Versus the World’s Donald Spence releasing solo EP “The Late Shift”

Music News | By on Feb 20th, 2014

Donald Spence

Donald Spence of Versus The World is going to be releasing a solo, stripped-down EP on March 4th called The Late Shift. Hardline Entertainment will be releasing the album. On top of that, Versus The World and Donald Spence will be touring a lot this Spring with The Ataris and Authority Zero.

Hermosa Beach eclectic imprint Hardline Entertainment today announced the upcoming release of “The Late Shift”, the debut solo EP from Versus the World frontman Donald Spence. Out March 4th, the EP will be a collection of stripped-down songs that highlight the singer-songwriter’s gifts for melody and story telling.

Spence has spent the last few years touring the globe with his band Versus the World (whose members include The Ataris’ Michael Davenport and Lagwagon’s Chris Flippin) in support of their latest release Drink. Sing. Live. Love. Despite the bands hectic touring schedule, Spence’s creative energy hasn’t slowed down a bit, and the “The Late Shift” is a document of the ups and downs of a life lived for art.

The EP also represents a bit of a departure for Spence, as he eschews the post-punk for which Versus the World is known, instead taking his cues from Americana, alt country, and rock and roll. The resulting collection of songs featuring the title track “The Late Shift”, Donald sings about living and loving in the working class world, “Forever the poor boys, drinking bottom shelf with the rest of the working stiffs. What ever keeps that fire lit.” Lamenting that sometimes working to just get by is more than enough. With the track “Don’t it Show”, Spence writes about the life that doesn’t stop when you leave on tour. The relationships and the world that refuse to quit turning just because you left the country. “The great healer and killer of all things. We’re all doing time.”

TOUR DATES

VERSUS THE WORLD
Feb. 16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ The Velvet Jones w/ The Flatliners
Feb. 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Midtown Barfly w/ The Flatliners
Feb. 28 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock w/ The Ataris
March 1 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar w/ The Ataris
March 2 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers w/ The Ataris
March 3 – San Lois Obispo, CA. @ SLO Brew w/ The Ataris
March 5 – West Hollywood, CA. @ House of Blues w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 6 – Anaheim, CA. @ House of Blues w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 7 – San Diego, CA. @ House of Blues w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 8 – San Francisco, CA. @ Bottom of the Hill w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 11 – Portland, OR. @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 12 – Seattle, WA. @ The Showbox w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 13 – Boise, ID. @ The Knitting Factory w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 14 – Salt Lake City, UT. @ In the Venue (Club Sound) w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 15 – Denver, CO. @ Summit Music Hall w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 16 – Kansas City, MO. @ The Riot Room w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River
March 18 – St. Louis, MO. @ Old Rock House w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River

DONALD SPENCE TOUR DATES

March 20 – Minneapolis, MN. @ Mill City Nights w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 21 – Chicago, IL. @ House of Blues w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 22 – Indianapolis, IN. @ The Vogue w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 23 – Detroit, MI. @ The Shelter w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 24 – Cleveland, OH. @ Agora Ballroom w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 26 – Pittsburg, PA. @ Alter Bar w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 27 – Philadelphia, PA. @ The Theatre of Living Arts w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 28 – Silver Spring, MD. @ The Fillmore w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 29 – Boston, MA. @ Brighton Music Hall w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
March 30 – New York City, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre w/ The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Gasoline Heart
April 2 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room w/ Authority Zero
April 3 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint w/ Authority Zero
April 4 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java w/ Authority Zero
April 5 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Jewish Mother w/ Authority Zero
April 6 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Authority Zero
April 8 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive w/ Authority Zero
April 9 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits w/ Authority Zero
April 10 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre w/ Authority Zero
April 11 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Culture Room w/ Authority Zero
April 15 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr w/ Authority Zero
April 17 – Prescott, AZ @ Bar w/ Authority Zero
April 18 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar w/ Authority Zero

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