MP3 Versus the Nothing - Let It All Come Down
Melodic Alternative Rock with a passion.
11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, ROCK: Hard Rock
Raw passion, dedication, hopes, dreams. This is what fuels the musical creation of five energetic guys. Resistant to the black vortex that creates misery and dampens dreams, Versus The Nothing is a band whose imagination and musical talent has rocketed them into the recording of their second album, “Let it all Come Down”.
Humble beginnings and experimenting in basement of a house has transformed into musical passion and commitment. Jason and Ross, two of the original members harnessed the energy from there teenage years and blended their abilities with the talents of three others: Chris Shaw, Derek Merrell and Jake Wyman.
Locals gigs under the band name Elixir at Stardust Roller Rink’s Battle of the Bands and The Endoplasmic got their name out there. It gave them a taste of what it was like to perform for a live crowd. In 2005 they played the Supernova Battle of the Bands at the Croatian Cultural Centre and snagged the attention of Chris Shaw and Derek Merrell, who quickly became an integral part of the band. Late 2005 saw the recording of Elixir’s first album, So This Is Life, and the introduction of Jake Wyman as drummer in early 2006.
With a fused membership and a shared vision, the band headed upwards, landing in the top 10 finalists of 99.3 Fox Seeds (https://www.tradebit.com) contest in 2005 and in the top 20 of over a thousand entries in 2006. In the Spring of 2007 they were repeatedly invited and enthusiastically received at The Roxy, Richards on Richards, and the Plaza Club.
August 2007 saw the band’s first Western Canadian tour, as they pumped energy and rock into the hearts of close to 500 people at venues in Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Red Deer and finally Edmonton, where they had been selected from over 1,200 bands to co-headline with three other bands at the North American Diesel Performance Drag Races.
The end of 2007 saw a need to change their name from Elixir to Versus The Nothing, as they sat down to collaborate and passionately record their second album. The soulful, melodic sounds of Ross’ voice, combined with the emphatic balance of bass, guitar and drums appeal to a diverse audience, although at heart the boys love to fill a room with pulsating hard rock.
They pool their inspirations and challenge each other’s creativity.
Ross Archibald – Vocals
One of the two who started it all, Ross has been singing from the time he could talk. From walking to school or showering, Ross’ melodious voice has been out for the public to hear. He has been an invaluable member of various choirs throughout school, and was a BC Honor Choir Student in both 2000 and 2001. Some of his musical influences are Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), Mel Torme, Zack DeLa Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Scott Anderson (Finger Eleven).
Jason Scannell – Bass
The one who braved the wrath of his father for using his instruments and practicing in his basement, Jason has been dedicated from the beginning. Concert band and jazz band classes in high school, combined with private lessons and support from his dad Muttley gave Jason his ability to rock it hard on the bass. His musical influences have been Justin Chanceler (Tool), Les Claypool (Primus), Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) and Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine).
Chris Shaw – Guitar
Chris first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, and has been attached to one ever since, teaching himself how to play, and discovering new riffs. He has taken several courses in Music Composition, and draws inspiration from a variety of musical influences, from blues to metal to classic rock. Chris joined Versus The Nothing in February 2005. He values the musical talents of Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, White Zombie, Pantera, Slayer, ACDC, and the legendary Jimi Hendrix.
Derek Merrell – Guitar/Vocals
Derek began playing the guitar at the age of 14 and was quickly recognized as having talent. He was part of the Terry Fox Music Program in high school and graduated with Honors of Distinction. Derek has performed many times in front of live audiences, including a Battle of The Bands at General Motors Place, where he played with both the first place and second place bands. He has also recorded at Mushroom Studios with John Wazniak of Marcy Playground. His musical influences have been Santana, Papa Roach, Incubus, Joe Satriani and Breaking Benjamin.
Jake Wyman – Drums
Jake started playing percussion in high school at the age of 13. Originally schooled in concert and jazz band, he developed a love for all the different genres and sub-genres the rock scene had to offer in the late 80s and early 90s. Ten years later, the old school funk sounds of the 60s and 70s were responsible for Jake’s evolving his style of play to what it is today, applying funky rhythms with hard hitting sound. His influences have been Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica. In 2006 he toured Indonesia as the fill-in drummer for The Flairs, performing to a daily crowd of 20,000 – 100,000.
For bookings or information on Versus The Nothing
Contact: management@https://www.tradebit.com or call 604-836-1273
Versus The Nothing can also be viewed at https://www.tradebit.com
• 5 Song demo released March 2004
• Video “Switcher” released March 2006
• Derder Paintball Production (https://www.tradebit.com) San Diego California. Tracks included on DVD’s:
“Switcher” – SC Village 2006 XPLS event
“World Obsession” – Vendetta 2006
“I Suppose” – Sticks and Stones 2007
• North American Diesel Performance’s 1st DVD (https://www.tradebit.com) Edmonton Alberta. Track’s included on the “Got Smoke” DVD:
Also chosen to perform live at Cowboys in Edmonton for the NADP after party.
• Featured in “No Cover” Magazine (https://www.tradebit.com) and “Groupies Suck” Compilation CD (Into You), January 2007 issue with +44. Distributed to all Barnes and Nobles Stores across the United States.
• Aired by Inside Connection Music Magazine radio show, “The Indie Connection” on WLIX 104.5 fm in New York (https://www.tradebit.com) February 2007.
• Aired on the #1 Independent Internet Radio Station, Indie 104 in Los Angeles California. (https://www.tradebit.com)
• “Into You” chosen to be featured on “Undiscovered Indie Music” – “Undiscovered” allows artists in Rock and Alternative genres the opportunity to have their music broadcasted on the four following stations: KERX 95.3FM, in Ft Smith, Ar; WAMX, 106.3 FM, in Huntington, WV; WEGW, 107.5 FM, in Wheeling, WV; and WHBR, 103.1 FM, in Parkersburg, WV
• Aired on Shaw Cable (Vancouver) – April 2007, Friday Night Revolution taping of “6ix’s Benefit Concert”.
• Aired by CBC Radio3
• “IntoYou” chosen to be in the Shred II movie, a major motion picture starring Tom Green. The movie is filmed at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna British Columbia. Movie to be released Winter 2007 and produced by Peace Arch Entertainment.
• Toured British Columbia and Alberta August 2007.
* NADP Got Smoke 2 DVD - 2008 - Songs chosen for video -Glory, We Won''t Go, "Cause I wished and Burning Out.
March 2008 - Came in one the top 12 Bands in Canada on the Mazda Musik Tour Competition.
August 2007 - NADP Magazine
"This group of young rockers has a fresh as kicking vibe that has to be heard to fully appreciate. Drawing from many influences their rock attitude is enough to make an old man bob his head to the killer guitar melodies and solid vocals.
No Cover Magazine – January 2007 Issue
Vancouver – Party crashing Elixir (Now known as Versus the Nothing) at Kwantlen College
Steven Abbot – Project Opus – Thu, 2007-02-22
When the prospect of a lunch hour show cam my way, I jumped. Only a few minutes frommy home office there was almost no effort involved to go see a FREE (!) show. I couldn’t go wrong. I would have excused them if it was lame, but what a surprise. Elixir Rocks!
I did, though, crash a party. I quickly discovered that this wasn’t really an open performance. It was an effort by the Student Council at Kwantlen University College in Langley to do something fun for the students: an outdoor show by a cool band, with free pizza and pop – it’s not something a student could pass up. Many did though.
I arrived about halfway through the set. It was cold, and there were only a handful of people huddled around the soundboard keeping warm, but they were sure digging the music. We were outdoors near the end of a long, outdoor courtyard. Surrounded by brick and metal building, the sound was some of the best I had heard, even from the clubs. Crystal clear vocals and you could hear all of the instruments instead of just a thunderous drone.
I hadn’t heard much from these guys before, so every song was something new for me. They delivered powerful and solid tunes with a lot of passion. Even though there was almost no one in attendance, the band brought the attitude and the energy that makes it work. If I get the chance to see them in a club (or anywhere with a bigger audience) I will be there. As I said before – they rock!
Press Reviews Cont’d:
SPM Music Review
Stiff Josh – SPM Music
Friday, August 11th, 2006
SPM Music Show Review for August 3rd…
“Elixir also played an out of control set as well! I think the stage was too small for these guys cause they were freaking everywhere, with a sound reminiscent of ALEXISONFIRE. They also have a new CD out too as well, called “So this is life…” (you can get it through them).”
HotShot – https://www.tradebit.com – October 31st 2005
Point Magazine – https://www.tradebit.com – July 2005
CFOX 99.3 Vancouver
Local New Music (June 2005 CFOX)
Featured on the Fox Local New Music indie night. https://www.tradebit.com
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