California punks Versus The World will release their new album, Homesick/Roadsick on April 7 via Kung Fu Records. Today, the band are teaming up with AP to bring you the album’s lead single, “The Santa Margarita,” which was written as a tribute to the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name.
“I wrote the lyrics to ‘The Santa Margarita’ after I'd gotten the news that our friend Tony Sly had died,” vocalist/guitarist Donald Spence tells AP. “He'd taken us on a few tours early in our band’s life, and I really didn't know how to process the information. I've known people who have died... But this really hurt my heart in a different way. I think that’s because, in addition to being a good friend, I still really look up to him in many ways. I asked my friend Dave Hause to come in and sing on the chorus with me, and we had a blast. He's such a fun person to have around. He ended up hanging in the studio with us for a while and singing on a few tracks. We're really proud of these songs. I think it's the strongest record we've made so far—a truly collective effort. I can't wait to play these songs live.”