019, with “YOU & I” (412K Spotify streams), “Colorblind” (311K Spotify streams), and “Nola” (278K Spotify streams) quickly establishing themselves as indie fan favorites. The band has tallied over 2 million total stream and looks to open things up even more with the Cloud City EP, which serves as its Spinefarm Records debut.