VERSA Frontwoman Updates Fans on New Album Status


It’s been over a year since VERSA (formerly VersaEmerge) released any new material, even though they had promised fans that they would be working on some new music since the slight taste they from the duo’s Neon EP.

In the year since the three-song album was released, the band have been quiet with no information on whether or not they were currently working on new music or if they had called it a day. Now, after such a long pause, it seems the duo might be working on some new material.

In response to a question a fan posted on Tumblr, frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck revealed that they would be starting a crowdfundng campaign to help fund their new full-length album; the first full-length under their new name.

“hi! thanks for being a long time fan of the music. of course we want to come to brazil, we’re always mentioning it when we talk about touring. just need to release the rest of our music and then get it in the works. we plan to do a crowd funding campaign for our full length and extra money will get us down to brazil for sure! <3”

Back in 2013, fans of VersaEmerge were given a big shock when the band abruptly dropped off of the Vans Warped Tour. Soon after the departure from the traveling rock show, news hit that the band had been dropped from Fueled by Ramen even though no actual reason was given. Following that, they deleted all social media accounts associated with VersaEmerge and re-emerged with new social media accounts for VERSA.

Former VersaEmerge Bassist Posts About Former Record Label


We should have known that thing between VersaEmerge (now going by VERSA) and their former record label, Fueled By Ramen would eventually end up in a “they said, they said,” mudslinging event after they announced they were no longer with the label, and the label in return took them off their current roster and put them under “alumni.”

In a recent blog post, former bassist Devin Ingelido took to the web to finally reveal what reasons led to his departure from the band, as well as his time spent in the group under the umbrella of Fueled by Ramen.

He also claims that after being with the label, they were put on the backburner so that they could focus more on their other female fronted band and not have a competitor against them. There’s also a point int he post in which Ingelido said that there were times he was begging the label to just give him some kind of money to keep a float rather than continue sinking, like he was.

Read the very length post below and weigh in on the matter.

“Better late than never I would like to start this blog with, I am blessed for the good things that happened to me and the bad. I want to touch first on the fact of the delay for my post. The last thing I am trying to create with this blog is “drama”. Drama is usually caused by over zealous people, people that have no lives, or people that are literally just sick in the head. I’m very happy with the point I am in life. It’s crazy to think it’s been 3 years since performing last with VersaEmerge.

Yes, the emerge still existed at the duration of me being in the band. So as you can see its taken me a long time to compose this. This isn’t a bash fest. For anyone that has known me or met me longer than 5 minutes, you know that from the first second I’m just real, Im me and that’s it. I’m more a timid person at heart, but with things I am confident in I hold my own. So that’s all I am going to be here. I’ve seen some of the other posts from past members in past years and I can’t quite say they were wrong in certain things that were said but posting in frustration is never a way to clarify validity of a point. But everyone has their way of communicating and that’s fine.

I started with Versa towards the beginning of 2008. I joined right as the original bassist was leaving because he decided to pursue school. Right In the midst of joining the group we already had some labels contacting us like Rise, Victory. Your “dream label” per say when you’re an inspiring hard core band or what not back In the day seeing as they were leading that scene with their plethora of bands. Of course, regardless of the deals , it was never something we personally wanted as the band as we saw the longevity of those bands were very futile and not promising nor could they ever get us to the status we wanted to be in the music scene.

While negotiations were being processed and the band just released the cities built on sand album (which I was not on) keep in mind, the band started facing some tribulation. Our original (guy) singer failed to say he could not be in the band anymore because of “parent” hinderence , which was a load of shit but whatever, the band pursued on. As you also know, our guitarist left the band. This had our heads in a pretzel and dealt with some drama but didn’t take long to get back on our feet. After many auditions for a vocalist.

We finally came across Sierra. To be honest, the majority of the band did not see this as a great option. The audition was honestly not solid enough in opinion to solidify a yes for me but honestly, it was more unique and saw the true potential of her voice which was more convicting than the others and we needed to act soon before the idea of the band became irrelevant. So we grabbed up 16 year old Sierra into the band. In this time we also picked up a new guitarist and went to the studio to unveil the new track which at the time revealed a little screaming.

Now who remembers That shit haha.

I guess that’s especially funny to me because if you were able to play a track from our first album than a current track, it sounds nothing alike. I understand bands maturing through the years but the differentiation of the albums is caused for many reasons which we will get to. At this moment of the release of the song, we had a booking agent and finally acquired a manager from New York. He was really shopping the song along for us and was getting much good feedback. So much good that labels were coming in left and right.  This… is where the plagues started to form.

As crazy as it sounds, the band ultimately received from 15 to 20 label offers, between labels like hopeless, science and tooth and nail, to combinations of labels like Sony/virgin so and so forth. Oh how life changes. What a cock sucking game the industry is.

I find myself at these expensive ass restaurants I didn’t even know what half the menu was smozzing with all of these labels execs and what not talking about our music, songs, gear , hopes and aspirations. No matter how much I explain, it will never give you the full image of the world. As time goes on and we started narrowing down who we wanted to sign with. Roles were starting to shift. I tell you flat out that the band did not function as a band. The writing was solely done by Blake and Sierra on occasion other than vocals. It was never something I was okay with seeing as I always had a huge part in writing yet there is just a sense of ownership when writing your own parts. I understood that Blake is an amazing musician and can write and play many instruments and style but as a band, writing at some point should be shared. It’s understood that not everyone has pro recording gear at their houses nor have money for it but still. Who would’ve know that this was going to cause more problems in the future..

Finally, we met with the owner of Fueled by Ramen, had dinner with him and was convinced that label was the right fit. This is where there is much speculation. I can tell you that I feel signing with fueled by was such a mistake. A 360 deal doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing if the band is going to be pushed. The more money the label makes, the more the band makes. Except the label has a hand in every pot.

I feel the band was signed to not create competition for Paramore. We were thrown on the back burner. Many opportunities that were given to Hayley were not given to Sierra. The band never really even acknowledged our band. Tour ideas were all being thought of by the band. Was finding more success over in the UK, just seemed like no moves were being made. We had great success with the touring at first.

Went out with We the Kings, Boys like Girls, Cobra Starship, headlined in the UK. Did warped tour 2 years in a row. Was filmed for an MTV episode of the world of jenks. Yet the focus started to shift. As I stated before we weren’t a band. members started to leave. Anthony was kicked out of the band but I can still say to this day. His temper was big but much of his words were truth. He didn’t like the direction of the band. The band’s focus started to become of the two who remain.

Go figure.

We even gained another guitarist after losing one and then that guitarist left. Was there a specific reoccurring reasoning for the members leaving.. There was Like we spoke before, I’m mostly a timid person. I keep things to myself, give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you can even say I trust to easy. I’m easily content. As all of my friends were leaving the band I always had to re evaluate my choice in staying with the band.

My choice of leaving the band was for more than one reason. Towards right before leaving. I met the girl of my dreams. Which is something I never even thought would happen so early and I’m so thankful. And we made at the time one of 2 baby boys I’m also so grateful for. He needed a dad In his life. And being gone 3 months at a time was not being there. It would’ve been different if I was being paid enough to support my family. So that’s what I was asked a lot. Would you have pursued the band further if I was paid better. The answer is, ” Yes, I would’ve stomached touring with them a bit longer. ” But money and being a father wasn’t the only reasons. And let me state that the money was only there for the first ep that we released with FBR. 13000 dollars. Which when you’re 21 that’s that’s a great lump some of money. After that, I was begging for 1000 dollars a month to keep me a float.

We did get catering most days on the road. But other expenses always come into play. Even to this day I never got paid for royalties on being on any album. Our full length record def surpassed 30 to 50 thousand units. ITunes and so on. Even after leaving, I was sent a quitting agreement. That stated I could never say I was part of the band versaemerge. That I will never receive money from royalties, the merch that they sell with my face on it. This was the band that were supposed to be my best friends I traveled the world with. The band who “understood” that that I had to be with my family.

The two were always being flown out to write, asked to do interviews with just the two. And just having a female vocalist. You already know the show is about her. I was still receiving phone calls up until last year’s taxes saying the band made money last year, so owe in taxes. Made no My two “friends” couldn’t even make it to my wedding because one had a vocal lesson and the other had to go on a family trip.

I wanted to be in a band. I wanted to be edgy, new, original. That was not the agenda they had in mind. Yea, I could’ve continued to sit in the background, played my bass, and went back to the van and do it all over again. I could’ve continued to play bitch and drive the van home from New Hampshire back to south florida while the two got flown around to cali. I could’ve continued to gave my opinions and visions ignored. Instead, I wanted to be a father and a role model for my kids. To teach them the true beauties and poisons of the world. To take care of my wife who works so hard raising our kids and dealing with a man who is working is way up from ground zero again. Worked two jobs just to keep my family afloat after our apartment flooded in a freak accident not caused by us. A man who never asked from a dime from anyone unlike other pitiful people who couldn’t succeed in a band.

And yet I stand firm, with aspirations to manage a band to success knowing how the industry really works now. At the end of the day, I have love for everyone that has been mentioned in this blog. We learn to live and live to learn. It has all made me the person I am today. I’ll probably never know the true intentions of certain people or situations. I’ll never understand why I was taken so advantage of and manipulated. I will never be given the money I deserved. But I will be given the satisfaction of knowing I made the right choice to leave when I did. Because at the end of the day, one day. These bands will not be in style or what’s in for the future.

Music is becoming more and more fabricated. And the money will be given to someone else. But you will have to start at the bottom again and join real life. But I…. I came back to reality and paved a way for my family. Thank you for reading. I’m sorry for any type of grammatical mistakes made or slang. I wrote from my heart on a spontaneous whim. I did not go through all the logistics of events that happened through out the band. This was just a general overview and to finally get off my chest so I can continue on with my life. And if anyone asks the story I can point them here. Thank you and thanks for the ones who always kept in touch and stood by my side and just an open ear.”

Since Ingelido’s departure in 2011, the now pair put out NEON, a three-song EP in January of this year after bowing out of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour to focus on releasing a new album which never happened because of the drama.

VERSA Release ‘NEON’ Track List


Fans of VERSA (formerly VersaEmerge), it’s finally happened.The band have announced that a new EP will be released soon.

After almost a year since the initial announcement that they were working on a new album and their decision to pull out of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, VERSA have released the track list for their EP, NEON.

While the record will only have three tracks on it, fans can finally put those rumors of the group breaking up to rest. Some were probably hoping that a lot more track would be present on the album considering that they had gone into hibernation to make it, but it seems that three tracks are all they are giving out.

Beginning tomorrow, January 21, the album will be sold through the band’s BandCamp where fans will be able to pay whatever they want for it.


1. Neon
2. Illusion
3. Wanderlust

But the questions still remains, what was it that caused the duo to get dropped by their former label, Fueled by Ramen, change their name and pretty much start from scratch just to give their fans a three song EP? For now, the world will never know.

VERSA Finally Debut New Song


After many months and much speculation that a break up was in the cards for VersaEmerge now going by VERSA, the duo have finally debuted their first official song since they changed the band’s name.

If you don’t remember, it was a few months ago that the band made the big decision to go ahead and put VersaEmerge to sleep and come out with a new band, of course partially sticking to a name that fans are already familiar with. Instead of re-doing all their social media accounts to reflect the name change, the duo decided it was in their best interest to just start from scratch.

Today, after a year of ups and down, they have released their first song under the moniker of VERSA, their first new song since those tracks that would have been featured on their second album, Another Atmosphere, if it had made it to the shelves.

The song titled “Neon” has some major industrial, electronic influences and will appear on their EP, Neon, due out on January 14. The song can be heard here and if you like it, you can actually head on over to the band’s BandCamp and download the track.

VersaEmerge Explain Name Change to Fans


When VersaEmerge had announced that they would be changing their name, fans of the band started to wonder just what exactly was happening internally. They had gotten off this past Summer’s Warped Tour to work on new material that never was release,d the had been dropped by their record label, Fueled By Ramen and some of their fans had begun to wonder if this might be the end of them.

When the name change occurred, the duo decided to simply create new accounts with their new name instead of editing out the ‘EMERGE’ part of their name. Today, the duo finally released a statement explaining to fans why they had decided to go all with erasing the ‘Emerge’ part of their name and come back as VERSA.

Hello all!

We’ve been getting a lot of questions via twitter/etc about the recent changes we’ve announced and the becoming of VERSA. We hope we can answer a few of those questions here and now. 

We (Sierra and I) started writing new music very early in 2011 for what was to be a new VersaEmerge release. Since then, we’ve written over 70 different songs and have spent nearly 3 years traveling the globe and writing the music we want to represent us. All the time, growing and learning absurd amounts along the way. We’ve ended up with a handful of songs that we truly love and fully stand behind, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

We’ve matured a lot, not only musically, but as people as well. We couldn’t possibly have known what this music would morph into, and we’ve never been more excited (or nervous) to release it. We’re so thankful to have always had fans that have grown with us and have supported us through our constant state of mitosis. We’re asking everyone to embrace this massive change and see VERSA as a new endeavor, by two new people making music with no limitations or preconceptions. We’re only just getting started.

WE WILL BE RELEASING our debut single as VERSA shortly, along with info on a new release. We hope you all are as excited as we are…

Links below for our new social media sites | | | | |

We’re also working on ideas for an official fan club. Stay tuned. 


As a celebration of 5 years of VersaEmerge, we are doing a special vinyl release of our 1st EP Perceptions. More info will be released Sunday night.

-Blake & Sierra

VersaEmerge Share New Video and Change Band Name


When it was announced that VersaEmerge has been dropped by Fueled by Ramen, their longtime record label back in August, fans of the group started to wonder if it spelled the end for them. At first, it was just a rumors that the record label had dropped the band, but when their website had moved VersaEmerge to the alumni category, fans were starting to wonder if the band might be calling it a day.

After voicing all their concerns, the band has assured fans that they were not splitting up and that they were in the process of recording their long-awaited new album. Verse Emerge were scheduled to appear at this past Summer’s Vans Warped tour, but last-minute pulled out because they were working on that album.

Last night, the band released a music video for a song titled, “No Consequences.” Along with that video came notice that VersaEmerge would be no more, but before you get your tighty-whities in a bind, the twosome have decided to shorten their name to simply VERSA.

Read the quick statement that they posted on Facebook alongside the video:

“In the summer of 2012, we filmed a music video for the song ‘No Consequences’. We are happy to announce that we can finally share that video with all of our fans. This will be the last piece of content released as VersaEmerge. Expect music from VERSA before the year is up.

-Blake & Sierra”

VersaEmerge Dropped by Fueled By Ramen


In news that might not be all that shocking, it seems that Fueled by Ramen has dropped VersaEmerge from their artist roster. While no official word has been given as to why the duo have been dropped from the record label, many can attribute that it was due to the fact that they have continually been delaying the released of their sophomore album, Another Atmosphere.

The band were originally scheduled to head out on the Vans Warped Tour this year, but decided that it would be in the best interest of the label and them, to just bow out to concentrate on working on the new album. The album, though has apparently been in production for well over a year. In May, the band released a statement about why they were dropping off the yearly festival tour, but reassuring their fans that they were not breaking up and that they were working on new material, “for real this time.”

”We’re very sorry to say that we are canceling our appearance on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour. This was not an easy decision and we sincerely apologize to the Vans Warped Tour and to anyone who planned to see us this summer. We are still going through some important changes that would be unjustifiable and inexcusable to rush.

Do not fear! We are not splitting up. We’ve been working hard towards an exciting and much needed reorganization. It has taken quite a long time to solidify what direction we want to go in and  but have we finally figured that out.  We’re challenging ourselves daily with self-producing A LOT of new material. So look forward to some new songs… Very very soon. (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

We know that we haven’t made any major announcements in these past few months, and we cannot thank you enough for hanging in there with us throughout this vast period of silence.

We hear you guys!

We will be releasing some more information in the weeks to come concerning future plans and new music…”

As of right now, neither the record label or the band themselves have released a statement on the matter, but it looks like Fueled by Ramen are taking the steps to put them in the alumni category.