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Patience paid off for VerseEmerge

of the Oakland Press

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VersaEmerge singer Sierra Kusterbeck says that things are going “according to plan” for the hard rock group from Port S. Lucia, Fla. And that includes waiting several years to release its debut album, “Fixed at Zero,” choosing instead to release shorter EPs and get its touring chops in order.

“It really helped us so much because we had time to mature and time to learn new things and just get experience under our belts,” Kusterbeck, 19, explains. “So when we did go into the studio we weren’t newbies at all.

“When I first came to the band, they (guitarist Blake Harnage and bassist Devin Ingelido) were strangers and now I’ve been touring with them for two years. It’s easier to relate when it comes to writing the music. We can understand each other. We’re on the same page. If we had gone into the studio without that, we would have been really lost, but we definitely learned a lot from that time together.”

The experience also gave the three musicians time to develop the theme for “Fixed at Zero,” which Kusterbeck describes as “being stuck at one spot and just lost and you can’t fix it.” But even though she acknowledges that’s a bit “dark,” she feels like there’s some light at the end of the 11-song tunnel.

“It’s supposed to be hopeful, even though it has a negative vibe to it,” Kusterbeck explains. “We really love the feel and the idea of it. It’s about being stuck in something, but it’s supposed to be motivating and hopeful.”

VersaEmerge, Anarbor, the Dangerous Summer and Conditions perform Friday, Nov. 12, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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