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WATCH: Versus Me “(A) Tension” Music Video

I’ve never been a metal fan. I spent years willing myself to “just like it” and “stop worrying so much about the lyrics” but it never worked. Earlier this week, I finally discovered my love for metal through metalcore band, Versus Me. And, to my surprise, I didn’t have to sacrifice my need for powerful lyrics in order to find it.

Versus Me released their debut single, “(A) Tension” a few weeks ago and it’s a song about everyone. Guitarist and vocalist, Patrick Thompson puts it very succinctly, “It’s simply about anxiety.” Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxious sometimes, we all experience anxiety on some level. In a world where all new music seems to be about drugs, sex and romance, it’s nice to have a change of pace and listen to a song every single person can relate to.

Though they are a metalcore band, Thompson sings a very punk-pop style chorus which is nicely complimented by the Blink-182, circa “What’s My Age Again,” style music video. These aspects paired with lead singer James Milbrandt’s rapping (while still screaming) makes for an unforgettable first listen. Who knows, it might even be life changing (it certainly was for me).

Check out the music video, featuring Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate) and lyrics below as well as Milbrandt’s thoughts on the song. Take the time to read the lyrics, it’s well worth it.

You can purchase the single or buy concert tickets here.

James Milbrandt:

The song was inspired by the feeling of anxiety and the thoughts and mindset that someone experiencing anxiety would go though. It’s kind of a darker subject matter but presented in an upbeat fashion!

Lyrics:

Will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop?

This poisoned voice in my head just keeps on screaming.
I try to block it out but my mind keeps on reeling in the clutches of a midnight crisis I’m crippled by where my mind is.
I don’t know where it came from yet I know my inner voice is faceless will it ever stop controlling how I feel inside.
How come when you need to snap out of something it never happens until you snap?
Sometimes I get so worked up I make myself sick.

Will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop?

Its been so hard to get back on my feet with every step I take I’m feeling incomplete.
Make me a better me who never conflicts a me that can make some sense of this.
With the nights that last forever or the days that never quit I will search for peace in every moment (every moment)
When there are days like today where I’ve somehow gone wrong and I can’t seem to see how I went off the deep end for so long I can’t seem to break away if I’m lucky maybe time will find a way to put behind me the moment that I went astray if I find a silver lining everything will be okay.

Will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop?

Time just keeps moving on my mind’s in prison this voice is poison in my head.

Will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop or ever slow down? I’m feeling trapped and I don’t know how to get out of my head and move on oh will this ever stop?

When everyday’s like today where I’ve gone wrong (I can’t break away) if I’m lucky maybe time will find a way (Everything will be ok)

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Ariella Laichas-Malamud

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Co-editor of this fine publication and loving every minute of it. Music is my life as seen by all of my usernames. When I'm not doing music, I'm watching netflix or talking about poetry. Native to sunny city by the beach, English major in one of the rainiest cities on earth.

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