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Kung Fu Records is proud to present Versus The World's incredible third album, Homesick/Roadsick. Drawing on their impressive resume (The Ataris, Lagwagon), Versus The World create a sound that Alternative Press Magazine calls "...wildly energetic but firmly rooted in the melodic styles the band members know well..." Reuniting with veteran producer Thom Flowers (The Ataris, Lagwagon, Mad Caddies, Useless ID) and mixed by Ian MacGregor (All American Rejects, Katy Perry), Homesick/Roadsick is an astounding display of anthemic pop-punk and driving post-hardcore with just a tinge of melancholy that makes for an instant classic. Yes we said it: Instant Classic.

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released June 23, 2015

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Track Name: The Santa Margarita
I was all alone and drunk as shit when the Universe caved in. Now I'm drifting out alone.
I heard a voice and my heart sank like the Santa Margarita.
Never to be seen or heard from again.
I don't believe in life after death, but I do believe that:
All good vices,
All good grudges,
All good loves deserve to resurrect. So I raise the dead.

The ebb and flow, forever marching on and on and on. No regard for anyone.
The best we can do is fight the urge to let the waves wash us away.
You know I want to believe that we'll find peace in rest,
I just wanna breathe & decompress.

I think of all of the times that I gave death the slip,
I know that one of these nights I'm gonna fuck up and I'll trip,
Come to think of it... I've been hearing whispers...
And he's been asking questions... So I'll be moving on...
I'll be moving...

I wanna believe that we'll find peace in rest. I just gotta grieve and decompress.
I wanna believe that we'll find peace in rest. I just wanna grieve and decompress.
Come to think of it... I've been hearing whispers...
And he's been asking questions... So I'll be moving on.
Track Name: The Black Ocean
Shoot me into the rising sun, like shooting up with adrenaline.
There is no pause there is no fear, there's nothing that I can see,
Only anticipation for what lies past The Black Ocean.

I don't know what I believe... In the end it won't mean anything.
I regret every precious moment I squandered away... When in the end you were everything.

Every night the moon starts a fire. Breathing breath into my deflated lungs!
I am the moth she is the flame. From The Black Ocean she calls my name.
There were nights I swore her light was the only love I'd ever know.

Forget what you believe... In the end it won't mean anything.
When we were young we swore "our hearts would never live to die alone."
How the hell could we have known?

I don't know what I believe... In the end it won't mean anything.
I regret every precious moment I squandered away... When in the end you were everything
Forget what you believe... In the end it won't mean a goddamed thing.
When we were young we swore "our hearts would never live to die alone."
How the hell could we have know?
You won't go alone...
I won't let you go alone.
Track Name: A Storm Like Me
I woke up slow, I woke up late. I prefer it that way.
I shook off the rust, I grabbed my things. I locked the door behind me.
I drop a line like cannon fire. I'm growing fond of passing through,
I'm growing fond of imposing on you.
And so I wash up on your doorstep... Call it long weekend affair...
And I leave worse for the wear.

Go on... Go on... Forget about me.
I ain't no good for you... I ain't no good for me.

I feel your hot breath on my skin, and I know the type of trouble I'm in...
The type that breeds repeat offenses.
I feel the sunrise stare me down, and I know you just can't live this way...
But it's my way anyway, anyway.
And so I wash out with the tide,
The current steals me from your side,
And I leave worse for the wear.

Go on... Go on... Forget about me.
I ain't no good for you... I ain't no good for me.

I roll through like the rain and I leave just the same.
Trust me, you don't want a storm like that to stay.
I roll through like the rain and I leave just the same,
Trust me, you don't want a storm like me to stay... For too long.

Go on.. Go on... Come see about me.
I'll be good to you. You be good to me.
Trust me you don't want a storm like me to stay.
Track Name: Seven Thirty One
I can't eat pills when I fly anymore,
I can't visit all the towns we saw before,
Without at least whispering your name,
I'm still climbing all the ropes you showed me...
When we die were alone.

We're human beings, such fragile things.
And the heart is a terrible thing to break,
But how much could it really take?

I sing your daughters song out loud from time to time,
And always get choked up on the same line.
While it's naive to think that any of us get out alive,
It's still hard to say goodbye.
It's just a matter of time.

All we can do is raise a glass and remember all the good nights that we had.
The best we can do is sing along. The very least that we can do is sing along.

If it gets worse before it gets better, than my luck has gotta change.
If it gets worse before it gets better, than my luck is gonna change.

We're human beings. Resilient things.
But the heart will take its time to mend,
The old wood cracks before if bends.

All we can do is throw em back, and remember all the long nights that we had.
The best we can do is sing along. The very least that we can do is sing along.
I owe you
Track Name: A Brooklyn Rooftop
Brooklyn... A skyline... A rooftop... A cold night...
In January goddamn I miss my friends.
Chain smoke... And talk shit... We sucked down bottles of cheap champaign.
Goddamn I've miss my friends.
Sometimes when I'm alone I think of all the damage that we've done when we were young and unafraid.

Sometimes being alright means we're not as fucked up as we used to be.
Somehow I knew we'd be alright, no matter how fucked up we used to be.

We had our west coast nights, our cheap red wine, our pockets full of white.
We carried what we thought were broken hearts.
But time marched on and we did too... It's a shame we grew apart,
But maybe that's why it feels so good to see you know.

Sometimes when I'm alone I sit and think of the damage that we done when we were young and unimpressed.
Track Name: A Sight For Sore Eyes
To all the would be stars who are stuck in karaoke bars...
To all the would be lovers that always seem to sleep alone...
To all the second guessers and assistant managers...
To all the second born, to those who broke their mothers hearts...
With their tattoos and their drinking problems.

We're beautiful.
Like a rock in a cops face.
And when it's hard to find...
Don't let the bastards drag you down.

Get in line for a life that you hate... But where's the heart in that?
Why do we choose our paths out of fear and practicality?
If we all gotta die alone them tonight lets get drunk and talk real close,
We'll count down the minutes till we get home.

You're beautiful,
Like a rock in a cops face.
And when it's hard to find...
Don't let the bastards drag you down.

You're a beautiful sight for sore eyes,
You're like a rock in a cops face.
And when it's hard to find,
Don't let the bastards drag you down.
Track Name: Homesick Roadsick
Keep the fires burning I'm coming home tonight.
Keep the diesel burning I'm coming home tonight.
You said "something gotta give" and all I know is take,
But nothing more than you wanna give away.
You said "something's gotta give".

I could never stay long,
Call me restless, call me roadsick.
You say you know the type, the type that doesn't know what he's looking for.
For all I know you could be right.

Abused what I thought was my charming sense of humor for too long.
The only card that I had left was the last thing that you want.
You say I'll never learn and I like to keep warm,
From all the heat of the bridges that I burn...
You say I'll never learn.

I could never stay long,
Call me helpless, call me homesick.
You say you know the type, the type that don't know a good thing when he's got it.
Well I know a good thing when I see it,
So I'll be seeing you.

Well it's a long ride back to the way I wanna feel,
But now I got it in my sights,
Yeah it's a long ride back to how I wanna be,
But now I know just where I'm headed...
In ever could say that before.

I could never stay long,
Call me restless, call me roadsick.
You say you know the type, the type that never finds what he's looking for.
I could never stay long,
Call me helpless, call me homesick.
You say you know the type, the type that don't know a good thing when he's got it.
I hope for my sake that you're wrong.
Track Name: Bullet Train
I came to on a bullet train barely able to hold open my eyes,
My head swam, vision came slowly.
Then darkness gave way go light.
The world went racing by... But where the fuck was I?


From the window seat the tree line moves slower than the foreground the further I get away,
Sometime I kid myself into believing that when I leave that my life waits for me...
That's not the way it goes.

I lost count and so I started scratching days into the walls until my hands bled,
My heart broke when the features of your face faded away from memory.

I won't forget you,
If it's the last thing that I ever do.
I won't forget you.
I left a kiss upon your headstone,
My last smoke and a flask,
On the off chance that you find your way back

Foreign bars and time zones,
I found my way by candle light,
I don't know my way home,
If I found my way would you recognize me?
The years were never kind.
That's just the way it goes.

I lost track and so I started scratching names into my arms until my hands bled,
I lost hope when the features of your face faded away from memory.
Track Name: Detox Retox
Something about this place makes everyone an asshole,
There's something in the air... Turns everyone's lungs black.
Instead of burning down the bridges and the ports on my way out...
I always find my way back.
There's something about my eyes that always looks for trouble,
The thing about my hands... They love the Devils work.
And I know I should bite my tongue... But I hate the taste of blood,
And I don't know what is worse.

Detox all day and I Retox my nights away.
Sing my lungs out for the same song... Sing along.

There's some days I don't even know my own reflection.
I walk passed the mirror to see the Devil catch my eye.
Well, I know better than to take a second look cause if I did,
I'd have to admit I like what I find.

Detox all day and I Retox my nights away.
Sing my lungs out for the same song... Sing along.


You've gotta love a place that looks out for the vultures.
You keep the bottom fed they won't come up for air.
Well, I swear I'm burning down the bridges and the ports on my way out,
So I can't find my way back here.

Detox all day and I'll Retox my fucking life away.
Sing my guts out for the same song... Sing along
Track Name: Self Preservation Is Killing Us All
I haven't had a dry night in longer that I can remember...
Made more allowance for decadence than I should admit.
Every secret I swallowed like cyanide...
Ended up rotting me out from the inside.

I always knew it would have to end this way,
I have a masters touch at fucking up pretty much everything.
Every dead pan, forked tongue delivery,
Another fist full of dirt to bury me.

Ain't that the way it always goes?
Pulling the ripcord... Saving myself before anybody know.
Ain't that the way it always goes?
Alone in the lifeboat saving myself... Before anybody knows.

Waving off questions, dancing through bullets and consequence.
Leaving a clear trail of bodies and evidence.
By the time they came to carry me away...
I was long gone on a midnight bullet train.

Ain't that the way it always goes?
Make a good entrance a quite good bye... Before anybody knows.
Ain't that the way that it always goes?
Light up the fuses...excuse myself before anybody knows.
Track Name: Our Song
If I hold my breath... Maybe it hurts less...
If I close my eyes... I won't be so afraid...
If I could convince myself when this was all said and done...
That I could meet you there I wouldn't have to be so scared I could let go.

A final note decays... A curtain lowers slowly...
A silence settles in... A melody lives on...
The only thing that we can take with us is every heart we left behind.
The only part of us that ever could live on was our song.... Sing on.

The strange thing about time and oxygen.
We never pay the respect they deserve till they're almost gone...
The final note decays and the curtain lowers slowly...
And the song lives on...