The intro sounds like a whale is dying, or a dial-up modem. But slowly, the piercing guitar feedback of the Versing song “1896” takes shape, becoming a harmonious landscape of reverberation. The song, off the Seattle-based band’s Nude Descending EP, which came out last week, gives you a taste of what the ’90s lo-fi-inspired quartet is capable of — they’re just as willing to compose catchy pop hooks as off-putting introductions. Touting their new record at Baby Bar this Sunday, the band will make you sway and sing along, and then, when the music gets gloriously loud and screechy, wish you’d remembered your earplugs.
— Laura Johnson