In the ’90s, most indie rockers were white males who cultivated a cool, detached image. New York-based Versus stood out from its contemporaries for many reasons. Its lineup included two (and sometimes three) Filipino-American brothers, it had a female bassist/singer, and the band gleefully professed its love for sports, meat and classic rock. After several albums and lineup changes continuing through 2001, the group went on a recording hiatus, only occasionally performing live. However, a reinvigorated Versus returned two years ago, and the band has just released On The Ones And Threes (Merge), its first full-length in a decade. Now consisting of singer/guitarist Richard Baluyut, drummer Edward Baluyut, bassist/singer Fontaine Toups, plus live violinist/keyboardist Margaret White, Versus picks up where it left off sonically: hypnotic melodies, male/female vocals and the occasional heavy guitar squall. The band members will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.
Richard: Working nights (or preferably not working at all) equals having to navigate a minefield of TV schlock. Teletubbies will twist your mind in time. The View is like the Kraken; at some point you’ll have to get past it. Cooking shows are false friends. But if you survive, you get an hour (or two!) of serenity and bliss. Judge Judy. Judge Mills Lane was my favorite. Judge Joe Brown because he was so cranky. Judge Hatchett. Judge Mathis. Texas Justice. Wise owl Tyra Banks noted that an Emmy was created for the genre due to its popularity, so there!
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