The Verses


The Verses – ‘Running Away’

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If the people in this promo photo for Melbourne band The Verses look familiar, it’s because they are. Almost ten years on from the major label debut of their previous band Killing Heidi (yes, it has been that long!), Jesse and Ella Hooper are back.

I saw The Verses perform during their first residency at The Toff in Melbourne back in the middle of the year. They played for two hours and I was captivated the entire time. Ella Hooper is arguably the best front woman in Australia and brings some much needed strength and sex appeal to the often limp genre of alt-country.

‘Running Away’ features guest vocals from Melbourne singer-songwriter Dan Sultan. More a sparring match than a duet, Sultan and Hooper belt out a song about love not so much lost as outright rejected.

The Verses play A Day on The Green with Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers on the 31st of January before supporting Kate Miller-Heidke at the Melbourne Zoo on the 5th of February.


4 Responses

  1. Sarah

    January 26, 2009 6:13 pm

    I saw the verses play the other night but was quite dissapointed as i’d heard they had changed style and were more cut back, alt country… but i’m a bit confused how they think they are alt country?? it was more rock pop! and very similar to the music they used to make in killing heidi…..maybe they should think of not labelling themselves and this would probably work to their advantage.

  2. confused??

    March 27, 2009 11:54 pm

    I don’t know who Sarah saw the other night but it can’t have been Verses.
    I saw them support counting crows tonight and the where great. definitely alt country, and alot better than Killing Heidi ever where.

  3. Paul&Sonya

    December 13, 2009 4:27 pm

    These guys backed Fleetwood Mac in Perth – Sat 12th Dec. Did not know of them at the time and asked question to my wife – Don’t they sound a lot like Killing Heidi? Regardless their sound was great and yes Ella is a stage professional, seems to be able to get great connection to audience. Not surprising given their backgrounds. Wish them every success.

  4. Jenn BC

    January 5, 2010 7:31 pm

    I saw the Verses at Fleetwood Mac in Brisbane, and thought they were fantastic, I thought they were very professional, I couldn’t keep my eyes off them, and i thought she looked great, boasting a very natural and womanly body. Their sound was mesmerizing and i am definitely going to look out for their album!



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