Formed in Swansea in 2007, World Vs. World consist of Kirk Bowen (vocals/guitar); Krist Davison (bass/vocals); and Damian Harris (drums). After forging a name for themselves on the South Wales live scene between 2009-2011 and the release of two self-produced EPs Our Own Personal Tabloid (2007) featuring original bassist, James Morgan (King Goon); and The Six Degrees Of Separation (2009), which was recorded as a two piece with Damian taking on bass duties, and engineered by Krist, who later joined the band); World Vs. World caught the attention of Death Monkey Records and joined the label in late 2012.
During the next few years while they set about recording for their NEW label, the band members experienced a number of unfortunate setbacks in their personal lives including close personal losses; relationship breakdowns, threats of homelessness, and a near fatal car accident just weeks prior to the eventual first release.
Through devotion, despair and often pure spite, it was the band that kept each of the desperate members functioning through adversity and World Vs. World maintained a strong live presence, miraculously averaging 40+ gigs a year and playing every single gig as though it was their last…because at times, none of them knew either way if it could be. The final result of their experiences culminated in the release of their debut album The Sentinel Paradox through DMR in February 2015. Accompanied by 4 singles (The lead single, Bohemian Groove taking #1 spot in a number of internet radio charts and after 3 months at the top spot, subsequently voted XRP Radio’s #1 track in their Top 100 Tracks of 2015. Album track, Bang To Rights also made their Top 100, featuring at #29).
The release of The Sentinel Paradox led to acclaim from all over the world; with notable accolades coming from the likes of UK 90s rockers, China Drum‘s Adam Lee; American pop-culture novelist, Nicki Lee; and RT US Redacted Tonight host, Lee Camp (who also provided a spoken word skit for the introduction track). Off the back of the album, World Vs. World successfully embarked on two UK-wide tours when it was launched, and then Summer 2016, taking in dates across Wales, England and Scotland.
In 2017, the band started to focus they efforts on more local/regional shows where they were able to hammer out new or “work in progress” material. This led to the release of The Beat Of The Alpha and Sea Of Glass singles in 2017 and 2018.
In early summer 2019, World Vs. World had the opportunity to be involved in the Sound Board Magazine & DMR collaborative compilation CD project, Abertawe 13; where they decided to re-record the track the first track from their debut EP, Burn In Hell which is a song still much requested at shows from long time fans.
To specify the band’s influences would be difficult, as they range from UK Brit-Rock; Classic Rock and Metal; Modern Alternative Rock; First and Second-Wave Punk Rock; Folk legends and even philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and fictional dystopian novelists. They make the claim however that
“We don’t sound like any one specific influence, but all of our hero’s rolled up in to a 3-piece rock band who are pissed off with the way the world is run”.
Due to the way they approach writing music, and an ever-changing world; the band are currently officially working on the follow up album to The Sentinel Paradox; but there is no release date or schedule set at the moment. There are whispers of World Vs. World heading to the practice rooms as soon as is possible once the current Covid-19 pandemic is under proper management.