Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Rhandy DeGarmo of Vyce Versa.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
DEGARMO: Well we were formed in the scorching flames of Arizona, being a poppier yet heavy-hitting hard rock quintet VyceVersa came out of the gates swinging in 2019. Putting in the work, the band is continuing to write, perform, and prepare to hit the ground running to support their high energy upcoming efforts. Formed by Rhandy Degarmo (bass and vocals), Ricky Elam (Vocals), and Kevin Rogers (guitar), they left the metal world, leaving behind the messages of anger and hate, and bringing a fresh message of love and positivity upon the rock world. They soon rounded out the sound with Ju McElroy on lead guitar, and Wyatt Irvin on drums.
Tirelessly writing and playing, VyceVersa recorded their debut EP with Jacob Miles, released their first single, “Life Is Temporary” on July 18th, and are on the verge of recording their first full-length album in October, being produced by the prolific Ryan Daminson (Asking Alexandria, The Word Alive). With multiple music videos on their way, prepare yourselves for the most exciting new entrant in the world of rock, bearing their hearts and souls into their craft.
The music is a perfectly chaotic reflection of the inner workings of VyceVersa, taking the listener on a dark ride through existence. Still within the genesis of the band, they are endorsed by Tsunami Cables, and have recently signed with Rogue Marketing. Wanting to do something different from the rest of the pack, and to put their hearts into the music, the band started this journey. With sound that has no boundaries, the sky is the limit. Get on board or get out of the way.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
DEGARMO: Being a five piece band, means that you’re going to have so many different influences that come to the table. Some of us being influenced by past rock ‘n’ roll some of us being influenced by current top 40 hits. You never really know with these guys. But when we come together, it’s almost magical.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
DEGARMO: We just released our debut single from our debut record that is coming out this fall! You can find it on YouTube and Facebook! As well as other music major platforms! I think for one what stands out the most is the fact that we don’t scream. We also put a lot of a motion into our music. A lot of bands go in the studio write albums and move on and you can see it in their stage presence. I refuse to be that band. I refuse to let my band be that band.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
DEGARMO: When people see us they should be prepared to let go. Let go of all of the stress of their daily lives and be ready for a night out of enjoyment. We bring so much energy to the stage, it’s what we take pride in the most. If we can give a young fan an opportunity to take his anger out on the floor and not at his school the next day with a weapon perhaps, then I feel like we’ve done our job as a musician and as a band.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
DEGARMO: After we release the current record, we would love to tour that record and get it out there a little bit to the world, and then we would like to start twopoint no. We have a whole other set of music ready to go as well. We are constantly working so it’s never going to stop. In five years we will be playing arenas to thousands and thousands of fans. I can’t wait. Having growing up next to my uncle Chris of Queensrÿche, being in stadiums on stage is all I ever known.